dr. ir. D.E. (Albert) Manuela

dr. ir. D.E. (Albert) Manuela

Assistant Professor - medical
dr. ir. D.E. (Albert) Manuela
  • Psychiatry

Research Programs




Albert Batalla was born in Barcelona (Spain), where he completed the Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery in 2001, being granted with the Extraordinary Award of Bachelor (Autonomous University of Barcelona). He completed the training as psychiatrist (2012) and his PhD on the relationship between cannabis and psychosis (2014) at the Hospital Clinic de Barcelona (University of Barcelona). As pre-doctoral researcher at the Fundació Clínic per a la Recerca Biomèdica (FCRB) he studied the impact of addiction (focusing on cannabis) on the outcome of psychotic disorders, cognitive control and brain volume, revealing gene-environment interactions that play a role in the sensitivity to the effects of cannabis on the brain.
In 2014 he moved to the Netherlands, where he started working as a psychiatrist in Tactus Addiction Treatment and temporarily as postdoc at FCRB. Since 2018 he works at the Diagnosis and Early Psychosis Unit at the UMC Utrecht, where he leads the Care Program Substance Use. His primary goal is prevention and integration of addiction treatment, while enhancing patient participation, education (e.g. Outpatient Clinic Medical Cannabis in Psychiatry) and translational and innovative research, like the study of cannabinoids, psychedelics, eHealth and lifestyle interventions.

Albert is since 2020 chairman of the Addiction Section of the Dutch Psychiatric Association (NVvP), and since 2022 board member of the Addiction Section of the European Psychiatric Association (EPA). He is also senior lecturer at two nationwide postgraduate degrees in addiction at the Radboudumc (the Dutch Training in Addiction Medicine, NOVA; and the Addiction Psychiatry Course for specialists in psychiatry, Leertraject Verslavingspsychiatrie), and is involved in several teaching activities, including several curricula at the UMCU (Medicine, Biomedical Sciences, Master neuroscience and cognition, Pharmacy, Psychiatry training), masterclasses and courses in the Netherlands (e.g. Psyfar, RINO Groep) and abroad (e.g. Ekademeia). He is involved in international projects (e.g. ENIGMA consortium), has published several articles, book chapters, and is a reviewer of international journals.

Research Output (62)

Reproducibility in the absence of selective reporting:An illustration from large-scale brain asymmetry research

Kong Xiang Zhen, Francks Clyde, Kong Xiang Zhen, Mathias Samuel R., Guadalupe Tulio, Abé Christoph, Agartz Ingrid, Akudjedu Theophilus N., Aleman Andre, Alhusaini Saud, Allen Nicholas B., Ames David, Andreassen Ole A., Vasquez Alejandro Arias, Armstrong Nicola J., Asherson Phil, Bergo Felipe, Bastin Mark E., Batalla Albert, Bauer Jochen, Baune Bernhard T., Baur-Streubel Ramona, Biederman Joseph, Blaine Sara K., Boedhoe Premika, Bøen Erlend, Bose Anushree, Bralten Janita, Brandeis Daniel, Brem Silvia, Brodaty Henry, Yüksel Dilara, Brooks Samantha J., Buitelaar Jan, Bürger Christian, Bülow Robin, Calhoun Vince, Calvo Anna, Canales-Rodríguez Erick Jorge, Cannon Dara M., Caparelli Elisabeth C., Castellanos Francisco X., Cendes Fernando, Chaim-Avancini Tiffany Moukbel, Chantiluke Kaylita, Córdova-Palomera Aldo, Cousijn Janna, de Zeeuw Patrick, Durston Sarah, Oranje Bob, Jan 2022, In: Human Brain Mapping. 43 , p. 244-254 11 p.

