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Jacob M. van Laar is Professor at the Department of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology at UMC Utrecht, the Netherlands. After obtaining his MD and PhD degrees at Leiden University, he specialised in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology in Leiden University Medical Center and worked at the Department of Rheumatology as clinical academic in various roles from 1997-2007, interrupted by a postdoctoral research fellowship at the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases in Bethesda, USA. From 2007 until 2013 he held a Chair in Clinical Rheumatology at Newcastle University, and post as honorary consultant rheumatologist at The James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough, UK. He has been working as Professor of Rheumatology at UMC Utrecht since 1 November 2013. His main research interests involve clinical and pathogenetic aspects of systemic sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis, aimed at improving the outcome of patients with rheumatic diseases by innovative clinical-translational research.

Side activities

Founding Member Stichting ARCH

Member Scientific Advisory Board Edith Busch Stiftung

Member of EUSTAR (EULAR Scleroderma Trials and Research)

Ad hoc basis: expert advice Central Board of Appeal, Medical Ethics Committee Noord Brabant, liability disputes; consultancies pharmaceutical companies (; postgraduate teaching (including Artrose Instituut Nederland); patient consultations (Reumazorg Zuid-West Nederland).



Fellowship & awards

Marie Parijs award for pioneering work in the field of clinical stem cell research in rheumatic autoimmune diseases (2002, Leiden University Medical Center)

ZonMW Clinical Fellow (2007)

Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh (2009)

NVLE Award (2015) 

External positions

200731 Oct 2013


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