Prof. dr. Cammen, T.J.M. van der

Tischa van der Cammen is professor of Autonomous Ageing at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering. Main research interests are Design for Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms in Dementia, Design for Falls Prevention, and Design for  Integrated Care.

Academic Background

Prior to joining IDE, Tischa van der Cammen was Head Divison of Geriatrics, Department of Internal Medicine, Erasmus University Medical Center, Rotterdam.

Education

  • June 2015-present
    Professor Autonomous Ageing
    Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, department Industrial Design, section Applied Ergonomics and Design, Delft University of Technology
  • March 2014-June 2015
    Associate Professor Applied Geriatric Ergonomics and Design
    Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, department Industrial Design, section Applied Ergonomics and Design, Delft University of Technology
  • 2007-2012
    Associate Professor Internal and Geriatric Medicine
    Erasmus MC, University Medical Center Rotterdam
  • 1987-2012 
    Head Section of Geriatric Medicine, 
    Department of Internal Medicine, Erasmus MC, University Medical Center, Rotterdam
  • 1991
    PhD in Medicine for thesis on ‘Diagnostic Approaches and Management Aspects of Early Dementia’ 
    Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • 1984
    Accreditation in Geriatric Medicine (United Kingdom)
  • 1979
    Accreditation in Internal Medicine (The Netherlands)
  • 1973
    Medical degree
    Leiden University

Experience

Current appointments and activities

Specialisation / field of research

  • Geriatrics
  • Comprehensive geriatric assessment
  • Dementia
  • Falls
  • Drug-related falls
  • Falls prevention
  • Adverse drug reactions
  • Autonomous ageing 

Case
Falls are a major health care problem and a geriatric presentation of underlying disease. The research of Tischa is directed at determinants of falls in older persons, with the aim to identify the contribution of ageing, drugs, polypharmacy, and muscle atrophy to fall risk. Especially, reversibility of fall risk and prevention of further falls are areas of interest.

Lectures / Coaches students on

  • Geriatrics
  • Aspects of dementia
  • Falls
  • Falls prevention
  • Design innovation for ageing
  • Autonomous ageing 
"Autonomous ageing"