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Dr Femke Buisman-Pijlman
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2012- present Senior Lecturer Addiction Studies
2008- present Graduate affiliate Faculty VCU
2007-2012 Lecturer Addiction Studies
2011- 2012 Affiliate researcher Psychiatric Neuroscience Research Group
Discipline of Psychiatry, Medicine, the University of Adelaide. Researcher in Psychiatry and Neuroscience lab of prof. Bernhard Baune. Research focussed on integrating behaviour, cognitive function, genes and proteins in humans and animal models as demonstrated in various clinical and basic science models of inflammation relevant to cognitive performance and neuropsychiatric disorders.
2007-2008 Senior Lecturer
2005- 2007 Senior researcher (postdoctoral) Child & Family Studies and Data Theory, Leiden University (NL). Coordinating large twin study on gene x environment interaction in effects of parenting on attachment Analysing data on the role of genetic polymorphisms of neurotransmitters in child behaviour and stress response Supervising master students and two PhD students
2004-2005 (50%) Research associate/author Unit International Affairs, Trimbos-institute for Mental Health and Addiction, Utrecht (NL). Scientific coordinator of project Evidence-Based Electronic Library for Drugs and Addiction with Portugal and UK. Critical review of information and writing content on risks and effects for site Establishing collaboration with USA (NIDA and SAMSHA) Acquisition of new projects (e.g. Harm Reduction Inventory for EU and EMCDDA)
2002-2005 (50%) Program officer Dutch Addiction Program Netherlands Organization for Health Research and Development (ZonMw), The Hague (NL). Monitoring progress of funded addiction research projects in Netherlands Coordinating two calls for applications with NIDA with conferences in USA and Holland. Coordinating 5 national calls Coordinating international collaboration in Dutch addiction with USA, UK and France Organising expert meetings to determine future research priorities
2002-2004 (50%) Research associate
1997-2001 PhD student / teacher
1996-1997 Student teacher Animal behaviour, Faculty of Medicine and Biology, Utrecht University (NL).
Currently studying the Graduate Certificate in Online Learning at the University of Adelaide.
Awards & Achievements
2014 Fundamentals In Human Biology, University of Adelaide MOOC ($40,000)
2012 Winner for South Australian Early Career STEM Educator of the Year - Tertiary Education.
2012 Buisman-Pijlman, Coller, Powrie, Lee. School of Medical Scoences Equipment round. Mobile centrifuge unit for research on biomarkers in mental health research in perinatal and adolescent populations.
2012 Buisman-Pijlman, Hutchinson, Pitcher, Salem, Baune, Baetu, Diener. NHMRC equipment grant. Self-administration apparatus to study food preference, learning and addiction in rat and mice.
2012 Travel award from the US National Institute on Drugs Abuse to present at NIDA International Forum and CPDD
2012 Faculty of Health Sciences International Conference Award (FICA)
2011 recipient of the Executive Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching
2005 Travel award from the US National Institute on Drugs Abuse to present at NIDA International Forum and CPDD
2005 European Union Tender (250000 Euro/400000 AUSD) to make a comprehensive inventory of all the Drug related Harm Reduction measures in the EU
2004-2007 Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports (VWS): arrange scieintific meetings and site visits to inform French, US and UK health care professionals about Dutch treatment options for drug treatment and harm reduction.
2001 Financial support for publication of PhD thesis by Solvay Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Saal van Zwanenberg stichting and Noldus Information Technology b.v.
Managing Guest Editor Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior Special:
The role of oxytocin in positive affect and drug-related reward
Associate editor Frontiers in Psychology
Reviewer for several journals and funding agencies like NHMRC and The Netherlands Organisation of Health, Research and Development (ZonMw).
Program leader of the Master of Science in Addiction Studies Program with Virginia Commonwealth University (USA) and King's College London (UK). Course coordinator Graduate Certificate in Alcohol and Drug Studies. Teaching courses for these program and for Graduate Diploma in Addiction and Mental Health. Contributes to pharmacology courses in B. of Health Sciences, MBBS, B. Nursing. Femke is interested in improving teaching and learning around distance education, student feedback and mature age students.
Femke is currently studying the Graduate Certificate in Online Learning (Higher Ed) at the University of Adelaide.
She is a member of he School of Medical Sciences Learning and Teaching Commitee and the School's Quality Improvement Group as well as the Faculty Internationalisation commitee.
Selected education publications and presentation
Venning, J. & Buisman-Pijlman, F. (2013) Integrating assessment matrices in feedback loops to promote research skill development in postgraduate research projects, Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 38(5), pp. 567-79.
