Senior neuroscientist, Head of Section Clinical Neuroanatomy
Director, Normal Aging Brain Collection (NABCA)
Executive board, Advanced Optical Microscopy core O2 (AO2M)
Amsterdam Neuroscience, VU University Medical Center
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Wilma van de Berg is a senior neuroscientist and head of the section Clinical Neuroanatomy in the Department of Anatomy and Neurosciences, VU University Medical Center (www.amsterdamresearch.org). She was born in Maastricht and obtained a Laurea in Biomedical Sciences of the University of Maastricht, the Netherlands, in 1998. She pursued research at the depts of Cellular Neurosciences and Pediatrics of the University of Maastricht and obtained her Ph.D in 2003. In 2001, she received a Marie-Curie fellowship and was trained in stereology and morphometry at University of Aachen, Germany and McGill University in Montreal. Afterwards, she focused on clinical neuroanatomy and neuropathology of neurodegenerative disorders at dept of Anatomy of the VUmc. Her research group focuses on understanding the multifaceted molecular mechanisms underlying alpha-synuclein aggregation in post-mortem human brain tissue in Parkinson’s Disease (PD) and related neurodegenerative disorders. Together with research partners, she aims to translate this knowledge into CSF, blood and MRI candidate biomarkers enabling an early diagnosis of PD and predicting disease progression in PD. In 2013, she founded the Normal Aging Brain Collection Amsterdam (www.nabca.eu) in which advanced post-mortem imaging and neuropathological techniques are combined to define neuropathology-specific MRI biomarkers for neurodegenerative disorders. Further, she is a member of the executive board of the Advance Optical Microscopy core (AO2|M; www.ao2m.amsterdam) and scientific board of VUmc in Amsterdam. She received the Organon Young Research Award in 1998, Carl Zeiss Award in 2005 and fellowships of the Prinses Beatrix Fonds, International Alzheimer Association (ISAO) in 2008 and 2014. She published more than 40 original and review articles in peer-reviewed international journals.