Prof. Kleefstra recruited to new hospital
After almost 25 years of being affiliated with Radboud Medical Center, Professor Tjitske Kleefstra has been recruited to a new position at the largest hospital in The Netherlands. In March, she moved to Rotterdam to become head of the Department of Genetics at Erasmus Medical Center.
“This is a very ambitious and international oriented hospital with great doctors and researchers,” said Prof. Kleefstra. “It harbors the Sophia Children’s Hospital with many specialized pediatricians. Our department is positioned within the Sophia meaning I am closely in contact with other heads of pediatric departments. Therefore, I have more direct influence on the choices and possibilities in care and research of vulnerable children and their families.”
Prof. Kleefstra will use the knowledge and skills she developed over the years teaching, conducting research and providing patient care at Radboud Medical Center in her new leadership role at Erasmus.
“Now, with all my experience I have an umbrella function, overarching the various fields including diagnostic, clinical and research activities, and facilitating, guiding and connecting. So, from being fully active with feet in the content, I am now using my experience to lead the department with the other great team members. I hope to inspire younger people to develop themselves into modern doctors and researchers.”
Do not fear, Prof. Kleefstra says she will keep active on Kleefstra Syndrome and EHMT1-related clinical and research activities.