Professor Dr. Breteler’s research focuses on the causes and presymptomatic detection of neurodegenerative and cerebrovascular diseases, including dementia (in particular Alzheimer’s disease), Parkinson’s disease, cerebral small vessel disease and ischemic stroke. She is Director of Population Health Sciences, German Center for Neurodegenerative diseases (DZNE) and Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology at Havard School of Public Health, Boston. In the early 1990s she was one of the first epidemiologists to challenge the strict clinical distinction between Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia, and to incorporate brain imaging in population based studies. Since then an important research focus of hers has been on the quantification and elucidation of the role of vascular factors in the etiology of dementia.
DZNE & Havard School of Public Health, Boston
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