Mirjam Geerlings



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.

Research line and group

Research line
The aging brain
Number of PhD students
Number of postdocs

Personal fellowships and awards

  • VIDI (2005)
  • ASPASIA (2006)
  • University Medical Center Utrecht, Program Internationalisation Research (2006)
  • University Medical Center Utrecht, Program Internationalisation Research (2010)
  • Prize for the best PhD thesis of the research school CARE (2000)

Most recent key publications

  • Geerlings MI, Sigurdsson S, Eiriksdottir G, Garcia ME, Harris TB, Gudnason V, Launer LJ. Salivary cortisol, brain volumes, and cognition in community-dwelling elderly without dementia. Neurology. 2015 Aug 19 [Epub ahead of print].
  • Wisse LE, Biessels GJ, Stegenga BT, Kooistra M, van der Veen PH, Zwanenburg JJ, van der Graaf Y, Geerlings MI. Major depressive episodes over the course of 7 years and hippocampal subfield volumes at 7 tesla MRI: the PREDICT-MR study. J Affect Disord. 2015;175:1-7
  • Jochemsen HM, Muller M, Bots ML, Scheltens Ph, Vincken KL, Mali WPTM, van der Graaf Y, Geerlings MI. Arterial stiffness and progression of structural brain changes. The SMART-MR study. Neurology 2015;84:448-55.
  • Wisse LEM, Biessels GJ, Heringa SM, Kuijf HJ, Koek HL, Luijten PR, Geerlings MI. Hippocampal subfield volumes at 7T in early Alzheimer disease and normal aging. Neurobiol Aging 2014;35:2039-45.
  • Kooistra M, Zuithoff NP, Grool AM, Zinsmeester M, Biessels GJ, van der Graaf Y, Geerlings MI. Cognitive performance and the course of depressive symptoms over 7 years of follow-up: The SMART-MR Study. Psychol Med 2015;45:1741-50.