Friday April 6

The International Conference on Veterans Health Care did offer a three-day program.

Day 3 - Friday April 6: Innovations

On the third day of the conference it is all about innovations. What is new in veterans mental health and PTSD? Where can we see breakthroughs? Is it in technology or in the introduction of service dogs, what are novel  approaches in psychotherapy or for instance in big data? A ‘carrousel of pitches’ will provide an easy access to capturing the latest novel research themes, interesting new tools and instruments as well as new topics that are currently being investigated.


Chairman of the day: Prof. Col Eric Vermetten, MD, PhD
09.00  Reception
09.30  Prof. Col Eric Vermetten, MD, PhD - Welcome

 Carousel of short presentations of innovations in veteran health care


• Leveraging technology: novel wearable devices - Victor Kallen, PhD

• Health assessment after deployment - Jolanda Snijders, MSc

• Road to mental readiness; a digital road to resilience - Olaf Binsch, Phd

• RE-liON Black Suits: the number one stimulation system, for interactive training - Maj. Adjan van Andel

• Improved prediction of treatment outcome using multi-domain measurements - Manon Boeschoten

• Supporting Veterans with Opioid Use Disorders - Kristine DiNardo, M.Ed, LMHC (GBR)

• Objects with intent: wearable technology for increased body awareness - Marco Rozendaal, PhD

• Veterans portal: pilot for digital office towards care - Eric Versleijen

• Psycholytic psychotherapy for veterans with severe PTSD - Tijmen Bostoen, MD

• Project ERIC: Exposure based Rehabilitation in Immersive Contexts - Capt. Ewout van Dort

• Brief Overview of clinical services for veterans in Canada - Don Richardson (CAN)

• Real-time fMRI neurofeedback training among soldiers with anger and aggression complaints - Tim Varkevisser

• Battlefield casualties: surgical lessons learned from wounded warriors - Rigo Hoencamp, MD, PhD

• INVICTUS: games for wounded warriors - Lkol Jeroen Hulst

• Assistance dogs: a new intervention tool for veterans- Emmy van Houtert, MSc

10.45  Break

 Carousel of short presentations of innovations in veteran health care









• How are you: the use of texts as diagnostic tool for PTSD - Prof. Bernard Veldkamp, PhD

• Augmenting military performance through resilience enhancement - Olaf Binsch, PhD

• Rage and Revenge urges in veterans: treatment from a trauma perspective - Herman Verbeek, MSc

• High intensive trauma treatment for veterans with PTSD - Mayaris Zepeda Méndez, MSc

• An ecological view of veterans health - Joris Haagen, PhD

• Families in the frontline - Elisa van Ee, PhD

• Non-invasive brain stimulation in veterans with PTSD, anxiety and aggression disorders - Fenne Smits, MSc

• The Veterans & Families Research Hub - Alex Cooper (GBR)

• A ten year longitudinal follow study in ISAF vetrans - Sanne van der Wal

• Walk and talk: an innovative framework for psychotherapy, for veterans with PTSD - Karlijn Schöls, MSc

• Functional rehabilitation in veterans with complex disorders - Vera de Boer, MD

• Goodbye and good luck? From soldier to civilian... - Jacco Duel, PhD

• Unit victor: a digital app for veterans - Erik ten Berge

• PRISMO genetics: genetic base of PTSD - Dick Schijven, MSc

• Moral injury: a new hype or treatable disorder? - Jackie June Ter Heide, PhD


 Col Berend Berendsen, MD & Prof. Col Eric Vermetten, MD, PhD - Closing remarks

12.30  Dance expression by Academy of Performing Arts
13.00  Lunch
14.00  End of the conference

The Dutch Veteran Office

The Veteran Office gives Dutch veterans and relatives access to existing care and service from the Ministry of Defence.

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