Professor Barbara Franke is the Chief of Molecular Psychiatry at Radboud University in Nijmegen, The Netherlands, where she is based at the Human Genetics and Psychiatry departments of the Radboud University Medical Center (Radboudumc). Prof Franke is also a Principal Investigator at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour. At Radboudumc, she heads the Division of Genome Research and the Radboud Research Theme Neurodevelopmental Disorders.
Her research is focused on understanding the genetic contribution to neurodevelopmental psychiatric disorders, especially ADHD and its comorbidities. Beyond gene-finding, she uses complementary approaches (bioinformatics, i-neurons, small animal models, neuroimaging genetics) to map biological pathways from gene to disease.
Prof Franke co-chairs of the Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) workgroup for the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium (PGC).