Merve Karacaoglu, MSc
Merve's research within the Vici project focuses on identifying patients at risk of developing unidentified somatic symptoms, such as pain, itch or fatigue. She is interested in unravelling the risk factors associated with early stage symptoms, and she tries to understand how and why certain patient groups acquire chronic somatic symptoms over time. These symptoms can have lifelong debilitating effects for the patients, thereby highly impacting their daily functioning and quality of life.
Having more scientific insight on the underlying mechanisms has direct societal implications such as early detection of somatic symptoms in primary care as well as reduced costs of healthcare utilization, not to mention a better quality of life of patients receiving early interventions. Her research aims to address this problem by making use of psychological, neurobiological and genetic methods.Back to the people page
News and events
Distinguished guests for the BENEFIT for all-project. Thursday 29th November, the BENEFIT for all-project was visited by distinguished guests.
Leiden university becomes first Dutch 'healthy university'. Leiden University is the first Dutch university to join the Healthy Universities international network. Lifestyle workshops, rewards for good behaviour and the latest interventions encourage students and staff to live more healthily.
Taking the power of expectations to the patient How easily can you be influenced in your expectations? To what degree do your expectations influence you, for example, your symptoms when being ill or the effects of treatment? And how can such expectations be applied to optimize patient care?
Andrea Evers about healthy lifestyle behaviour at BNR Beter On 8th October Andrea Evers, from the Health, Medical and Neuropsychology unit of Leiden University, appeared as a guest in BNR Beter to talk about a healthy lifestyle behaviour