The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded a Vidi grant to Ingo Willuhn for his research on flexible dopamine and rigid behaviour. He will receive a maximum of 800,000 euros to develop an innovative research theme and form his own research group. The Vidi grant will enable Willuhn to conduct research for a period of five years. A total of 509 researchers submitted a research proposal during this grant allocation round, 87 of which were successful.
“Dopamine, a neurotransmitter, is important for learning new habits. I would like to discover the neural pathways that coordinate dopamine secretion during habit formation. Rigid habits, which emerge as a result of a disruption of this coordination, can lead to psychiatric diseases,” says Willuhn.