Prof.dr. Cisca Wijmenga

Prof.dr. Cisca Wijmenga
University of Groningen
Medical Sciences
http://www.rug.nl/research/our-top-research/top-researchers/erc-grants/wijmenga

 

 

 

 

Education




Honours and Achievements

Member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) in September 2012. In November 2012 she received a prestigious ERC Advanced Grant for her research project on Celiac disease. The BBMRI-NL2.0 project, a collaboration led by Wijmenga between biobanks in the Netherlands, received EUR 9.8 million from NWO in July 2014.



Background/Biography

Prof. Cisca Wijmenga has been Professor of Human Genetics at the University of Groningen and head of the Genetics Department of the University Medical Center Groningen since 2007. The aim of her research is to understand the role that genes play in the development of chronic diseases. Her research group focuses on the genetics of inflammation-related conditions, such as coeliac disease (gluten allergy) and inflammatory intestinal disease (e.g. Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis). Research led by Wijmenga has discovered several genes that are involved in causing such immune-related disorders. This knowledge is leading to new insights into the disease process, and could possibly result in new treatments for patients. 

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