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Dick Swaab – We are our brain


Professor Dick Swaab is an internationally renowned researcher in neuroscience, who received numerous awards and published over 470 scientific papers. He earned his medical (1968) and doctoral degrees (1970) at the University of Amsterdam and served as director of the Netherlands Institute for Brain Research for 27 years. In 1985, Professor Swaab founded the Netherlands Brain Bank, which supplies the international research community with clinical and neuropathological brain tissue. Currently, he is also a leader of the Neuropsychiatric Disorders research team at the Netherlands Institute of Neuroscience and his main research interests include sexual differentiation of the brain, neurodegenerative disorders and depression.

Our gender-identity, our sexual orientation and our preference for ‘boy or girl toys’ are centered in our brains. Dick Swaab will explain to us why people are gay by showing us which hormones influence the brain before we are born.