Short CV/Education and training

Professional experience:

  • 1995 – 1999
    PhD student, Institute of Research in Extramural Medicine, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • 1999 – 2001
    Post-doctoral researcher, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Erasmus Medical Center Rotterdam, The Netherlands

  • 2002 – 2006
    Assistant Professor, University Medical Center Utrecht, Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care, The Netherlands

  • 2006
    Visiting Assistant Professor, The Gertrude H. Sergievsky Center, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY, USA

  • Since 2006
    Associate Professor, University Medical Center Utrecht, Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care, The Netherlands

  • 2011 – 2012
    Research Scholar, National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, Lab of Epidemiology, Demography, and Biometry, Neuroepidemiology Unit, Bethesda, Md, USA

Selected publications

  • Kloppenborg RP, Nederkoorn PJ, Grool AM, Vincken KL, Mali WP, Vermeulen M, van der Graaf Y, Geerlings MI. Cerebral small-vessel disease and progression of brain atrophy. The SMART-MR study. Neurology 2012, in press.

  • Grool AM, Gerritsen L, Zuithoff NPA, Mali WP, van der Graaf Y, Geerlings MI. Lacunar infarcts in deep white-matter are associated with higher and more fluctuating depressive symptoms during three years follow-up. Biol Psychiatry 2012, in press.

  • Geerlings MI, Sigurdsson S, Eiriksdottir G, Garcia ME, Harris TB, Sigurdsson T, Gudnason V, Launer LJ. Associations of current and remitted major depressive disorder with brain atrohpy: the AGES-Reykjavik Study. Psychol Med 2012, May 30 [Epub ahead of print].

  • Geerlings MI, Brickman AM, Schupf N, Devanand DP, Luchsinger JA, Mayeux R, Small SA Depressive symptoms, antidepressant use, and brain volumes on MRI in a population-based cohort of old persons without dementia. J Alz Disease 2012;30:75-82.

  • Wisse LE, Gerritsen L, Zwanenburg JJ, Kuijf HJ, Luijten PR, Biessels, Geerlings MI. Subfields of the hippocampal formation at 7T MRI: In vivo volumetric assessment. Neuroimage 2012;61:1043-1049.

  • Conijn MM, Hoogduin JM, van der Graaf Y, Hendrikse J, Luijten PR, Geerlings MI. Microbleeds, lacunar infarcts, white matter lesions and cerebrovascular reactivity – A 7T study. Neuroimage 2012;59:950-956.

  • Muller M, van der Graaf Y, Visseren FL, Mali WPTM, Geerlings MI. Hypertension and longitudinal changes in cerebral blood flow: the SMART-MR study. Ann Neurol 2012;71:825-833.

  • Gerritsen L, Comijs HC, van der Graaf Y, Knoops AJG, Penninx BWJH, Geerlings MI. Depression, hypothalamic pituitary adrenal axis, and hippocampal and entorhinal cortex volumes. The SMART-Medea study. Biol Psychiatry 2011;70:373-380.

  • Muller M, van der Graaf Y, Algra A, Hendrikse J, Mali WPTM, Geerlings MI. Carotid atherosclerosis and progression of brain atrophy. The SMART-MR study. Ann Neurol 2011;70:237-244.

  • Knoops AJG, Gerritsen L, van der Graaf Y, Mali WPTM, Geerlings MI. Basal hypothalamic pituitary adrenal axis activity and hippocampal volumes. The SMART-Medea study. Biol Psychiatry 2010;67:1191-1198.



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Hersenstichting Nederland. Hippocampal subfields at 7 Tesla MRI in major depressive disorder: a new imaging biomarker? (EURO 31.540), 2012

  • University Medical Center Utrecht, Program Internationalisation Research. Depression, stress and brain volumes. The AGES-Reykjavik study. (EURO 76.650), 2010

  • Netherlands Heart Foundation: Cerebral small-vessel disease and depression in patients with manifest arterial disease: cause or consequence? (EURO 231.392), 2007

  • Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO): ASPASIA premium. Additional funding for the VIDI grant (The etiology of Alzheimer disease: an innovative hypothesis of depression, vulnerability and biological interaction). (EURO 100.000), 2006

  • University Medical Center Utrecht, Program Internationalisation Research. The role of depression and prolonged stress in the etiology of hippocampal atrophy. (EURO 14.285), 2006

  • Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO): Innovational Research Incentives Grant (VIDI). The etiology of Alzheimer disease: an innovative hypothesis of depression, vulnerability and biological interaction. (EURO 600.000), 2005

  • Internationale Stichting Alzheimer Onderzoek (ISAO). Depression and Alzheimer disease: Is stress the missing link? (EURO 79.748), 2005

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Chair of the program committee of the Innovational Research Incentives Scheme Veni of The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (ZonMw – NWO), since 2014

  • 2013 – Vice Chair and 2011 – Member of the Veni committee

  • Methodological member of the Institutional Review Board (Independent Ethics Committee) of the University Medical Center Utrecht, since Aug 2007, substitute member since April 2011

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