Prof.dr. D.M.F.M. van der Heijde

Professor of Rheumatology

Area(s) of interest

  • outcomes assessment in clinical studies
  • radiographic scoring methods in rheumatoid arthritis (RA), psoriatic arthritis (PsA) and ankylosing spondylitis (AS)
  • scoring of MRI in AS
  • trials with anti-cytokine therapy in RA, PsA and AS

Introduction

Désirée van der Heijde obtained her medical degree at the Catholic University in Nijmegen the Netherlands in 1986. Her PhD thesis in 1991 was entitled ‘Disease activity and outcome in rheumatoid arthritis. A methodological study’ describing among others the development and validation of the Disease Activity Score (DAS) and the modified Sharp score. She is a board certified rheumatologist since 1993.

After working in Sweden in 1993, she worked from 1994 to 2007 at the department of rheumatology at the University Hospital Maastricht, the Netherlands. From 2007 onwards she is Professor of Rheumatology at the Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden, in The Netherlands and is also affiliated to the Diakonhjemmet Hospital in Oslo, Norway. Her major research interest is outcomes assessment, especially its methodological aspects and application in clinical studies. Specific areas of interest are radiographic scoring methods in rheumatoid arthritis (RA), psoriatic arthritis (PsA) and ankylosing spondylitis (AS), as well as scoring of MRI in AS. She is involved in many of the trials with anti-cytokine therapy in RA, PsA and AS.  

Professor van der Heijde has published over 280 papers in the international literature, as well as chapters in leading rheumatology textbooks. She currently chairs the Assessment in SpondyloArthritis international Society (ASAS), and is a member of the EULAR Standing Committee for Clinical Epidemiology and the EULAR scientific committee. She is a regular reviewer for all the major rheumatology journals and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology and Nature clinical practice, as well as the advisory board of the Annals of Rheumatic Diseases.


Contact

Leiden University Medical Center
Building 1
Room C1-42

Albinusdreef 2
2333 ZA Leiden
Tel: (071 526)3598

Postalzone C1-R
P.O. Box 9600
2300 RC Leiden
The Netherlands