Femke’s research focuses on understanding the relations between early life experiences, biology and drug use. She is especially interested in how early life events change stress responsiveness and drug taking behaviour later in life. Neuropeptides could be key modulators of this long term effect. The role of the immune system in the development of addiction and mental health problems is a special focus as well as the management of pain in people with addiction problems.
Femke believes that inter-disciplinary work is vital to study these areas of research. Please feel free to contact her if you are interested in collaborating in any of these areas.
University of Adelaide: Mark Hutchinson, Michael Sawyer, Paul Rolan
International: Mattie Tops (VU UMC, NL), Sue Carter (University of Illinois at Chicago, USA), Danielle Dick (VCU, USA).
PhD (Pharm): Nicole Sumracki - Theral grill illusion as a model for chronic pain (Paul Rolan; Mark Hutchinson)
PhD (Physiol): Jiajun Liu- Stress regulation in immune compromised animals (Mark Hutchinson)
Honours (Physiol): Krystal Iacopetta - Self-administration in immune compromised mice (Mark Hutchinson)
Honours (Pharm): Emily Alves- Attachment and oxtytocin levels in infants (Andrea Gordon and Michael Sawyer)
Honours (Pharm): Grace Williams - Glial Reactivity and Early Life Exposure to Alcohol (Mark Hutchinson)
Honours (Phys): Melissa Au - Temporal changes induced by morphine in the brain neuroimmune system (Mark Htchinson)
Research publications (see list above for teaching publications)
Taylor, A.E. , Lee H-E. and F.T.A. Buisman-Pijlman (2014) Oxytocin treatment in pediatric populations. Front. Behav. Neurosci. publihsed ahead of print
Liu J, Buisman-Pijlman F, Hutchinson MR (2014) Toll-like Receptor 4: Innate Immune Regulator of Neuroimmune and Neuroendocrine interactions in Stress and Major Depressive Disorder.Frontiers in Neuroscience (8):00309. DOI=10.3389/fnins.2014.00309
Sumracki, N. M., Buisman-Pijlman, F. T. A., Hutchinson, M. R., Gentgall, M. and Rolan, P. (2014), Reduced Response to the Thermal Grill Illusion in Chronic Pain Patients. Pain Medicine. doi: 10.1111/pme.12379
Buisman-Pijlman F, Broadbear J, Sanyai Z, Guest editorial, Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior, Available online 25 November 2013, ISSN 0091-3057, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pbb.2013.11.023.
Buisman-Pijlman F, Sumracki NM, Gordon JJ, Hull PR, Carter CS, Tops M. (2013) Individual differences underlying susceptibility to addiction: Role for the endogenous oxytocin system.Pharmacol Biochem Behav. 2013 Sep 18. pii: S0091-3057(13)00221-9. doi: 10.1016/j.pbb.2013.09.005. [Epub ahead of print]
Tops, M., Koole, S.L., IJzerman, H. & Buisman-Pijlman, F.T., (2013), Why Social Attachment and Oxytocin Protect against Addiction and Stress: Insights from the Dynamics between Ventral and Dorsal Corticostriatal Systems, Available online 31 July 2013, ISSN 0091-3057, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pbb.2013.07.015.
Tops M, Buisman-Pijlman F, Boksem MAS, Wijers AA, Korf J (2012) Cortisol-induced increases of plasma oxytocin levels predict decreased immediate free recall of unpleasant words. Frontiers in Psychiatry (in press).
Pidd, K; Roche, A; Buisman-Pijlman, F (2011) Intoxicated workers: findings from a national Australian Survey. Addiction, 106, 1623-1633.
Sardelis NS, Buisman-Pijlman F, Hutchinson MR, Rolan PE (2011) The response to the thermal grill illusion in chronic pain patients. Anaesthesia and Intensive care 39 (4): 751.
Out, D. Cyr,C., Pijlman, F.T.A., Beijersbergen, M.D., Bakermans-Kranenburg M.J., & van IJzendoorn. M.H. (2009) Disconnected and extremely Insensitive Parenting (DIP)
Bakermans-Kranenburg, M.J., Van IJzendoorn, M.H., Pijlman, F.T.A., Mesman, J., & Juffer, F.. Experimental evidence for differential susceptibility: Dopamine D4 receptor polymorphism (DRD4 VNTR) moderates intervention effects on toddlers' externalizing behavior in a Randomized Control Trial. Developmental Psychology, 2008 Jan;44(1):293-300.
International Behavioral Neuroscience Society
Australian Neuroscience Society; Local organising committee member ANS 2014 Adelaide
Australian and New Zealand Brain Bee Competition - SA coordinator (with Damien Keating)
Australian Association for Infant Mental Health
Healthy Development Adelaide
Staff member Dutch Institute for the Study of Education and Human Development
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