Olivier Berend

Utrecht University

Berend Olivier studied biology and got his PhD degree in Neurobiology at Groningen University. He worked for 22 years at Solvay Pharmaceuticals leading active research and development of psychoactive drugs, including antidepressants, antipsychotics and anxiolytics and a new group of drugs, serenics, aiming for reduction of pathological aggression. He was involved in research and development around fluvoxamine, a marketed SSRI antidepressant, anxiolytic and anti-OCD medicine. In 1999, he worked for 2 years in New York to set up a biotech start-up, PsychoGenics Inc., developing animal psychiatric and neurological (genetic) models in order to screen and find new psychoactive molecules. From 1992–2014, he was a professor of CNS Pharmacology at Utrecht University, performing research on animal models, brain mechanisms and pharmacology of psychiatric disorders.

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Sexual dysfunctions have a high prevalence in males and females, and an increase in research into its backgrounds, causes and treatment is clearly visible. Characterization of sexual dysfunctions is complex and often needs extensive clinical, psychological and psychiatric expertise to arrive at reliable diagnoses. The present volume illustrates various aspects involved in sexual (dys)functioning but also the complexity of the field. Premature ejaculation, erectile dysfunction, female interest/arousal disorder, hypogonadism, sexual side effects of antidepressants and circumcision are subject of the various contributions. The topics treated nicely illustrate the problems associated with sexual function and dysfunction, including lifestyle, biological, mental, sociocultural and religious aspects. The topics in this volume clearly demonstrate the importance of research on sexual functions and dysfunctions.

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