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CoRPS celebrates its tenth anniversary

Published: 09th May 2019 Last updated: 09th May 2019

On May 10, research institute CoRPS celebrates its tenth anniversary with a symposium on Psychocardiology, chaired by Prof. Tom Smeets (Head of Department of Medical and Clinical Psychology).

The celebration for (former) researchers, employees and stakeholders takes place in the foyer of the Dante building, starting at 3.30 pm with an opening speech by Prof. Jantine Schuit (Dean TSB), followed by key notes by Prof. Christoph Hermann-Lingen (University of Göttingen) and Prof. Suzanne Pedersen (University of Southern Denmark, Odense). The symposium includes poster presentations, a dinner and ends with d.j. music, with in between short speeches by Prof. Jan Roukema, Dr. Floor Mols, Dr. Mirela Habibovic and Prof. Johan Denollet.

The establishment of CoRPS

A series of successes culminated in the establishment of the Center of Research on Psychology in Somatic deseases/disorders (CoRPS) as an interdisciplinary research institute. In 2005, Johan Denollet was awarded a VICI for research into the mechanisms relating Type D personality to poor prognosis in patients with heart failure. In 2006, the unique 2-year master of Medical Psychology was accredited by the NVAO. In 2007, the Medical Psychology research program led by Johan Denollet on the importance of psychological factors in patients with heart disease was honored the national ‘Science and Society Award’ by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) as a token of its high relevance to society. These successes prompted the start of a new interdisciplinary research center at Tilburg University in 2008, as the Executive Board allowed the local teaching hospitals as partners in the center.

Type D Personality

Type D personality and heart disease are thus at the core of the origin of the research institute. CoRPS addresses the growing need for research at the interface of mind and body. CoRPS is an initiative of the Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences (TSB) and the executive board of Tilburg University, in close collaboration with the Elisabeth-TweeSteden teaching hospital (Tilburg, then still 2 separate hospitals), the Netherlands Comprehensive Cancer Organization, and the regional primary care organization POZOB.

The CoRPS program was designed to investigate under which conditions psychological factors may interact with the clinical course of chronic diseases, to better understand these interactions, and to influence these interactions for the benefit of the patient.

Since 2013, Clinical Psychology also participates in CoRPS, which makes the institute even more comprehensive, extending the research area from somatic patients only, to mental health populations, as well as the general population. To acknowledge this growth, the name was recently changed in the institute Center of Research on Psychological and Somatic disorders (CoRPS).