Dr. Janneke G.J. Hoeijmakers MD, PhD is a neuromyologist at the Maastricht University Medical Center+, Maastricht, the Netherlands. In 2014 she defended her PhD thesis ‘Small fiber neuropathy and sodium channels: a paradigm shift’ under co-supervision of prof. dr. C.G. Faber and prof. dr. I.S.J. Merkies in close collaboration with prof. dr. S.G. Waxman, Yale University, US and prof. dr. G. Lauria, Carlo Besta Instituto, Milan, Italy. The Annals of Neurology paper ‘Gain of function NaV1.7 mutations in idiopathic small fiber neuropathy’ was awarded with the Prinses Beatrix Spierfonds year prize and has been granted with the 2013 Annals of Neurology Prize ‘for a distinguished contribution to clinical neuroscience’. For the complete thesis she received the Amsterdamsche Neurologenvereeniging incentive award.
To date, she is supervising PhD students on projects about the diagnostics, etiology, pathophysiology and treatment of painful neuropathies. She is involved as co-supervisor in the H2020 Marie Sklodowksa-Curie Actions PAIN-Net project (Grant n°721841).
She is medical advisor of the Dutch patient organization for neuromuscular disorders (Spierziekten Nederland) for the focus group ‘Small fiber neuropathy’, board member of the Netherlands Neuromuscular Center and management member of the Euro-NMD Peripheral Nerve Diseases working group.