Renate de Groot, PhD

Associate professor

Focus areas

Biopsychological determinants (physical activity, nutrition, and sleep) of learning and cognition in lifelong perspective


Renate de Groot, PhD
Maastricht University
Complex Genetics
PO Box 616
6200 MD Maastricht
T: (+31) (0)45 5762276

Curriculum vitae

Renate de Groot is appointed as Associate Professor at the Welten Institute (previously known as CELSTEC (Centre for Learning Sciences and Technologies)), Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Open University of the Netherlands and the department of Complex Genetics, Maastricht University. She has an interdisciplinary background in the health sciences, neuropsychology, neurosciences as well as the educational sciences.

Renate’s scientific interest is centred on the biopsychological determinants (physical activity, nutrition, and sleep) of learning and cognition in lifelong perspective. Both observational studies as well as intervention studies are part of her core business.  In 2003 she wrote her PhD thesis, entitled Fatty acids, Pregnancy, and Cognition. This work is one of the results of MEFAB.

Currently Renate is involved in studies dealing with the effects of nutritional interventions (omega-3 LCPUFAs) on academic achievement, cognitive performance and mental-wellbeing (Food2Learn) and ‘The Healthy Elementary Dayschool of the Future’, besides many other studies dealing with the biological determinants of learning (GOALS, ALOUD, SmartMoves!)

In addition, Renate is board member of ISSFAL (International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids). Renate also played an important role in the foundation of the ethical committee of the Open University and is now a well-respected board member of this committee. Recently Renate is applied as research coordinator of the Welten Institute.


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