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J.M. (Janne) Papma PhD

Assistant Professor

  • Department
  • Neurology



Dementia is a devastating neurodegenerative disease that has great impact into the daily lives of people with dementia and their caregivers.

My research focuses on improving dementia diagnostics and postdiagnostic care by attending to specific needs and characteristics of individuals. I improve person centered care, by accounting for to the fact that every person is different. I focus for example on improving the care for young onset dementia patients, culture sensitive care, and early recognition and person centered interventions for neuropsychiatric symptoms in Alzheimer's disease.

Field(s) of expertise

  • dementia
  • neurodegeneration
  • neurology
  • neuropsychology
  • neuroscience
  • person centered care
  • culture sensitive care
  • young onset dementia diagnosis
  • postdiagnostic support.

Education and career

  • 2017-present Assistant professor and PI of scientific projects:
    • Intercultural dementia diagnostics and care (ZonMw Memorabel)
    • The diagnostic challenge of neuropsychiatric symptoms in Alzheimer's disease (ZonMw Memorabel)
    • Thuis in Probleemgedrag: een knelpuntentanalyse naar zorg voor onbegrepen gedrag in de thuissituatie (ZonMw & V&VN)
  • PRECODE Prevalence of young onset dementia (Gieskes Strijbesfonds, Alzheimer Nederland)
  • 2012-2017 Postdoc (0.2 FTE)
  • 2011-2017 Coordinator of Alzheimercenter Erasmus MC (0.8 FTE)
  • 2009-2012 PhD project 'Functional neuroimaging in dementia'


H-Index February 2021: 16 

Teaching activities

Supervision of Master students, PhD students.

Other positions

  • Board member Alzheimer Center Erasmus MC
  • Scientific Board Kenniscentrum dementie op jonge leeftijd
  • Alzheimer's Association ISTAART Professional Interest Area Neuropsychiatric Symptoms - Programs Chair
  • Nederlands Geheugenpoli Netwerk - commissie onderzoek, congrescommissie
  • Member of Network Culturele dementiezorg Rotterdamrele dementiezorg Rotterdam

Scholarships, grants, and awards

  • Young Outstanding Researcher award (Alzheimer Nederland)
  • Global Young Leader in dementia (World Dementia council)

My Groups