Professor Cornelia van Duijn

Professor Cornelia van Duijn

Professor of Epidemiology, Nuffield Department of Population Health


Cornelia M van Duijn is Professor of Epidemiology. She studied Human Nutrition and Mathematical Statistics at the Agricultural University of Wageningen and Genetics and Epidemiology at the Erasmus University Medical School.

Her research within the Oxford Big Data Institute focuses on large-scale –omics studies of neurodegenerative disorders including Alzheimer, Parkinson and Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease and ophthalmological disorders including glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration and myopia. She further studies systemic vascular, endocrine and gastrointestinal pathology that is relevant for brain and ocular function. Her current research portfolio includes cross-omics research integrating (epi)genetic, transcriptomic, proteomic, metabolomic and microbiome data of epidemiological cohorts with state of the art brain imaging and cellular model systems.

Over the  years,  Cornelia has been a leading figure in  several  international consortia  including  ENGAGE (European Network for Genetic and Genomic Epidemiology), CHARGE  (Cohorts  for  Heart  &  Aging  Research  in  Genome  Epidemiology),  IGAP  (International  Genetics  of  Alzheimer  Disease  Project  (IGAP),  ADSP  (Alzheimer  Disease  Sequencing  Project) and  IGGC  (International  Genetics  of  Glaucoma  Consortium).

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 MEMORABEL Gut-Brain consortium aiming to unravel the role of the gut microbiome in Alzheimer disease and brain pathology.

She further leads the human proteomics and metabolomics discovery research in the Innovative Medicine Initiative (IMI) ADAPTED program, which aims to identify new Alzheimer medicines through understanding the function of the APOE gene. Cornelia is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and the Netherlands Council for Medical Sciences (RMW).

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