Eric Sijbrands is professor of internal medicine at the Erasmus
MC in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He is head of the division of
pharmacology, vascular and metabolic diseases and head of the Erasmus
cardiovascular genetics department.
After obtaining his qualification as medical doctor in 1990, he
was given the opportunity to receive his training in internal medicine
and to work in scientific research at the universities of Leiden
He participated in setting up and implementing the molecular diagnostics
for familial hypercholesterolemia and tested the clinical value
of this first large scale population-based genetic diagnostic screening
program. He made a Ph.D. thesis on gene-gene and gene-environment
interaction in patients with genetic hyperlipidemia.
In his current role, coaching of young talent is a major part of
his scientific assignment. He directly supervises a research group
of 20 people. His research group works in the field of genetic epidemiology
of cardiovascular disease, cardiomyopathies, endothelomics, hyperlipidemia,
hypertension, and diabetes mellitus (see www.LinkScience.org).