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Eelco de Koning

Eelco de Koning (1963) received his medical doctorate at the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands, in 1991. Subsequently, he moved to England and started research into islet biology and pathology at the Diabetes Research Laboratories in Oxford under supervison of Anne Clark and Robert Turner. He obtained a MRC Training Fellowship to finish these studies which resulted in a PhD thesis in 1994. In the same year he started his training in Internal Medicine followed by a fellowship in Endocrinology at the University Medical Center Utrecht (UMCU). He was board certified in endocrinology in 2001. He joined the research group of Ton Rabelink at the UMCU focusing on complications in diabetes mellitus. In 2004 this group moved to the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC). In addition, in 2004 a Career Development Grant awarded by the Dutch Diabetes Research Foundation and a fellowship from the Joslin Diabetes Center (Harvard Medical School) in Boston laid the foundations of his current clinical and research activities. From 2004-2005 he joined the groups of Susan Bonner-Weir and Gordon Weir at the Department of Islet Transplantation and Cell Biology (Joslin Diabetes Center). In their groups he participated in the clinical human islet isolation and transplantation program and in islet progenitor cell research. In 2006 he returned to the LUMC to establish a laboratory for human islet isolation under GMP conditions and to direct the clinical islet transplantation program in the Netherlands. This program is operational since 2007. In 2010 he also joined the Hubrecht Institute focusing on islet progenitor cell research. Using a bench-to-bedside approach he has initiated and heads multicenter research programs on improvement of islet transplantation and use of islet progenitor cells for beta-cell therapy. He was appointed professor of diabetology at the University of Leiden in 2011.

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Eelco de Koning, MD,PhD

Professor of Diabetology

Hubrecht Institute
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