Rose Marie Dröes

The Netherlands

Rose Marie Dröes is Professor of Psychosocial care for people with dementia at the Department of Psychiatry of the VU University medical center in Amsterdam (The Netherlands).

Professor Dröes is Head of the research programme ‘Care and support in dementia’ at this department, partner of the Alzheimer Center of VUmc and Board Member of the Amsterdam Center on Aging. She has great expertise in the development, evaluation and implementation of needs based psychosocial interventions for people with dementia and their carers.

Professor Dröes was project leader of many national research projects on dementia care and participated in 7 European projects. Since 2014 she is leader of the international INTERDEM taskforce Social Health in Dementia, which published a position paper on this subject in 2017.

The first ministerial WHO conference on global action against dementia in 2015 stated, "We need to invest more in research to develop a drug, but also to improve the quality of life of people with dementia and the support of their caregivers."

The intention is to gather scientific insights about major societal challenges in LIAS on the basis of international and interdisciplinary consultation.

Luc Sels

Rector KU Leuven and Co-Chair LIAS Foundation