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Professor Wouter de Jonge is trained at University of Utrecht, Columbia University, and Oxford University, and received his Phd in 2001 (Medicine, University of Amsterdam). He chairs the gastro-intestinal research group (www.gut-research.com) since 2013. He is interested in gastrointestinal physiology, nutrition, and the function of neural networks within the gastrointestinal tract, in particular in relation to the mechanisms involved in functional bowel disorders (IBS), and chronic inflammation of the GI tract (IBD, EoE). His research has translational nature and involves basic as well as clinical studies. He focuses on the role of the neural system in influencing the immune response; of relevance in for instance stress related diseases such as IBS an IBD.
His group is funded via national Science Foundation grants (NWO-Vidi-STW), EU FP7 and Horizon2020 grants, Health-Holland, and multiple industrial grants. He is currently coordinating a Marie Curie training network (EpiMac; www.epimac.eu) aimed at epigenetic marks in inflammatory disease. He is working with the GSK Bioelectronics network consortium since 2014 and currently leading a large scale project on the development of Bioelectronic medicine for IBD.
He served on the board of the scientific committees a.o. national trust for Gastro Intestinal and Lever Diseases, Microbiome council at the AGA, and is founder of the spin off company Gut-research Services (http://gut-research-services.com) aimed to facilitate industry collaborations in the field of gastro intestinal diseases.
He is currently chair of NeuroGastroenterology at the AMC in Amsterdam, and also affiliated as a professor to the University of Bonn, Germany.