Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology
677 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02155
Director of Population Health Sciences, German Center for Neurodegenerative diseases (DZNE)
Professor of Population Health Sciences, University of Bonn
German Center for Neurodegenerative diseases (DZNE)
M.D. 1987 University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands
Ph.D. 1993 Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Dr Breteler’s research focuses on the etiology and preclinical detection of neurodegenerative, neuropsychiatric and cerebrovascular diseases. For more than 20 years she worked at the Department of Epidemiology at Erasmus University Rotterdam where she joined in 1989 to develop the neurologic component in the Rotterdam Study, a large prospective cohort study on chronic diseases in the elderly. Until 2011, she was the primary investigator for neurological diseases of the Rotterdam Study and initiated the Rotterdam Scan Study, both internationally leading population studies in the area of neurodegenerative diseases.
In 2011 she accepted the position of director of Population Health Sciences of the newly founded German Center for Neurologic diseases (DZNE), as well as a professorship in Population Health Sciences at the University Bonn, Germany. In Bonn she is establishing the Rhineland Study, a prospective cohort study of 30,000 individuals that aims to identify causes and preclinical multimodal biomarker profiles of neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric diseases and to investigate normal and pathological brain structure and function over the adult life course.