Dr. Thomas Huizenga, MD, PHD
Chairman of the Department of Rheumatology, Leiden University Medical Center, The Netherlands.
Professor Tom Huizinga is chairman of the Department of Rheumatology, Leiden University Medical Center, The Netherlands. Having graduated from the University of Amsterdam Medical School in 1986, Professor Huizinga went on to write his thesis, Neutrophil Fc-gamma receptors (cum laude). Following this, he studied at Dartmouth Medical School, New Hampshire, USA before returning to the Netherlands to train in internal medicine/rheumatology. This including 3 years spent at the Department of Rheumatology, Academic Hospital Leiden. Professor Huizinga qualified as an immunologist in 1991 and as a rheumatologist in 1997.
In 1997, Professor Huizinga took up the position of Rheumatologist at the Leiden University Hospital, becoming Associate Professor of Rheumatology at Leiden University in 1997 and Professor of Rheumatology at Leiden University Medical Centre in 2000. Since 2006 Professor Huizinga is chairman of the Department of Rheumatology at Leiden University Medical Centre. Professor Huizinga was a member of the Annual Meeting Planning Committee of the American College of Rheumatology from 2000 to 2003, and the Annual Meeting Planning Committee of the EULAR from 2004 to 2007. In 2006, he was appointed as a member of the Henry Kunkel Society, New York. In 2005/6 he served a member of the "Verkenningscommissie Multifactoriele Aandoeningen in het Genomics Tijdperk" of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences. Professor Huizinga received a number of prizes throughout his academic career, among them the “Boerhaave prize for outstanding contributions to Immunology” and has (co)authored over 500 peer-reviewed articles. His H-factor is 64. Among his grants, he received a fellowship of the Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences to study: "Regulation of TNFa-production in rheumatoid arthritis". He is member of the editorial boards of Plos Medicine, Annals of Rheumatic Diseases, Arthritis and Rheumatism, Current Rheumatology Reviews Genes and Immunity, International Journal of Advances in Rheumatology, Joint Bone Spine Revue du Rheumatism International Edition, Current Rheumatology Reviews, Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology.
Area of interest(s):
- translational research in rheumatoid arthritis
- clinical research in neuro-psychiatric SLE