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Dr. Cohen Tervaert Earns Lifetime Contribution to Autoimmunity Award



Dr. Jan Willem Cohen Tervaert, MD, PhD has earned a well deserved award for his Lifetime Contribution to Autoimmunity. This award is presented as recognition to individuals who have contributed in a significant way to the field of autoimmunity.


Dr. Tervaert has specialized in Internal Medicine, Nephrology, Clinical Immunology, and Rheumatology. In 1990, he obtained a PhD (cum laude). The title of his dissertation was: Antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (ANCA): a new class of autoantibodies in vasculitis and glomerulonephritis. Subsequently, he worked as a visiting researcher at Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA, as a fellow of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences in the University Medical Center Groningen, as a professor of Internal Medicine and Immunology and Chair of the Division of Clinical and Experimental in Maastricht University Medical Center, as the Research Director in the Sint Franciscus Hospital, Rotterdam and as a Professor of Medicine, in the University of Alberta in Edmonton (Canada), where he was from 2017 – 2023 the Director of the Division of Rheumatology.

Working during his PhD thesis together with Dr.Goldschmeding, the group discovered in 1987 MPO-ANCA and PR3-ANCA. Since then his research focuses on vasculitis and other autoimmune diseases such as systemic sclerosis and foreign body induced rheumatic diseases such as ASIA (Shoenfeld’s syndrome).



He is a founding member of the International Autoimmunity Consortium and of the North American Vascular Biology Organization. From 2002-2006, he was a member of the WHO committee assessing autoimmunity associated with exposure to chemicals and since 2020 he is a member of the expertise panel on medical devices of the European Union.


He has been a board member of the Dutch Federation of Nephrology and the Dutch Society of Immunology. Furthermore, has been a member of the scientific advisory board of the Dutch Minister of Health on health care coverage, the scientific advisory board of the Dutch Kidney Foundation and Chairman of the scientific advisory board of the Dutch Arthritis Foundation.

He is (co)author of more than 580 scientific articles. His work is cited more than 38,000 times and his Hirsch factor per 01-10-2023 is 102.


Congratulations Jan Willem Cohen Tervaert, MD, PhD!!!

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