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Rinse Weersma appointed professor in Gastroenterology and Hepatology

17 September 2013

On June 1, 2013, dr. R.K. Weersma was appointed professor in Gastroenterology and Hepatology, particularly the complex immune-mediated gastrointestinal and hepatologic diseases, at the University Medical Center Groningen.

Rinse Weersma (Delfzijl, 1972) studied Medicine at the University of Groningen. He subsequently specialized in Gastroenterology and Hepatology in the Medisch Spectrum Twente Hospital and the UMCG. The research focus of Weersma is on the genetics of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, and primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC). In 2007 he defended his thesis entitled “Genetic susceptibility for inflammatory bowel disease”. Weersma is responsible for the Dutch collaborative efforts in studying IBD and PSC, and is member of various international research consortia. He has received international recognition for his research achievements, for example by the United European Gastroenterology Foundation that awarded him the Rising Star Award in 2011.  

Professor Weersma aims to further study the genetic background of IBD and PSC and the functional consequences of the identified genetic variations, with the ultimate aim to contribute to healthy ageing for this group of largely young and chronically ill patients.

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