Professor Charlotte Teunissen
Professor in Neurochemistry
Place of work / study:
Area of Research:
Biomarkers in body fluids, such as cerebrospinal fluid and blood, to understand the disease and improve care for neurological diseases, especially dementias and Multiple Sclerosis.
How is your work funded?
By several grants, and by collaboration grants with private partners:
Research of CET is supported by the European Commission (Marie Curie International Training Network, grant agreement No 860197 (MIRIADE), Innovative Medicines Initiatives 3TR (Horizon 2020, grant no 831434) and JPND (bPRIDE), National MS Society (Progressive MS alliance) and Health Holland, the Dutch Research Council (ZonMW), Alzheimer Drug Discovery Foundation, The Selfridges Group Foundation, Alzheimer Netherlands, Alzheimer Association. CT is recipient of ABOARD, which is a public-private partnership receiving funding from ZonMW (#73305095007) and Health~Holland, Topsector Life Sciences & Health (PPP-allowance; #LSHM20106). ABOARD also receives funding from Edwin Bouw Fonds and Gieskes-Strijbisfonds.
CET has a collaboration contract with ADx Neurosciences, Quanterix and Eli Lilly, performed contract research or received grants from AC-Immune, Axon Neurosciences, Bioconnect, Bioorchestra, Brainstorm Therapeutics, Celgene, EIP Pharma, Eisai, NoseLab, Novo Nordisk, PeopleBio, Roche, Toyama, Vivoryon.
Tell us a little about yourself:
I sit on the ISTAART Biofluid Based Biomarkers.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
I started a corona-hobby: learn how to play the Oboe. My teachers acted as if I was the most talented student they have. But now that live is returned to normal, I am not so good a student anymore.
Why did you choose to work in dementia?
I am super-intrigued about the brain and all its secrets. I always wanted to do applied research that can lead to some practical solutions to improve the wellbeing of people.
What single piece of advice would you give to an early career researcher?
Find a place to work that inspires you and stimulates you. And grab the opportunities as they pass by. You do not always know on forehand which opportunity will help you, so you have to grab a bit more. At the end, all investments will have a yield (at least as a learning!) and nothing is in vain.
What book are you reading right now? Would you recommend it?
A Dutch one : columns also from Sylvia Witteman. They make me smile and fall asleep.