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SAB Meeting 

We can look back on successful CID events. On April 19 the Steering Committee was honoured to welcome four of our Scientific Advisory Board members: Jay Belsky (Davis, USA), BJ Casey (New York, USA), Mark Johnson (London, UK), and Nick Martin (Queensland, Australia). With the beautiful set of Huize Molenaar (Utrecht), they discussed the progress of the consortium and the plans for the upcoming years. The SAB members were impressed by the reports and presentations on the four work packages. They recognized clear progress and areas of opportunity for CID to have an even greater impact.

CID Symposium 

On April 20 we were happy to welcome around 65 CID researchers and people interested on our fourth CID symposium at Paushuize, Utrecht. There were great talks followed by interesting discussions lead by PIs and members of our Scientific Advisory Board. There was a successful meet-the-expert lunch in which junior researchers had the change to discuss their projects with our senior scientists. And of course, we had a lovely concluding high tea.

CID retreat

On April 20-21, we were proud to organise our first CID retreat. With the retreat we brought together junior CID researchers and PIs of the consortium, stimulated collaborations and provided a great opportunity to network with colleagues.

Saying goodbye as CID Project Manager

And with this beautiful set of CID events, now the time has come to say goodbye for me as project manager of this consortium. It has been so wonderful working together with all of you and I definitely learned a lot in the past 5 years. As I move into working full time as Executive director on the YOUth cohort study, I spent the last week preparing Lotte Houtepen as new CID project manager. She introduces herself below. I am certain she will bring all the best to CID, and I wish her every success.

Jacobine Buizer-Voskamp
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A brand new self-control scale

Selecting items of the well-known ASEBA self-control scale, Yayouk Willems has developed a psychometrically sound self-control scale for parent-, teacher- and self-report across childhood and adolescence, which has been validated in the Netherlands Twin Register.

This new scale allows multiple large population based registers participating in CID (e.g. NTR, TRAILS, ABCD) with longitudinal ASEBA data readily available to (collectively) study individual differences in self-control in youth. There were significant cross-sectional and longitudinal correlations found between self-control and psychosocial outcomes, including well-being, educational achievement, and substance use.
Read the publication    »

Meet Lotte Houtepen, our new CID project manager!

Lotte has just moved back to Utrecht from Bristol, to start her new position. She looks forward to meeting the CID community, and has written an introduction to give you a first impression of who she is.

 Meet Lotte »

Congratulations to Mara van der Meulen on her award!

PhD candidate Mara van der Meulen (L-CID) has won the VNOP Best Poster award! In her project, she focuses on the neural correlates of prosocial behavior and social exclusion in childhood and adolescence. 

To the VNOP website    »

Generation R: Tiny screens, big vision problems

Too much staring at smartphone screens is harmful to children's eyes. Generation R shows how big the problem really is: 25 percent of thirteen-year-olds participating in the study turn out to be short-sighted.

Read the (Dutch) news item »

Opening of a second research center for YOUth

The YOUth Cohort is bulging at the seams!  The many participants no longer fit into one research center. That's why YOUth has opened a second one in the UMC Utrecht. PI Chantal Kemner: "I'm immensely proud."
Read the recap (in Dutch) »


How well children read, determines how much they read

Children who are avid readers are typically good readers, and children who seldom read a book voluntarily, often have dyslexia. Is children's reading ability related to how much they've practised? Or do good readers enjoy books more than dyslexics?

Psychologists and behavioural geneticists from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, in collaboration with the University of Oxford, studied this question in 6,000 7-year-old twin pairs. They discovered that how well children read influences how much they read, and not the other way around. Furthermore, they found that how well children read is  heritable for a large part, while how much they read is influenced equally by genes and by environment.

Check out the news at the VU website    »
Highlighted publications
Achterberg, M., Van Duijvenvoorde, A. C., van der Meulen, M., Bakermans‐Kranenburg, M. J., & Crone, E. A. (2018). Heritability of aggression following social evaluation in middle childhood: An fMRI studyHuman brain mapping

Albers, M. E., Buisman, E. T., Kahn, R. S., Franx, A., Onland‐Moret, N. C., & de Heus, R. (2018). Intra‐and interobserver agreement for fetal cerebral measurements in 3D‐ultrasonographyHuman brain mapping.

van Bergen, E., Snowling, M.J., de Zeeuw, E.L., van Beijsterveldt, C.E.M., Dolan, C.V., & Boomsma, D.I. (in press). Why do some children read more than others? The influence of reading ability on voluntary reading practices. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 

van Dongen, J., Bonder, M. J., Dekkers, K. F., Nivard, M. G., van Iterson, M., Willemsen, G., Beekman, M., Van der Spek, A., Van Meurs, J.B.J., Lude, F., Heijmans, B. T., Van Duijn, C.M., Slagboom, E., Boomsma, D.I. & BIOS Consortium (2018). DNA methylation signatures of educational attainmentnpj Science of Learning3(1), 7.

Martin, N. (2018). Getting to the genetic and environmental roots of educational inequality. npj Scientific of Learning3.

Sah, P., Fanselow, M., Quirk, G. J., Hattie, J., Mattingley, J., & Tokuhama-Espinosa, T. (2018). The nature and nurture of educationnpj Scientific of Learning3.

Smith-Woolley, E., Pingault, J. B., Selzam, S., Rimfeld, K., Krapohl, E., von Stumm, S., Asbury, K., Dale, P.S., Young, T., Allen, R. Kovas, Y. & Plomin, R. (2018). Differences in exam performance between pupils attending selective and non-selective schools mirror the genetic differences between themnpj Science of Learning3(1), 3.

Thomson, S. (2018). Achievement at school and socioeconomic background---an educational perspectivenpj Scientific of Learning3.

Willems, Y. E., Dolan, C. V., van Beijsterveldt, C. E., de Zeeuw, E. L., Boomsma, D. I., Bartels, M., & Finkenauer, C. (2018). Genetic and Environmental Influences on Self-Control: Assessing Self-Control with the ASEBA Self-Control ScaleBehavior genetics48 (2), 135-146.
Have a lovely summer!

... and save the date

The next CID event is planned  for 7 November, 2018: our half-yearly CID meeting will be held from 14.00-17.30 hrs on that day.

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