About our research group/lab
Research lines within our center focus on several types of dementia as well as the healthy population.
With our research we aim to:
- better understand the causes and course of dementia syndromes
- contribute to the development of effective treatment
- further improve dementia care
In order to achieve these aims, we study underlying disease mechanisms and rare genetic factors, as well as risk factors in the general population. We also conduct research to develop state-of-the-art diagnostic tools enabling detection of the disease at an early stage and culture-sensitive dementia diagnostics for people with diverse cultural backgrounds. Lastly, we investigate ways to improve care for people with dementia and their caregivers. As we are an official frontotemporal dementia (FTD) center of expertise, several research lines specifically focus on this type of dementia.
AmyVasc; Amyloid pathology and vascular disease in focus
Frontotemporal Dementia Risk Cohort (FTD-RisC)
Genetics of Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration & Alzheimer’s Disease
Heart Brain Connection (HBC)
Imaging biomarkers for early diagnosis (BEYOND)
Improved Prognosis of Vascular cognitive impairment
Intercultural dementia diagnostics and care (TULIPA)
Quantitatively assessing brain MRI to diagnose dementia (Theia)
Somatic Mutations in Semantic Dementia
The Alzheimer Center Erasmus MC neuroimaging database
Radiology & Nuclear medicine
Outside Erasmus MC
We are involved in several international initiatives through European research grants, research consortia, and international clinical trials. We also have an important collaborations with other dementia research groups and care facilities in the Netherlands, as well as with patient organizations such as Alzheimer Nederland and FTD lotgenoten.