Cornelia Van Duijn
Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Cornelia Van Duijn is a Professor of genetic epidemiology at the Department of Epidemiology of the Erasmus University Medical Center. Cornelia Van Duijn is involved as a principle investigator in three large-scale population- and family-based studies: the Erasmus Rucphen Family (ERF) study, the Rotterdam study and Generation R.
Her work focuses on omics research in neurodegenerative disorders. She has identified genes involved in various neurodegenerative disorders including Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson’s disease, Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease and open angle glaucoma. She is a leader in several international genome wide association consortia including CHARGE (Cohorts for Heart & Aging Research in Genome Epidemiology), ENGAGE (European Network for Genetic and Genomic Epidemiology), EAGLE (Early Genetics and Life course Epidemiology) and PERADES (Defining Genetic, Polygenic and Environmental Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease, using multiple powerful cohorts, focussed Epigenetics and Stem cell metabolomics).
Over the years, she served on various scientific committees, including the International Society for Genetic Epidemiology (IGES), the American and European Society for Human Genetics (ASHG, ESHG). She founded the MSc and Ph.D. program in genetic epidemiology of the Erasmus University Medical Center of which she is the Scientific Director.