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Duijn, Cock van

Cock van Duijn, PhD
Professor of Genetic Epidemiology 

Phone +31 (0)10 70 43394 or +31 (0)10 70 43391

Biographical Sketch
Cornelia van Duijn received a MSc degree from the Agricultural University Wageningen (1987) and a PhD degree from the Erasmus University (1992). Since 1992, she is head of the genetic-epidemiology section of the Department of Epidemiology . In 1997, Dr van Duijn received a Pioneer grant award of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific research (NWO) for her work on the genetic-epidemiology of Alzheimer's disease. She is the program director of the NIHES international teaching programme in Genetic-Epidemiology (MSc, DSc, PhD). This is a collaborative programme with the Harvard University (Prof.dr D. Pauls) and Cambridge University (Prof.dr D Clayton). Prof. Van Duijn is part of the Center for Medical Systems Biology (CMSB) of the Genetics Focus Group in the Netherlands.

Research Interests
The focus of research of Dr van Duijn is on Alzheimer's disease and related disorders including Parkinson's disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, frontal lobe dementia and Down syndrome. Further, she studies the genetic-epidemiology of, osteoarthritis, diabetes, hypertension, and strokes. These studies involve genomic searches in family-based studies and in genetically isolated populations as well as candidate gene studies in the Rotterdam Study. With regard to population-based research, Dr van Duijn's prime interest is in gene-gene and gene-environment interaction. The development of approaches to study gene-interactions is one of the focuses in her methodologic work.