Nathalie van der Velde

MD, PhD, (Principal Investigator), Prof. PhD


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Research interests

Professor Nathalie van der Velde is a consultant geriatrician since 2010. She is also the principal investigator and leader of the research line ‘person-centred falls & fracture prevention’ at the Amsterdam UMC. Furthermore, she is co-chairing the Amsterdam Public Health Institutions’ research programme “Aging and Later Life”.

Nathalie is both nationally and internationally involved in activities to improve falls prevention. She chairs the European Geriatric Medicine Society SIG Falls and Fractures and the Task and Finish Group on fall-risk-increasing drugs. Furthermore, she is co-chair of the task force of the ongoing World Falls Guideline initiative, and co-leading its polypharmacy working group. She is also a member of the steering committee of the World Congress on Falls and Postural Stability. On a national level, she chairs the Dutch Network of Fall clinics and she is a member of the board of the Dutch Syncope and Autonomic Disorders group and of the steering committee of the Dutch Falls and Dizziness guidelines cluster. With regard to editorial tasks she serves as deputy editor for Age & Ageing and associate editor for the Annals of Medicine.

Her overall research goal is to minimize the number and consequences of falls and fall-related injury in older persons. Momentarily, she focusses on optimizing and personalizeing deprescribing of fall-risk increasing drugs and optimizing and personalizing diagnosing and treating cardiovascular related fall risk. Her overall objectives are to optimize recognition and treatment of individual fall-risk factors by carrying out clinical and epidemiological research and disperse knowledge on falls research by actively participating in fall workgroups and networks.


Geriatric medicine (internal medicine)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam: Erasmus MC

Award Date: 23 May 2007

Master, Erasmus MC

Award Date: 1 Sep 2006

Master, UvA

Award Date: 1 Apr 2001

External positions

Deputy Editor, Age & Ageing

Associate Editor Annals of Medicine

Co-chair task force Global Falls Guidelines

Co-chair EuGMS SIG Falls & Fractures

Chair EuGMS T&F group fall-risk increasing drugs

Boardmember Dutch Syncope & Autonomic Disorders WG

Member Dutch Falls and Dizziness Guideline Committee

Chair SIG Dutch Geriatrics Society Falls

Member steering committee World Congress Falls & Postural Instability


  • RZ Other systems of medicine
  • Geriatric Medicine
  • Syncope/TLOC
  • Falls
  • Fractures
  • Polypharmacy
  • Deprescribing
  • Cardiovascular


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