Prof.dr. Dirkje Postma

Prof.dr. Dirkje Postma
University of Groningen
Lung diseases
www.rug.nl/staff/d.s.postma/

 

 

 

 

Education




Honours and Achievements




Background/Biography

Postma , Professor of the Pathophysiology of Respiration at the University of Groningen, was awarded an Academy Professorship ‘for her contributions to the field of pulmonary disease’. Postma has worked on asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD) and allergies. Her early work, leading to the use of steroids as a standard treatment for asthma patients, has benefited many millions of people worldwide. She has a very broad range of research, having chosen a number of different areas to study, and has examined each of these in great detail and in a highly original manner. She continues to do both clinical work and basic research at an exceptional level. She has successfully expanded her research into the genetics of asthma and is now recognized as being one of the leading investigators in this field worldwide. She has exhibited an exceptional ability to relate the physical conditions of patients to their likely genetic modifications, and is well known for her ability to link pathology to genetics. She is part of a small group of leading researchers in genetic studies. Her international reputation in the whole area of pulmonary allergy and asthma is excellent, and she continues to receive frequent invitations to speak at large international conferences and to contribute to small specialist workshops. She was able to obtain outstanding financial support for asthma and COPD research and she has trained a remarkable number of students who have continued to reveal the bases and treatment of these debilitating diseases.

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