Prof. PhD M. de Visser

Full Professor
Main activities
Patient care, Other
Neurology and in particular Neuromuscular Disorders
Focus of research

Neuromuscular disorders: motor neuron disease, hereditary neuropathies, inflammatory myopathies

Key publications
  • van der Graaff Maaike M., Sage Caroline A., Caan Matthan W. A., Akkerman Erik M., Lavini Cristina, Majoie Charles B., Nederveen Aart J., Zwinderman Aeilko H., Vos Frans, Brugman Frans, van den Berg Leonard H., de Rijk Maarten C., van Doorn Pieter A., van Hecke Wim, Peeters Ronald R., Robberecht Wim, Sunaert Stefan, de Visser Marianne Upper and extra-motoneuron involvement in early motoneuron disease: a diffusion tensor imaging study Brain 2011;134 (Part 4):1211-1228 [PubMed]
  • Kuijper Barbara, Tans Jos Th J., Beelen Anita, Nollet Frans, de Visser Marianne Cervical collar or physiotherapy versus wait and see policy for recent onset cervical radiculopathy: randomised trial BMJ (Clinical research ed.) 2009;339:b3883 [PubMed]
  • Verhamme Camiel, van Schaik Ivo N., Koelman Johannes H. T. M., de Haan Rob J., de Visser Marianne The natural history of Charcot-Marie-Tooth type 1A in adults: a 5-year follow-up study Brain 2009;132 (Part 12):3252-3262 [PubMed]
  • Bienfait H. M. E., Baas F., Koelman J. H. T. M., de Haan R. J., van Engelen B. G. M., Gabreels-Festen A. A. W. M., Ongerboer de Visser B. W., Meggouh F., Weterman M. A. J., de Jonghe P., Timmerman V., de Visser M. Phenotype of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease Type 2 Neurology 2007;68 (20):1658-1667 [PubMed]
  • ten Dam Leroy, van der Kooi Anneke J., van Wattingen Menno, de Haan Rob J., de Visser Marianne Reliability and accuracy of skeletal muscle imaging in limb-girdle muscular dystrophies Neurology 2012;79 (16):1716-1723 [PubMed]
All Publications
Curriculum Vitae

Business address: Academic Medical Centre, University of Amsterdam, dept. of Neurology,
Meibergdreef 9, 1105 AZ Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Telephone: +31-20-5663445
Date of birth: 17 April 1950

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.

Academic Position:
Neurologist, Professor of Neuromuscular Diseases since 1993, Academic Medical Centre (AMC), University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Other appointments:

  • Chair of the Division Outpatient Clinics in the AMC (since 1 November 2011)
  • Member of the Scientific Council for Government Policy (since 1 September 2013)
  • Chair of the Neurodivision of the AMC (depts. of Neurology, Neurosurgery, ENT, Dermatology, and Ophthalmology
    - March 2004-November 2011)
  • Member of the Governing Board of the Netherlands Scientific Research Organisation (NWO)(effective 1 February 2010)
  • Vice-president of the Health Council of The Netherlands (1 September 2002 to 1 February 2010).
  • Chair of the board of the Educational Institute of Medicine of the Academic Medical Centre-University of Amsterdam (1997–2002).
Professional organizations:

  • European Foundation of Neurological Societies (Vice-President October 2009 to present)
  • World Federation of Neurology (Management Committee, Elected Trustee, 2002-2009)
  • Netherlands Society of Neurology (1989-1995 member of the board, 1975-1997 president) 
Member of the:

  • Dutch Forum for Biotechnology and Genetics (chair, effective 1 November 2011)
  • World Federation of Neurology (Trustee to the Management Committee, Elected Trustee, 2002-2008)
  • European Federation of Neurological Societies (Vice-President, effective October 2009)
  • Member of the: 
  • − Governing Board of The Netherlands Organisation for Health research and development (2000-2009)
    − Netherlands Society of Neurology (1989-1995 member of the board, 1975-1997 president)
    − American Academy of Neurology (corresponding member)
    − European Neurological Society
    − Dutch Neurosurgical Study Group (President 2005-2008)
    − Belgian-Dutch Neuromuscular Study Group
    − World Muscle Society (Executive Board 1996-2007)
    − Peripheral Nerve Society
    − Amsterdamsche Neurologen Vereeniging (President 1993-1995)
    − Research Committee European Neuromuscular Centre (2000-2004)
  • Chair of the Medical Research Council and Member of the Board of the Prinses Beatrix Fonds (Funding organisation) from 1993 to 2005
Over 200 publications in peer-reviewed international medical journals, mainly in the field of neuromuscular diseases (muscle dystrophies, post polio syndrome, hereditary neuropathies, motor neuron disese), and about 30(contributions to) medical books.

Editorial experience:
Editorial board of Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery, Neuromuscular Disorders, Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde (until 2003)

Reviewer for manuscripts from various journals (Annals of Neurology, Archives of Neurology, Brain, Clinical Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, European Journal of Neurology, Human Mutation, Journal of Neurology, Lancet Neurology, Muscle & Nerve, Nature Reviews, Neurology, Neuromuscular Disorders) and reviewer of grants for funding organisations (Italian Telethon, Association Française contre les Myopathies, British Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, Medical Research Council, German Federal Ministry for Education and Research, E-Rare).
Research programmes

Prof. PhD M. de Visser (Promoties)

Prof. PhD I.N. van Schaik (Neuroinfection & inflammation)

Prof. MD PhD D. van de Beek (Neuroinfection and Inflammation)

(Medewerkers buiten research programmes van afdeling Neurologie)

Current research funding