Sex and dependence related neuroanatomical differences in regular cannabis users:findings from the ENIGMA Addiction Working Group

Rossetti Maria Gloria, Mackey Scott, Patalay Praveetha, Allen Nicholas B., Batalla Albert, Bellani Marcella, Chye Yann, Conrod Patricia, Cousijn Janna, Garavan Hugh, Goudriaan Anna E., Hester Robert, Martin-Santos Rocio, Solowij Nadia, Suo Chao, Thompson Paul M., Yücel Murat, Brambilla Paolo, Lorenzetti Valentina Jun 2021, In: Translational Psychiatry. 11

Cortical gray matter reduction precedes transition to psychosis in individuals at clinical high-risk for psychosis:A voxel-based meta-analysis

Fortea Adriana, Batalla Albert, Radua Joaquim, van Eijndhoven Philip, Baeza Inmaculada, Albajes-Eizagirre Anton, Fusar-Poli Paolo, Castro-Fornieles Josefina, De la Serna Elena, Luna Licia P., Carvalho André F., Vieta Eduard, Sugranyes Gisela Jun 2021, In: Schizophrenia Research. 232 , p. 98-106 9 p.

Sex differences in the neuroanatomy of alcohol dependence:hippocampus and amygdala subregions in a sample of 966 people from the ENIGMA Addiction Working Group

Grace Sally, Rossetti Maria Gloria, Allen Nicholas, Batalla Albert, Bellani Marcella, Brambilla Paolo, Chye Yann, Cousijn Janna, Goudriaan Anna E., Hester Robert, Hutchison Kent, Labuschagne Izelle, Momenan Reza, Martin-Santos Rocio, Rendell Peter, Solowij Nadia, Sinha Rajita, Li Chiang shan Ray, Schmaal Lianne, Sjoerds Zsuzsika, Suo Chao, Terrett Gill, van Holst Ruth J., Veltman Dick J., Yücel Murat, Thompson Paul, Conrod Patricia, Mackey Scott, Garavan Hugh, Lorenzetti Valentina 4 Mar 2021, In: Translational Psychiatry. 11 15 p.

Effects of substance misuse on reward-processing in patients with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder

Paraskevopoulou Maria, van Rooij Daan, Batalla Albert, Chauvin Roselyne, Luijten Maartje, Schene Aart H., Buitelaar Jan K., Schellekens Arnt F.A. Feb 2021, In: Neuropsychopharmacology. 46 , p. 622-631 10 p.

The Impact of Cannabidiol on Human Brain Function:A Systematic Review

Batalla Albert, Bos Julian, Postma Amber, Bossong Matthijs G. 21 Jan 2021, In: Frontiers in Pharmacology. 11 15 p.

De medicamenteuze behandeling bij stoornis in het gebruik van cocaïne en amfetamine

Neven Arjen, Zonnenberg Cherryl, Steenkist Cassandra, Batalla Albert 2021, In: Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie. 63 , p. 479 1 p.

Gender-related neuroanatomical differences in alcohol dependence:findings from the ENIGMA Addiction Working Group

Rossetti Maria Gloria, Patalay Praveetha, Mackey Scott, Allen Nicholas B., Batalla Albert, Bellani Marcella, Chye Yann, Cousijn Janna, Goudriaan Anna E., Hester Robert, Hutchison Kent, Li Chiang Shan R., Martin-Santos Rocio, Momenan Reza, Sinha Rajita, Schmaal Lianne, Sjoerds Zsuzsika, Solowij Nadia, Suo Chao, van Holst Ruth J., Veltman Dick J., Yücel Murat, Thompson Paul M., Conrod Patricia, Garavan Hugh, Brambilla Paolo, Lorenzetti Valentina 2021, In: NeuroImage: Clinical. 30

Morbidity and mortality in schizophrenia with comorbid substance use disorders

Lähteenvuo Markku, Batalla Albert, Luykx Jurjen J., Mittendorfer-Rutz Ellenor, Tanskanen Antti, Tiihonen Jari, Taipale Heidi 2021, In: Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica. 144 , p. 42-49 8 p.

Reactie op ‘Methylfenidaat en het risico op een psychose’

Lancee M, Maat A, van Veelen N, Roder C H, Schellekens A F A, Batalla A 2021, In: Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie. 63 , p. 91-92 2 p.

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