Dr. van der Vaart is trained as a neuroscientist and medical doctor. He obtained his PhD cum laude departments of pediatrics and neuroscience at Erasmus MC. His research included treatment of cognitive disorders in Neurofibromatosis 1, focused on mouse models demonstrating a potential beneficial effect of lamotrigine. He also coordinated the NF1-SIMCODA placebo-controlled randomized controlled trial testing the effect of simvastatin on cognition and behavior in school-aged children with NF1. Currently, he is a resident in Neurology.