Profile – Philip Scheltens, Amsterdam University Medical Centre

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Professor Philip Scheltens

Professor Philip Scheltens


Professor Philip Scheltens

Job title:

Consultant Neurologist

Place of work / study:

Amsterdam University Medical Centre

Area of Research:

Clinical research in all forms of dementia.

How is your work funded?

Various sources, mix of private and government including Race Against Dementia.

Tell us a little about yourself:

Philip is a neurologist, Professor of Cognitive Neurology and founder of the Alzheimer Centre Amsterdam (University Medical Centre Amsterdam). Philip is a leading global opinion leader in the Alzheimer’s field and has published well over 1,100 publications in peer-reviewed journals, supervised the completion of more than 75 PhD theses and trained several clinical fellows of which 5 were appointed professor.

Since the early nineties, Philip was a principal investigator in numerous clinical trials investigating new drugs for patients with Alzheimer’s disease. He is a founding Member of the International Society of Vascular Cognitive Impairment (VASCOG), past-chair EAN Panel on Dementia, Founder and Chair of the two subsequent Dutch National Plans against Dementia and Co-founder of the international working group to harmonize criteria for early Alzheimer’s disease. Philip received several honours and awards. In 2016 he was awarded the European Grand Prix for Alzheimer’s Research and most recently he was knighted in the Order of the Netherlands Lion as a recognition for his entire career in the field of dementia. He is Honorary Professor of Neurology at several world-leading universities and member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).

Tell us a fun fact about yourself:

I love to cook.

Why did you choose to work in dementia?

Not sure actually; seemed the most interesting to do at that time (end of the 80’s).

What single piece of advice would you give to an early career researcher?

Keep on going! It is worth your while and the patients expect it from you.


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