Mirjam Geerlings received her MSc degree in Neuropsychology (1994) and her PhD degree in Epidemiology (2000) from the VU medical center Amsterdam, the Netherlands, both of which were awarded for the best thesis. From 2000 until 2002 she worked as a post-doc at the Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam (Dept Epidemiology & Biostatistics) where she studied steroid hormones as risk factors for dementia using data from the Rotterdam Study. Since 2002, she works at the University Medical Center Utrecht (Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care). In 2006, she obtained an Innovational Research Incentives (VIDI) grant and ASPASIA grant to study depression and stress hormones as risk factors for hippocampal atrophy and Alzheimer disease and was appointed Associate Professor Neuro-epidemiology. In 2006 (Apr-Sep), she worked at the Sergievsky Center of Columbia University, New York (S Small and R Mayeux). From Oct 2011 to Oct 2012 she worked at the National Institute on Aging, Lab of Epidemiology, Demography, and Biometry (chief Dr LJ Launer), Bethesda, Md, USA. In 2012, she was nominated for AcademiaNet, a database of excellent female reserachers. Since 2014, she is leader of the theme ‘Brain’, one of the 3 strategic themes of the Cardiovascular Epidemiology programme of the Julius Center.