Who are we?

This site is an initiative of Anna Simon, Joost PH Drenth, and Jos WM van der Meer, of the department of General Internal Medicine at the Radboud University Medical Center Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

In Nijmegen, there is an active group of researchers interested in HIDS. This interest dates back to the very beginning, in 1984, when Jos WM van der Meer and his colleagues (then working in Leiden) first described this syndrome in the Lancet (PubMed ID 6144826). Joost PH Drenth got his PhD on hyper-IgD syndrome in 1996, while Anna Simon received that honour on November 4, 2004 – both with the distinction cum laude. Jeroen van der Hilst worked in our team from September 2003 until 2009, when he too received his PhD on this subject. Evelien Bodar will be defending her PhD thesis later this year (2011). Monique Stoffels is the current PhD student working in our group. Other people involved are: Johanna van der Ven, lab-technician; Heleen de Koning, PhD student on the closely related subject of Schnitzler syndrome located at the Department of Dermatology; Marcel van Deuren, internist with a keen interest in HIDS as well.

We are all part of the N4i Centre for Immunodeficiency and Autoinflammation (NCIA), which was established as a clinical excellence centre at the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre.

Last update: March 12, 2011

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