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Dorly  Deeg

Dorly J.H. Deeg

Professor of Epidemiology of Ageing and
Scientific Director of the Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam (LASA)


Short biography

By education a mathematician, Prof. Deeg has worked mainly in the areas of public health and gerontology. She prepared her doctoral thesis (1989) in the department of Public Health, Erasmus University School of Medicine, Rotterdam, in collaboration with the department of Psychogerontology, University of Nijmegen.
Since 1991, she is the scientific director of the Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam (LASA). In this year, she was appointed as an associate professor in the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, department of Psychiatry. Since 2001, she is a full professor of epidemiology of aging in the department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, EMGO-Institute for Health and Care Research, VU University Medical Centre.
To date, publications include studies of longevity, morbidity, functional limitations, cognitive impairment, depression, personal competence, life style, social support, historic trends, and methodology. Prof. Deeg is currently supervising 11 PhD studies on various aspects of health changes and adjustment.
International experience is demonstrated by a series of visits abroad. From December 1986 through July 1988, prof. Deeg was a visiting fellow at the U.S. National Institute on Aging, Epidemiology, Biometry and Demography Program. Based on her experience here, she published a volume titled Experiences from Longitudinal Studies of Aging (1989), which included an inventory of 72 studies across the world, three of which were described in detail regarding conceptualisation, organisation and output. From September 1990 through February 1991, Prof. Deeg was a visiting scholar at the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology, department of Community Health, in Japan. In 2005, she was a visiting professor in the Tampere School of Public Health, Finland, and in 2011, at the MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing, London, UK.
Furthermore, Prof. Deeg is a fellow in the Gerontological Society of America, and has been a partner in several EU-funded projects: Socio-Economic differences in Healthy Ageing (SEdHA, 2000-03), Comparison of Longitudinal European Studies on Ageing (CLESA (2001-04), and Mobilising the Potential of Active Ageing in Europe (MOPACT, 2013-2016). She was also involved in the European Forum on Population Ageing Research and its successors, ERA-AGE and Futurage, and is active member of the International Network on Health Expectancy and the Disability Process (REVES, since 1991) and the Integrated Analysis of Longitudinal Studies of Aging network (IALSA, since 2006). Since 2009, she is the Principal Investigator of the European Project on Osteo-Arthritis (EPOSA).
Since 2004, Prof. Deeg is founding editor-in-chief of the European Journal of Ageing with Prof. H.-W. Wahl (University of Heidelberg).


Job experience
Function: Scientific director of a multidisciplinary, longitudinal study (Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam, LASA) in collaboration with, amongst others, the Department of Sociology of the VU University.
Activities: supervision of research progress, including own research; acquisition of new (side-)studies; supervision of external users of LASA-data; data quality control; personnel and financial management; public relations; methodological consultation; teaching in Epidemiology of health and disability in older age.


International, professional activities

  • Founding editor-in-chief, European Journal of Ageing: Social, Behavioural and Health Perspectives (Springer), with prof.dr. H.-W. Wahl, Department of Psychological Ageing Research, Heidelberg (2004-)
  • Member, Advisory Board for the Norwegian Longitudinal Study of Ageing, Oslo (2009-)
  • Member, Advisory Board for COURAGE, a EU-FP7 funded European project (2009-)
  • Member, Scientific council of FUTURAGE, a road-map project funded under EU-FP7 (2009-)
  • Consultant to the New Dynamics in Ageing programme Halcyon, London (2008-)
  • Member, Advisory Board for the collaborative project ‘Autonomy despite Multimorbidity in Ageing’, Berlin (2008-)
  • Member, AgeAction Social Section Panel in preparation of the interdisciplinary conference "Changing expectations of life", Newcastle, UK, April 23, 2007 (2006-07)
  • Member, Expert Panel for Cohort Studies, Swiss National Science Foundation, Division Biology and Medicine (2005-)
  • Member, Advisory Board, European Health Monitoring Unit (EHEMU) (2005-)
  • Editorial board of Journal of Aging and Health (Sage) (2008-)


National, professional activities

  • Winner of the 2009 Prize of the Dutch Federation of Medical Scientific Associations
  • Chair, Netherlands Society for Gerontology (2005-)
  • Editor for the theme Health of the Netherlands Canon of Gerontology (2010-)
  • Member, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research preparatory committee for the research theme “Life course” (2004-07)
  • Member, National Council for Health Research on Data sharing (2008)
  • Member, Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw) committee Innovational Research Incentives Scheme VENI (2007-2010)
  • Member, National Health Council Committee on Comorbidity (2005-2007)
  • Consultant, National Expertise Centre Deafblindness, Maarn (2004-06)
  • Responsibility for the bachelor course “Trends in public health” in the curriculum Health Sciences, Vrije Universiteit (2005-)
  • Responsibility for the master course “Health and psycho-social factors” in the curriculum Health Sciences, Vrije Universiteit (2005-)
  • Co-responsibility for the bachelor course “Geriatrics and ageing” in the curriculum Health Sciences, Vrije Universiteit (2003-)
  • Chair, quality committee Institute for Research in Extramural Medicine, VU Medical Centre, (2003-2006)
  • Member, curatorium for the Stuyterman van Loo-chair “Social Gerontology” (Prof.dr. Nan Stevens), faculty of Social Sciences, VU (2003-)
  • Member, Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw): Sounding Board committee ‘Opmaat: Diversity from patient perspective’ (2003-08)
  • Board member, Centre for Ageing Research (CVO), Vrije Universiteit (2001-)
  • Board member, Dutch Foundation of Women and Health Research, 1997-
  • Co-director of private company ARCHA b.v., gerontological and methodological consultation for field projects (1991-)
  • Editorial board of Tijdschrift voor Gezondheidswetenschappen [Journal of Public Health/Health and Society] (1993-)