Diabetes is a major chronic disease these days. However, the impact of diabetes on future health and life expectancy is largely underestimated. Especially the effects of diabetes and its associated vascular dysfunction on brain disease like dementia and depression are not elucidate yet. Within The Maastricht Study, a longitudinal population-based cohort study, my research focuses on the role of early vascular dysfunction in relation to brain diseases in type 2 diabetes.
1999-2004 PhD in Health Sciences, Department of Internal Medicine, VU University Medical Center. Promotor: Prof. Dr. C.D. A. Stehouwer, Co-promotor: Prof. Dr. N. Chaturvedi, University College, London, UK. PhD thesis entitled: “Pathophysiology of diabetic complications, arterial stiffness, endothelial function and inflammation.” 1999-2002 Postdoctoral training in Epidemiology, EMGO-institute, VU University, Amsterdam. Electives: Clinical Epidemiology, cardiovascular epidemiology and public health. Registered as Epidemiologist B at the SMBWO in the Netherlands in 2004. 1995 – 1999 MSc Biomedical Science, Faculty of Medicine, State University of Leiden, Leiden, the Netherlands During the Master an additional traineeship at the department of Biochemistry, Oxford University, UK was performed.
Diabetes epidemiology, observational cohort studies, neuroepidemiology