Professor Dr Tom W. J. Huizinga, MD, PhD

Professor Dr Tom W. J. Huizinga, MD, PhD

Leiden University Medical Center,
The Netherlands

Tom Huizinga is Chairman of Rheumatology at Leiden University Medical Center, the oldest university in the Netherlands. He received his MD from the University of Amsterdam in 1986, after which he joined the Army as a blood transfusion specialist from 1986 to 1987. Professor Huizinga went on to receive his PhD cum laude on the biochemical and functional characterisation of Fc-gamma receptors. In 1990 he worked as a postdoctoral researcher in Dartmouth Medical School, New Hampshire, USA and in 1991 he was ratified as an immunologist and started his training in internal medicine. He finished his rheumatology training in 1997.

Between 1994 and 1999 Professor Huizinga received a fellowship of the Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences to study: “Regulation of TNFα-production in rheumatoid arthritis”. In 1998 he became Associate Professor in Rheumatology and has served as full Professor since 2000. In 2006 he became Chairman of Rheumatology at Leiden University Medical Center.

Professor Huizinga has received a number of prizes for his work including the Boerhaave prize for outstanding contributions to Immunology and the Howard and Martha Holley Award: American College of Rheumatology (ACR) Southeast Regional Meeting “Cytokine polymorphisms in disease”.

He has served on a number of committees, including the Annual Meeting Planning Committee of the ACR (2000–2003) and the Annual Meeting Planning Committee of the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) (2004–2007).

Professor Huizinga serves on the board of the Dutch Society for Rheumatology as well as on a number of journal Editorial Boards including Genes and Immunity, International Journal of Advances in Rheumatology, Joint Bone Spine Revue du Rheumatism International Edition, Annals of Rheumatic Diseases, PLOS Medicine and Current Rheumatology Reviews.

He has co-authored over 500 peer-reviewed articles, (H-factor 66) and he has written over 10 book chapters.

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