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Dorly  Deeg

Dorly J.H. Deeg

Professor of Epidemiology of Ageing

Short biography

By education a mathematician, Prof. Deeg has worked mainly in the areas of public health and gerontology. From 1991 to 2015, she was the scientific director of the Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam (LASA). Since 2001, she is a full professor of Epidemiology of Aging in the department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, currently part of the Amsterdam Public Health Research Institute, location VU University Medical Centre.
Prof. Deeg 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. To date, her publications include studies of longevity, morbidity, functional limitations, cognitive impairment, depression, personal competence, life style, care utilisation, historic trends, and methodology. Since reaching her statutory retirement age in 2015, Prof. Deeg has continued to work on a part-time basis, focussing on studies on older workers and factors affecting their pre- and post-retirement health. She continues to supervise several PhD students.
Prof. Deeg's international experience is demonstrated by a series of visiting fellowships and visiting professorships to various research institutes: the U.S. National Institute on Aging, Epidemiology, Biometry and Demography Program; the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology, department of Community Health, Japan; the Tampere School of Public Health, Finland; the MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing, University College London, U.K.
Furthermore, prof. Deeg 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).
Prof. Deeg is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, and a member of honour of the Netherlands Society for Gerontology. She won the 2009 Prize of the Dutch Federation of Medical Scientific Associations and the 2017 Award of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics, European Region, and was knighted in the Order of the Dutch Lion in 2016.

Job experience
Function: Past 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, recent 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 (2004-2017)
  • Member, Advisory Board for the German Ageing Study (DEAS) (2012-)
  • Member, Executive Committee of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics, European Region (2012-2015)
  • Member, Advisory Board for the Norwegian Longitudinal Study of Ageing (2009-2016)
  • Member, Advisory Board for COURAGE, a EU-FP7 funded European project (2009-2013)
  • Member, Scientific council of FUTURAGE, a road-map project funded under EU-FP7 (2009-2011)
  • Member, Advisory Board, European Health Monitoring Unit (EHEMU) (2005-)
  • Editorial board of Journal of Aging and Health (Sage) (2008-)

National, recent professional activities

  • Member, Board of the Foundation for Support VCVGZ to support research in mental health care (2016-)
  • Member, National Council for Health Research on Health and working longer (2016-2018)
  • Member, National Council for Health Research on Self-reliance of older persons (2015-2018)
  • Member, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) committee on the National Scientific Agenda (2018-)
  • Member, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) committee on investments grants-large (2012-2018)
  • Chair, Netherlands Society for Gerontology (2005-2012)
  • Editor for the theme Health of the Netherlands Canon of Gerontology (2010-)
  • Co-responsibility for the bachelor course “Geriatrics and ageing” in the curriculum Health Sciences, Vrije Universiteit (2003-2015)
  • Co-director of private company ARCHA Inc., gerontological and methodological consultation for field projects (1991-)