Jan Verschuuren is working as a clinical neurologist at the Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC) since 1995. He always has had a strong interest in neuromuscular diseases, especially myasthenia gravis, and Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy. Currently he is head of the clinical neuromuscular section, as well as head of the department of Neurology, at the Leiden University Medical Center.
He was trained as a neurologist at the Maastricht University Medical Centre, and completed his PhD thesis on experimental autoimmune myasthenia gravis. He worked as post-doc in the Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center New York in 1994-1995.He is registered as immunologist at the Dutch Foundation for Biomedical Scientific Research (SMBWO), and always had a strong interest in basic neurosciences and immunology. He was chair of the Dutch Neuromuscular Research Center form 2010-2015, and chair of the TREAT-NMD Global Database Oversight Committee (TGDOC) (2012-2014).
The neuromuscular center at the LUMC is recognized as a national expert center by the Dutch Federation of Universities (NFU) and Ministry of Welfare, Health and Sports, and welcomes adult and pediatric patients with the full range of neuromuscular diseases. Research has been concentrated around diseases of the neuromuscular synapse or muscle. The research focus is on myasthenia gravis, Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome, inclusion body myositis, Duchenne or Becker muscular dystrophy, and facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy. The center has been involved in clinical trials for myasthenia gravis, Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome, inclusion body myositis or Duchenne muscular dystrophy.