10 May 2022

Willemijn Jansen wins Young Outstanding Researcher Award

Willemijn Jansen, associate professor of neuropsychology and since 2012 researcher at the Alzheimer Centre Limburg, has won the Young Outstanding Researcher Award. The neuropsychologist who has been working at the Alzheimer Centre Limburg since 2012 wins €100,000 for dementia research with this talent prize.

Dr. Jansen was nominated, among others, by Prof. Dr. Frans Verhey, founder of the Alzheimer Centre Limburg. He wrote the following:

"Willemijn managed to collect data from more than 90 cohorts worldwide by personally contacting study PIs and persuading them to collaborate by sharing their data, which is an unprecedented achievement in the Alzheimer research field. She established the unique ‘Amyloid Biomarker Study’ consortium with internationally renowned researchers from all over the world. Furthermore, she managed to obtain funding from multiple sources among which a pharmaceutical company for conducting research within this consortium for herself as well as two PhD students who are supervised by her.

With her Veni research, Willemijn is determined to advance the identification of new preventative treatment as well as to further elucidate the heterogeneity of Alzheimer’s disease by investigating the molecular mechanisms behind resilience to Alzheimer’s disease pathology. This research will be of great importance for the scientific community and tomorrow’s patients. Also, within our Alzheimer Center as well as the Alzheimer Nederland research agenda, this research forms an essential connecting factor between our diagnostics and prevention pillars."