Frank-Erik de Leeuw is a neurologist and professor in cerebrovascular diseases at the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Center, Donders Institute for Brain, Cogntion & Behaviour. He has a special interest in causes and consequences of cerebral small vessel disease and as such he is the PI of the RUNDMC Study, that started in 2006; a longitudinal study that addresses many aspects of cerebral small vessel disease. In addition he investigates causes and long-term sequelae of stroke in young adults and is the founder of several prospective studies within this area (the FUTURE Study and the ODYSSEY Study). He is one of the initiators of the GOAL study (Global Outcome Assessment life-long after stroke in young adults initiative). He received several grants in these areas including an innovational grant from ZonMW (VIDI) and he is a Clinical Esthablished Investigator of the Dutch Heart Foundation.