PROF Andrea Maier

PROF Andrea Maier


  • Medicine (Ageing, Sarcopenia, Gerontology, Geriatrics, Senescence)



  • After graduation in Medicine at the Medical University Lübeck (Germany) in 2003, Andrea Maier registered as specialist Internal Medicine-Geriatrician at the Leiden University Medical Centre (the Netherlands) in 2009. Contemporaneously she worked on translational research on ageing, defending her thesis on gerontopsychiatric-medical units in 2003 and on cellular senescence in 2008. Her research is driven by her passion to unravel ageing mechanisms and the interaction of ageing and age-related syndromes and diseases, which eventually leads to counteracting interventions. Her research group particularly focuses on sarcopenia and cellular senescence and its influence on age related diseases. She conducts several observational and intervention studies. In 2012 she was appointed as Head of the Section Gerontology and Geriatrics at the VU University Medical Centre and the Amsterdam Centre on Aging, Amsterdam (the Netherlands) and in March 2013 as full Professor of Medicine, particularly Gerontology. In February 2016 she was appointed as Professor of Ageing at the VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Since February 2016 she has worked at the Royal Melbourne Hospital as Divisional Director of Medicine and Community Care and as Professorial Fellow of Aged Care at the University of Melbourne, Australia.



Member of

  • Australian and New Zealand Society for Sarcopenia and Frailty Research. President-elect Australian and New Zealand Society for Sarcopenia and Frailty Research 2019 -
  • International Cell Senescence Association. Steering Committee Member International Cell Senescence Association 2018 -
  • National Aged Care Research Network. Invited Member of the National Aged Care Research Network (AHRA) representing the Melbourne Academic Centre for Health 2018 -
  • The Royal Australasian College of Physicians. Fellowship The Royal Australasian College of Physicians 2018 -


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • 2016-2020 NeruroCIMT STW, Orthostatic hypotension in elderly, co-applicant (504k€)
    2015-2019 H2020 PreventIT, Risk detection and prevention in ageing people (699k€)
    2015-2019 H2020-MSCA-ITN PANINI, Influence of physical activity and nutrition on aging (511k€)
    2015-2016 Nutricia Research grant, Muscle measures in older hospitalized patients (57k€)
    2015 Fonds NutsOhra, Resilience – longer at home (39k€)
    2014 LLP ERASMUS (code n. 2013-1-IT2-ERA 10-52928), Biology of Aging, summer school (62k€)
    2014 Stichting Hofjes Codde en van Beresteyn, dissemination grant, co-applicant (8k)
    2014-2017 EMIF-AD (No 115372), Definition of extreme phenotypes on resilience to dementia 
    2014 Clinical Nutrition award, most cited paper 2013, ESPEN, Geneva
    2014-2015 Stichting Hofjes Codde en van Beresteyn, dissemination grant (14k€)
    2014-2016 Nutricia Research grant, Dietary intake, physical activity and sarcopenia (80k€)
    2013-2014 Nutricia Research grant, Nutrition and sarcopenia (50k€)
    2011-2014 Unilever BBSRC Studentship, cooperation with University Glasgow and Unilever Colworth (UK), co-applicant (250k)
    2010-2013 NGI/NWO grant 050-060-810, NCHA, WP leader Skin/cell ageing and health (200k€)
    2010-2013 NGI/NWO grant 050-060-810, NCHA, WP leader Mobility and cognitive decline (100k€)
    2010-2013 NGI/NWO grant 050-060-810, NCHA, Nutrient sensing, co-applicant (200k€)
    2010-2012 ISAO, Blood-brain barrier permeability in Alzheimer’s disease, co-applicant (50k€)
    2010-2014 STW-Perspectief, 10737, NeuroSIPE-BALROOM, co-applicant (200k€)
    2009 Dutch Association of Internal Medicine award, best oral presentation (0.5k€)
    2009-2013 FP7 program HEALTH-2007-2.4.5-10, MYOAGE ‘Understanding and combating age-related muscle weakness’, WP leader (800k€)
    2008-2010 NGI/   


Education and training

  • Prof, University of Melbourne 2016


Available for supervision

  • N

Supervision Statement

  • The research group consists of a team of highly motivated members at a variety of career stages who aim to improve health care by understanding the ageing process and age related diseases to ultimately prevent detrimental life history trajectories. Biological studies to understand the pathophysiology of the ageing process at cellular level go hand in hand with clinical studies defining the clinical phenotype and interventions in middle aged to elderly populations.
    Bachelor and master students are welcome to join the team to get familiar with research skills and to answer their own defined research question. Currently, I also invite interested junior scientists to apply for open PhD trajectories in my group.

    PhD graduates

    9/2015 Jantsje Pasma (LUMC): Impaired standing balance: Unraveling the underlying cause in elderly
    6/2013 Astrid Bijlsma (LUMC): Definition of sarcopenia
    3/2012 Diana Taekema (LUMC): Determinants of muscular and functional vitality in oldest old people
    2/2012 Pim Dekker (LUMC): Cellular stress in vitro and longevity in vivo

    Current PhD trajectories

    2016-2019 Vacancy (VU): Panini
    2016-2019 Vacancy (VU): Panini
    2016-2019 Jaenine van Ancum (VU): Early risk detection and prevention of mobility problems
    2015-2019 Stephanie Looijaard (VUmc): Sarcopenia and geriatric oncology
    2015-2019 Anna Rojer (VUmc): Physical activity and sarcopenia
    2014-2017 Kathelijn Versteeg (VUmc): Geriatric oncology
    2014-2017 Nienke Legdeur (VUmc): Healthy cognitive ageing
    2014-2016 Sjors Verlaan (VUmc): Nutrition and mobility
    2010-2016 Carolina Ling (LUMC): Predictors of sarcopenia and dynapenia
    2014-2016 Esmee Reijnierse (VUmc): Sarcopenia and nutrition
    2012-2016 Wiebe Verra (LUMC): Mobility disorders
    2010-2016 Mariette Waaijer (LUMC), MD/PhD student: Cellular senescence