Universiteit Maastricht

Maastricht University (UM) is the most international university in the Netherlands, with almost 45% of our students and more than 30% of teaching staff coming from abroad.

High-quality researchers have attracted international attention by taking the lead in several large European research projects. The medical faculty is combined with the University Hospital in the Maastricht University Medical Centre (MUMC). The MUMC serves as secondary and tertiary referral centre for neuropathies and has a large diabetes care department.

UM serves as tertiary referral centre for acquired and genetic peripheral neuropathies, and has a longstanding collaboration with Dutch and international centres on painful peripheral neuropathies. UM was the leading organization of the PeriNomS study, focused on outcome measures in peripheral neuropathies, in which 25 international centres participated, and was responsible for training of all participating partners in this and other international trials.

Staff members

Catharina G Faber

Supervisor of ESR 1 and 6

Expertise

Cinical neuroscience, Neurogenetics. Dutch patients’ organization for neuromuscular disorders advisor; Board member of ISNO.

More than 100 papers in international peer reviewed journals.

Extensive experience in the neuromuscular field, especially in painful and small fibre neuropathies; head of the skin biopsy lab at UM; PI of all small fibre neuropathy research at UM. Supervisor of 9 Ph.D. students in Neuroscience.

Ingemar S.J.Merkies

Co-supervisor of ESR 1 and 6

Expertise

Clinical Neuroscience, clinimetrics. Board member PeriNoms; Steering committee several trials in peripheral neuropathy; Editorial board member JPNS.

More than 100 papers in international peer reviewed journals.

Coordinator of clinical Neurology Unit and mentoring of 9 Ph.D. students in Neuroscience.

Janneke G.J. Hoeijmakers

Co-supervisor of ESR 1

Expertise

Clinical Neuroscience. Dutch patients’ organization for neuromuscular disorders advisor.

More than 30 papers in international peer reviewed journals.

Supervisor of 4 Ph.D. students in Neuroscience.

Hubert Smeets

Co-supervisor of ESR 6

Expertise

Clinical Genomics, mitochondrial diseases , functional studies, stem cell therapy, fertility, systems biology

More than 200 papers in international peer reviewed journals (Hirsch-index web of sciences 43).

Supervisor of 28 PhD students, trainer 8 clinical genetics laboratory specialists.

Monique M Gerrits

Co-supervisor of ESR 6

Expertise

Clinical Genomics, pain-related genomics; ESHG and EBMG Clinical Laboratory Geneticists Professional Branch Board member,

More than 30 papers in international peer reviewed journals.

Supervisor of more than 10 Ph.D. students and undergraduate students in Genetics.