Miriam Haaksma works at the department of Geriatrics as a PhD student and epidemiologist-in-training. She earned her master’s degree in Nutrition & Health Science from Wageningen University in 2014. During her masters she specialized in molecular nutrition and studied the pathophysiology of cow’s milk allergy in young children. She is currently working on a collaborative research project of Radboudumc and Karolinksa Institutet (SE), supervised by Prof. Marcel Olde Rikkert and Prof. Laura Fratiglioni. Her PhD project focuses on the progression of dementia and is titled: Understanding and Predicting Personalized Growth Rate curves to Aid Individualized care in Dementia: the UPPGRAID study. By combining data from multiple longitudinal dementia cohorts, together with growth mixture modeling techniques, the UPPGRAID study aims to provide a personalized prognosis of decline in cognition and daily functioning for individuals with dementia. In the summer of 2016, Miriam secured a visiting research position at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore (U.S.A.) in order to collaborate with a biostatistician, Dr. Jeannie-Marie Leoutsakos, who educated her on growth mixture modeling techniques. From January until October 2017, Miriam will be applying these modeling techniques to data from two Swedish population-based cohorts at the Aging Research Center in Stockholm. Besides her passion for epidemiological research and data analysis, Miriam also enjoys teaching. She plans to defend her dissertation in the spring of 2019.
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