Julie van der Zee’s research focusses on translational genetic research of early-onset dementia. In 2007 she obtained her PhD on the molecular genetics of frontotemporal lobar degeneration, together with Alzheimer’s disease a common cause of early-onset dementia. Since 2011, she has positioned herself in the field of early-onset dementia and founded, as Co-coordinator together with Coordinator Prof. Dr. Christine Van Broeckhoven, the European Early-Onset Dementia Consortium. In 2012, she was appointed Assistant Professor in Translational Genetics at the University of Antwerp and promoted in 2016 to Associate Professor. In addition to her research activities, she has a strong societal engagement, giving regular educative lectures to patient and lay organizations to increase awareness for the dementia epidemic, give visibility to the research programs and encourage volunteers to participate to research.