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120 - Sibrand Poppema next President of the Board of the University of Groningen

20 November 2007
Prof. S. Poppema will succeed Dr S.K. Kuipers as President of the Board of the University of Groningen (RUG) next year. This is the decision of the Supervisory Board of the RUG. Poppema has been appointed for the period from 1 September 2008 until 1 August 2014. 

Given his exceptional record in the fields of administration, research and teaching, the Supervisory Board is delighted with the appointment. The University Council, the College of Deans and the current Board of the University were all consulted about the appointment and gave positive advice, including approval of the six-year period. Poppema can thus count on wide support within the RUG.

Poppema is currently vice-chair of the Board of Directors of the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG). He has also been Dean of the Faculty of Medical Sciences of the University of Groningen since 1999. Poppema worked at the University of Alberta, Canada from 1987-1995. Academic experience, gained abroad, was one of the aspects that the Supervisory Board considered very important when looking for candidates for the position.

With an eye to the interests of the RUG, Poppema has indicated that he is prepared to accept a salary in line with the EUR 176,000 a year (as of 1-9-2008 and excluding pension premiums and employer’s charges) regarded by Minister Plasterk as the appropriate standard.
Sibrand Poppema
Sibrand Poppema

Curriculum Vitae


Sibrand Poppema (Emmen, 1949) studied Medicine in Groningen and continued there to study Pathology. In 1979 he gained his PhD from the RUG with a thesis entitled ‘Immunopathology of Hodgkin’s Disease’. He then conducted research at the Christian Albrechts Universität (Kiel, Germany) and at Massachusetts General Hospital, part of Harvard Medical School (Boston, USA).
Between 1979 and 1987 he worked at the RUG as a pathologist, and from 1985 he was Professor (endowed chair) in Immunopathology, thanks to the Jan Kornelis de Cock Foundation. From 1987 until 1995 he worked at the University of Alberta (Canada) as professor and at the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton as Director of Laboratory Medicine. In 1995, Poppema returned to Groningen, where he became professor of General and Surgical Pathology. Poppema’s scientific research concentrates mainly on Hodgkin's Disease, a form of blood cell cancer, and on ways to induce tolerance after transplants. He has a number of pioneering discoveries to his name in this field.

Poppema has been awarded honorary professorships by Peking Union Medical College, Peking University and Tianjin Medical University. In 2007 he was made a Knight in the Order of the Dutch Lion.
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