Elga de Vries, Ph.D., is currently a full professor at the Department of Molecular Cell Biology and Immunology of the VU medical center Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Focus of her scientific career is on the cross talk of the immune system and the brain, in particular the role of the brain vasculature, in neurological diseases.
After her Ph.D. in 1995 in Pharmacology and a post-doctoral study at University College London, UK, she started her research group in Amsterdam. Within the research group, interest is in the involvement of the neurovascular unit in health and disease and how this affects neuronal function, using state-of-the art techniques.
In 2011, she was chair of the Cerebral Vascular Biology (CVB) meeting, held in Leiden, The Netherlands, The Netherlands. Together with a number of Dutch experts in the field, she founded the Dutch network BBBNedwork (www.bbbnedwork.nl), to further promote brain barrier research within the Netherlands.
Her research is embedded within Amsterdam Neuroscience, the joined research institute of neuroscience Amsterdam. She also serves on the editorial board of Fluids and Barriers of the CNS. She was elected member of the IBBS Council/Steering Committee of the International Brain Barriers Society in 2013 at the CVB meeting in Montreal.