Cornelia Van Duijn
Cornelia van Duijn is a full professor of Genetic Epidemiology at the Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford and a Fellow of St Cross College, University of Oxford. Her research portfolio includes proteomic and metabolomic studies as key intermediate players linking the human genome, medication and lifestyle to Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders.
She is a leader in several international genome wide association consortia such as CHARGE (Cohorts for Heart & Aging Research in Genome Epidemiology), ENGAGE (European Network for Genetic and Genomic Epidemiology), EAGLE (Early Genetics and Life Course Epidemiology), IGAP (International Genomics of Alzheimer’s Project) and IGGC (International Glaucoma Genetics Consortium).
Over the years, she has also served on various European/global scientific committees; these include the ERC (European Research Council) Advanced Expert Committee, the European Society for Human Genetics (ESHG), the European Molecular Epidemiology Group, and the International Society for Genetic Epidemiology (IGES). For her work on Alzheimer’s disease, she received a Pioneer Award from NWO/ZonMw in 1998. Over the years, she has published over 1000 scientific papers and supervised 45 PhD students. Her group aims to bridge the gap between genetic-epidemiologic and cellular model research.
At present, she is the leader of two major consortia: the Horizon2020 CoSTREAM consortium aiming to understand the link between stroke and Alzheimer disease and the Dutch ZONMW MEMORABEL Gut-Brain consortium aiming to unravel the role of the gut microbiome in Alzheimer disease and brain pathology.