Henri G. Brunner - Curriculum Vitae#


Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Center
Department of Human Genetics 855, P.O. Box 9101
6500 HB Nijmegen, the Netherlands

Training:

H.G. Brunner studied medicine at the University of Groningen 1975-1984. From 1984, he trained as a clinical geneticist at Nijmegen University with Drs Ben ter Haar and Ben Hamel and Professor HH Ropers. He was board certified in Clinical Genetics in 1988.

Employment and activities:

From 1988 he was employed as a staff member in the department of Human Genetics (Section Clinical Genetics) Nijmegen University Hospital. After his Ph.D. thesis in 1993 (title: Genetic Studies in Myotonic Dystrophy) he has initiated and conducted several research projects that use clinical genetic observations as the starting point for human molecular genetic investigations into such topics as human behaviour, skeletal development, brain development, neuromuscular disease, congenital malformations, and gonadal development and function.

In 1998 he was appointed full professor and head of the department of Human Genetics at Nijmegen University Hospital. From 2004-2008 he served as chancellor for Human Genetics, Pediatrics, and Medical Psychology at Nijmegen University Hospital.

Han Brunner is regarded as one of the leading figures in the scientific understanding of the connections between clinical and molecular features of rare diseases, including applications to patient care.

Organisational and advisory functions:
  • Scientific Program Committee Chairman of the European Society of Human Genetics (2005-2010)
  • Scientific council of the Dutch Organisation for Research of Neuromuscular diseases (2001-2011)
  • Chairman of the Dutch National committee for VICI career development grants 2007-2009
  • President of the Nijmegen University Medical Centre Science committee (2004-2008)
  • Member of the scientific advisory board to the Cologne Centre for Genomics (CCG) 2007- present.
  • Scientific Advisory Board of Italian Telethon Association for the study of rare diseases (2007-present)
  • Organizer of the European School of Medical Genetics general course in Bertinoro, Italy (2004-present
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Dutch Society of Human Genetics 1999-2002
  • Member of the Scientific Program Committee International Congress of Human Genetics Brisbane 2006
  • Scientific Program Committee Member International Congress of Human Genetics Montreal 2011
  • Scientific Advisory committee of the Deciphering developmental disorders project 2011-present
  • Chairman of the 2011 panel on Genetics for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Board, the Hubrecht Institute for Developmental Biology and Stem Cell research, Utrecht the Netherlands
  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Board, the Brenner institute, Johannesburg, ZA

Editorial board member of the Journal of Medical Genetics, Clinical Genetics, Molecular Syndromology, and previously of Clinical Dysmorphology.

Invited lectures 2011
  • Swedish Medical Association meeting, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 11th Danish Dysmorphology Meeting, Panum Institute, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Orphanet Rare diseases meeting Schneider Hospital, Tel Aviv Israel
  • Departmental seminar Hadassah Hospital Jerusalem
  • Departmental Seminar, Afulah hospital, Israel
  • German Society of human genetics Regensburg, Germany
  • Genomic Disorders Hinxton, UK
  • Inherited Metabolic diseases, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Dutch Society of Pathologists, Zeist, Netherlands
  • I3S retreat, Povoa de Varzim, Portugal
  • European School of medical Genetics, Bologna
  • European Society of Human Genetics
  • Mouse Genetics, Washington USA
  • Advanced course: Mental Retardation, Braga Portugal
  • Syndrome Diagnostics meeting, Oslo Norway
  • German Romanian Course in Medical Genetics, Galati Romania
  • Lithuanian society of Human Genetics Annual Meeting, Vilnius
  • European Biotechnology Congress, Istanbul, Turkey

Honours:
  • 1994 prize of the the Dutch Organisation for Research of Neuromuscular diseases, for research of myotonic dystrophy
  • 1995 Ben ter Haar prize of the Clinical Genetics Society of the Netherlands for research in the field of clinical genetics
  • 2009 Frank Greenberg memorial lectureship Baylor college of medicine, Houston USA
  • 2011 Radboud Science Award (with dr Joris Veltman), Radboud University Medical Center Nijmegen
  • 2012 Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh Endowed Lecture, Edinburgh UK

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