Dr. Esther Aarts

  • Organisation | Radboud University
  • Function | Associate Principal investigator


Dr. Esther Aarts is a Principal Investigator at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour (Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands), leading her Food & Cognition group at the Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging. The research of her group focuses on neural mechanisms of eating behaviour and how these food choices impact brain functioning, using cognitive neuroimaging. The research is done with personal grants (e.g., AXA, NWO-Veni, ERC-starting) and in public-private collaborations. She is, for instance, the main applicant and project leader of the NWO-crossover project MOCIA, a personalised prevention approach for maintaining optimal cognitive function in ageing.

Food & Cognition research programme

Esther Aarts is also coordinator of the Food & Cognition research programme, a public-private innovation hub for a better understanding of Eating Behaviour and Targeted Nutrition for (prevention of) brain disorders, which is a collaboration of Radboud campus with the WUR and UT.