Elke de Jong appointed Professor of Inflammatory Skin Diseases

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Elke de Jong was appointed Professor of Skin Inflammatory Diseases at the Radboud University/the Radboud university medical center on 1 February 2016.

From 1994 until 2014 Professor De Jong was head of the out-patient Department of Dermatology associated with the Radboud university medical centre. Since 1994 she also has been working at the Radboud School of Medicine. Her research focuses on psoriasis, an inflammatory disease of the skin.

De Jong (Gilze-Rijen, 1963) studied Medicine at the Radboud University and received her medical degree in 1989. In 1994 she was registered as a dermatologist. A year earlier she obtained her PhD on research on dynamics of epidermal growth and inflammation in psoriasis.

The Dermatology Department of the Radboud University medical center is the only Dutch “Center of expertise” for Psoriasis. Psoriasis is an immune mediated inflammatory disease, which affects half a million people in our country. Severe psoriasis has a major impact on quality of life.

Within five years De Jong hopes to have identified specific biomarkers to provide the most appropriate treatment for the individual patient.

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