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 Dr. Gerda Andringa (Head of Department)


Gerda Andringa is an associate professor in Cognitive Science at the department of Science. She was born on December 12, 1970, in Zuidwolde, the Netherlands. She graduated in Biology at the University of Groningen in 1994, and received her PhD degree in 2000 on new treatment strategies for Parkinson’s disease. Gerda worked as a visiting scientist at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke in Bethesda, US and as an assistant professor at the Department of Medical Pharmacology of the VU University in Amsterdam. Her group has developed and validated cell culture, rodent and primate models for neurodegenerative diseases and optimized advanced SPECT scanning techniques in these models. Gerda’s current research activities focus on the development and evaluation of practical diagnostic markers and non-pharmacological interventions for dementias such as Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia. Gerda developed a passion for teaching and tutoring as an assistant professor at the VU University where she occasionally taught bachelor, master and PhD students. She gained more experience when teaching at the University of Applied Sciences in Utrecht, coaching students as well as professionals in the pharmaceutical industry. At present she is the coordinator of the Cognitive Science track and head of the Science department at UCR.


Selected Publications


  • Andringa G, van der Zande N, van de Nes J, Rijkers G. The Test Your Memory (TYM) Test Outperforms the MMSE in the Detection of MCI and Dementia. Curr Alzheimer Res. 2017; 14(6):598-607.

  • Kortekaas R, Eshuis SA, Andringa G, Cools AR, Leenders KL. Motor behavior correlates with striatal [¹⁸F]-DOPA uptake in MPTP-lesioned primates. Neurochem Int. 2013 Mar;62(4):349-53. 

  • Wilhelmus MM, Verhaar R, Andringa G, Bol JG, Cras P, Shan L, Hoozemans JJ, Drukarch B. Presence of tissue transglutaminase in granular endoplasmic reticulum is characteristic of melanized neurons in Parkinson's disease brain. Brain Pathol. 2011 Mar;21(2):130-9. 

  • Andringa G, Bol JG, Wang X, Boekel A, Bennett MC, Chase TN, Drukarch B. Changed distribution pattern of the constitutive rather than the inducible HSP70 chaperone in neuromelanin-containing neurones of the Parkinsonian midbrain. Neuropathol Appl Neurobiol. 2006 Apr;32(2):157-69.

  • Andringa G, Drukarch B, Bol JGJM, de Bruin K, Sorman K, Habraken JBA, Booij J. (2005) Pinhole SPECT imaging of dopamine transporters correlates with dopamine transporter immunohistochemical analysis in the MPTP mouse model of Parkinson’s disease. Neuroimage. 26, 4:1150-8.

  • Andringa G, Lam KY, Chegary M, Wang X, Chase TN, Bennett MC, (2004) Tissue transglutaminase catalyzes the formation of alpha-synuclein crosslinks in Parkinson’s disease. FASEB J., 18, 7: 932-934.

  • Andringa G, Eshuis S, Perentes E, Maguire RP, Roth D, Ibrahim M, Leenders KL, Cools AR. (2003) TCH346 prevents motor symptoms and loss of striatal FDOPA uptake in bilaterally MPTP-treated primates. Neurobiol. Dis., 14, 2: 205-217.




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