Prof. dr. Marjolein Drent

Marjolein Drent 2 foto Maria Heijdendael Website vierkant

Prof. Marjolein Drent (1955) studied physical therapy at the Arnhem Academy of Physical Therapy, the Netherlands (NL); she graduated in 1979. She finished her medical study in 1988 at the Catholic University of Nijmegen, NL. In 1988 she started her training in Internal Medicine at the Rijnstate Hospital (Arnhem, NL). In 1993 she completed her PhD thesis entitled: ‘Diagnostic value of bronchoalveolar lavage in interstitial lung diseases.’ After she finished her training as a pulmonologist in 1994 at the St. Antonius Hospital (Nieuwegein, NL) she was appointed from 1994 to 2012 at the Department of Respiratory Medicine of the Maastricht University Medical Centre (MUMC), NL. From 2012-2015 she was a pulmonologist at Hospital Gelderse Vallei, Ede, NL. From 2015 till July 2022, she was a pulmonologist and member of the ILD Center of Excellence, St. Antonius Hospital, Nieuwegein, NL. Since then (after retirement) she is a guest senior researcher in the same hospital. From 2005 till July 2022, she was a professor of interstitial lung diseases (ILD) at the Department of Pharmacology, Medicine and Toxicology of the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences (FHML) of the Maastricht University, NL. Since July 2022 she is professor emeritus of ILD at the FHML of the Maastricht University, NL. Her oration was entitled: ‘Breathtaking inspirations…’
From 1999 till now she was tutor and supervisor of 15 promovendi preparing a PhD thesis, 5 as co-promotor and 10 as promotor (see also:
She is president emeritus of WASOG (World Association of Sarcoidosis and other Granulomatous diseases). She is chief-editor of Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine and associate editor of Sarcoidosis Vasculitis and Diffuse Lung Diseases. Furthermore, she is a co-editor and guest editor of several sarcoidosis issues of international journals. She is a reviewer of many international journals. She has (co-) authored over 450 papers and book chapters. Furthermore, she is concerned with several educational assignments, organizer of postgraduate courses and congresses, guideline development, as well as clinical trials. She is the co-editor of several ILD related e-learning modules for pulmonologists as well as ILD nurses. Her scientific interest focusses on sarcoidosis, fibrotic lung diseases, drug-induced ILD, quality of life, fatigue and work-related issues. She is a member of the Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research (FSR) Scientific Advisory Board. She is the founder and chair of the ild care (interstitial lung diseases including sarcoidosis and lung diseases related to occupation and environment management and research) foundation. She is a honorary member of (Dutch Sarcoidosis Patient Society) and co-founder and a member of the advisory board of the Dutch Pulmonary Fibrosis Society. In 2012 she was nominated for the ‘World Sarcoidosis Person of the Year Award’ for her tireless research work in defining the psychological burden faced by patients and their families. Dublin, Ireland. She is ambassador for Compassion for Care and the youth smoking prevention foundation. She was appointed as an Officer in the Order of Orange Nassau by Royal Decree. This royal honor was awarded on 13-10-2016 by the deputy mayor of Ede, NL.



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