Leonard H. van den Berg is a professor of neurology who holds a chair in experimental neurology of motor neuron diseases at the University Medical Center Utrecht in the Netherlands. He also is director of the center’s Laboratory for Neuromuscular Disease, director of the Netherlands ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) Center, chairman of the Neuromuscular Centre the Netherlands, and chairman of the European Network to Cure ALS (ENCALS), a network of the European ALS Centres.
After receiving his medical degree from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, Dr. van den Berg completed a fellowship in neuroimmunology (dr. Norman Latov) at the Neurological Institute at Columbia University in New York.
He then completed his PhD degree at the University Medical Center Utrecht in a program that combined a residency in neurology with scientific research. As a practicing neurologist specializing in neuromuscular diseases and neuroimmunology, Prof. van den Berg’s research pursuits lie in immune-mediated or degenerative diseases of motor neurons. A major emphasis of his research has been in ALS and other motor neuron disorders, and he has been a principle investigator on numerous drug trials concerning treatment options for the disease.