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Speaker - Lorraine Kalia
Lorraine
Kalia
University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

Dr Lorraine Kalia is an Associate Professor and Clinician-Scientist at the University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada, whose clinical practice and research programme focus on Parkinson’s disease. She holds the Wolfond-Krembil Chair in Parkinson’s Disease Research. Dr Kalia is Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Parkinson’s Disease, Vice-Chair of the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society’s Scientific Issues Committee and Basic Science Interest Group, and Treasurer of the Canadian Movement Disorders Society. Her research programme, which spans the lab to the clinic, aims to understand the key molecular mechanisms responsible for neurodegeneration in Parkinson’s disease and to identify therapeutic agents that can modulate these molecular targets.

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Wiesje van der Flier

Amsterdam University Medical Centers (UMC), Amsterdam, Netherlands


Professor Wiesje van der Flier is full professor and scientific director of the Alzheimer Center Amsterdam at Amsterdam UMC, the Netherlands, where she has worked since 2004.

 

She studied neuropsychology at the University of Utrecht, Utrecht, the Netherlands. In addition, Professor van der Flier is a clinical epidemiologist. She leads the Amsterdam Dementia Cohort, an ongoing memory clinic-based cohort including more than 6000 patients with deep phenotyping (MRI, EEG, CSF biomarkers, and PET) and linked biobank (blood, DNA, CSF). The Amsterdam Dementia Cohort is at the basis of many of the studies performed at the Alzheimer Center Amsterdam.

 

She has been (co)promotor of >20 theses and is currently supervising ~10 PhD projects. Professor van der Flier’s main research areas are the origin of Alzheimer’s disease, its diagnosis and prognosis, and intervention and prevention. She leads ABOARD (A Personalized Medicine Approach for Alzheimer’s Disease), a Dutch public–private partnership of more than 30 partners.

 

Together with colleague Philip Scheltens, she has written a book, Het Alzheimermysterie, which was published by the Arbeiderspers.


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