Dr Philip Scheltens studied at the VU University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, gaining his MD in 1984, and PhD (Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Alzheimer’s disease) in 1993. Clinical residencies in neurosurgery at the Municipal Hospital Slotervaart, and at the VU (Vrije Universiteit) Medical Center, Amsterdam, supported his academic development. Dr Scheltens is Professor of Cognitive Neurology and Director of the Alzheimer Center at the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam, as well as Honorary Professor of Neurology at University College London. His main clinical and research interests are Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, frontotemporal dementia, magnetic resonance imaging, PET imaging, and biomarkers. He is active in the field of biomarkers and clinical trials and has been the (inter) national PI for many studies, including Phase I–III multicentre clinical trials. He is founder of, and has directed since 2000, the Alzheimer Center, which during this time has produced over 34 PhD theses. Dr Scheltens is an active member of several societies, including the Dutch Society for Neurology, the IPA, the AAN, the Alzheimer Imaging Consortium, the ISTAART Consortium, and the ECNP. He has been instrumental in organising several national and international conferences, including the Imaging Symposium attached to ICAD. He chairs the dementia panel of the EFNS. He was Associate Editor of the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry until 2010. He was Chief Editor of the official journal of the Dutch Society of Neurology until November 2008. He is also a member of the editorial boards of Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders and International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, and acts as an ad hoc reviewer of scientific articles for, amongst others, The Lancet (Neurology), Stroke, Neurology, Annals of Neurology, New England Journal of Medicine, Brain, and Science a.o. He has authored >510 peer reviewed papers and >50 book chapters. Dr Scheltens co-edited the books, Magnetic Resonance in Dementia (Springer), Neuroimaging in dementia (Springer) and Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging: Clinical Applications (Oxford University Press). He was one of the founding fathers of, and has acted as Treasurer of the International Society for Vascular Behavioural and Cognitive Disorders (Vas-Cog), until 2011. He was elected member of the Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2011 and act as secretary of the Medicine Section since 2012.