Marianne has been the leader of the neuromuscular group at the Academic Medical Centre in Amsterdam in the Netherlands for more than 20 years. During this time her group has contributed to research on muscular dystrophies, myositis, motor neuron diseases and hereditary neuropathies.
She and others have initiated and implemented the core curriculum on neuromuscular disorders for neurologists in The Netherlands.
Education: Medical Faculty: University of Amsterdam. Graduated in 1975. Training in Neurology (Academic Hospital of the University of Amsterdam) 1976-1980 PhD Thesis 1981: Becker muscular dystrophy: a neurological, cardiological and computed tomographic study. Visiting scientist at Dr Andrew Engel’s lab, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA (1988, 1989) focusing on ultrastructural studies in dermatomyositis.
Academic Position: Neurologist, Emeritus Professor of Neuromuscular Diseases, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Member of the Governing Board of the European Academy of Neurology (Secretary-General, June 2018 – June 2020, Treasurer from June 2014-June 2018)
Publications: Over 400 publications in peer-reviewed international medical journals, mainly in the field of neuromuscular diseases (muscular dystrophies, postpolio syndrome, hereditary neuropathies, myositis, motor neuron disease), About 35 (contributions to) medical books, (co)editor 2 books.
Editorial experience: Editorial board of Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery, Neuromuscular Disorders, J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. Associate editor Neurological Sciences.
Reviewer for manuscripts from various journals and reviewer of grants for funding organisations.