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Hester Velthuis

Dr Hester Velthuis

PhD student


I started working at the FANS department at the IoPPN, King’s College London as a Clinical Research Worker in November 2016. Currently I am working on my PhD project investigating the role of cerebral GABAergic circuitry in the Excitation-Inhibition balance in adults with autism spectrum condition.  

Previously, I have obtained an Msc in Medicine from the Free University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands and a Research Msc Life Sciences from the Paris Descartes University, Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in France.  

Here at King’s College I am teaching Bsc and Msc students and assist students by providing tutorials on research-related topics.  

I am part-time working as a clinician at the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust in the Behavioral and Developmental Outpations Clinic where I see mostly patients for autism or adhd assessment and treatment.  

Research Interests

  • Neurodevelopment 
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder 
  • Neuroimaging 
  • Excitation-Inhibition balance 
  • Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) 

Expertise and Public Engagement

I am initiator and project lead of the Neurodiversity at Work Symposium, a collaborative project that is aided by the Real Time Club, Neurodiversity Works and ASPIeRATIONS. 

We are a neurodiverse team who aim to educate employers about neurodiversity in the workplace and how to improve employee conditions for a neurodiverse workforce.  

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I am additionally teaching for the Brilliant Club incl. the Scholars Programme and the K+ Spotlight Summer School: