The Netherlands (1946). Medical doctor and Biologist. Studies and PhD at Radboud University Nijmegen; longstanding work in pre- and postnatal clinical-genetic diagnosis ( University Hospitals Nijmegen, Maastricht, Utrecht). Discovered two inherited chromosomal diseases with hypersensitivity to irradiation and radiomimetica, immune deficiency, repeated infections, and fatal cancer at young age. For over 10 years he was the Medical Director of the Health Council in the Province of Limbourg. Subsequently he was the Euregional Coordinator to the Board of Directors of the University Hospital Maastricht. He was leader of several EU-funded projects in the field of cross-border healthcare in border areas ( Euregions), including projects on nosocomial infections and antibiotic resistance; guest professor for Public Health Genomics, National Institute of Hygiene, Warsaw, Poland; former guest professor public health Department International Health, University Maastricht; advisor to the department Medical Microbiology, University of Groningen. From 2004-2016 representative of the European Parliament in the Management Board of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control ECDC in Stockholm (Vice-Chair and Acting Chair 2008-2012). Advisor to the Polish Public Health Society. Member of P.H.A.G.E. ( Phages for Human Applications Group Europe).
President oft he Subcommittee European Affairs of the European Association of Hospital Managers EAHM; Honorary Member of EAHM since 2014. Supervisor of the Gouvernor Kremers Centre at the University of Maastricht (knowledge centre fort he fundamental and applied studies on intellectual disabilities).