On July 20 of this year, the Brain Barriers Society (http://www.ibbsoc.org/) announced the appointment of its’ new elected President Prof. Elga de Vries (VU Medical Center, Amsterdam, the Netherlands; biography included below) and the new elected Vice President, Prof. Robert Thorne (University of Wisconsin-Madison; biography included below). As from her own words Elga de Vries stated that: “I would like to express my deep thanks to the former President of the Society, who has been the founding father of the IBBS and has made excellent contributions to promote and actively team up international experts in the field of brain barrier research. Robert Thorne and I are really looking forward to working with all member of the Society to keep this spirit alive and we would like to thank all our wonderful members from the CNS barriers community around the world for your continued support and encouragement!”
Prof. dr. Elga de Vries 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 PhD 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 (http://www.amsterdam-neuroscience.org/), the joined research institute of the Neuroscience investigators of both Medical Centers in 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 (https://www.vumc.nl/afdelingen/moleculairecelbiologie/Research-MCBI/Elga-de-Vries).