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About us

Governing board

Preparing for Life is a (non-profit) foundation. For practical reasons the board consists of nine Dutch members representing each group of constituents and two international members. The board has a two years mandate.

  • Dr. Symone Detmar (co-chair), Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), Leiden & Rotary, Leiden, The Netherlands
  • Dr. Cor Oosterwijk (co-chair), European Genetic Alliances’ Network, EGAN, Brussels, Belgium & VSOP, Soest, The Netherlands
  • Dr. Madelon Meijer-Hoogeveen (secretary general), VSOP, Soest & University Medical Center Utrecht (UMCU), The Netherlands
  • Ysbrand Poortman (advisor), Rotary Baarn/Soest, International Genetic Alliance (IGA), The Netherlands
  • Dr. Martina Ens, University of Leiden Medical Centre (LUMC), Leiden, Zonta, Leiden, The Netherlands
  • Prof. dr. Jean-Jacques Cassiman, Department of Human Genetics Catholic University of Louvain, Louvain, Belgium
  • Prof. dr. Hugo Heymans, Academic Medical Center (AMC) Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Prof. dr. Irmgard Nippert, Women’s Health, Westfahlen University, Germany & WAO, Muenster, Germany
  • Prof. dr. Jacques Scheres, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, Rotary, Maastricht, The Netherlands
  • Prof. dr. Marianne de Visser, Dep. of Neurology, Academic Medical Center (AMC), Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Prof. dr. G.H.A. Visser, chair FIGO Committee Safe Motherhood and Newborn Health

Executive committee

Currently the members of the executive committee are:

  • Dr. Symone Detmar, Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), Leiden & Rotary, Leiden, The Netherlands
  • Dr. Cor Oosterwijk, European Genetic Alliances’ Network, EGAN, Brussels, Belgium & VSOP, Soest, The Netherlands
  • Dr. Madelon Meijer-Hoogeveen, VSOP, Soest & University Medical Center Utrecht (UMCU), The Netherlands
  • Dr. Matty Crone, University of Leiden Medical Centre, Leiden & Rotary, Leiden, The Netherlands
  • Prof. dr. Hugo Heymans, Universitair Medisch Centrum Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Jan Lucas Ket, Rotarian Action Group for healthy Pregnancies, Healthy Children
  • Dr. Martina Ens, University of Leiden Medical Centre (LUMC), Leiden, Zonta, Leiden, The Netherlands
  • Prof. dr. Martijn Breuning, University of Leiden Medical Centre, Leiden, The Netherlands

International scientific expert consortium

The expert consortium is an international scientific advisory committee. The  members are appointed for three years by the board. The consortium follows bylaws and can give a binding advice to the board. Currently, the consortium is composed of:

  • Prof.dr. Arnold Christianson (chair)* Wits Centre for Ethics (WCE), University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, Sout Africa
  • Prof. Irmgard Nippert (co-chair)*, Women’s Health, Westfahlen University, Muenster, Germany & WAO, Germany
  • Dr. Hani Atrash, Div. Healthy Start and Perinatal Services, Maternal and Child Healtu Burea, US Dep. of Health and Human Services, Washington DC, United States.
  • Prof. Margot van de Bor, Health and Life Sciences, Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences, VU University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Coleen Boyle*, PhD Centres of Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, United Sates
  • Prof. Ann-Mari Brubakk, Dept. of Laboratory Medicine, Children's and Women's Health, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway
  • Martha Carvalho, Brazilian Genetic Alliance of parent/patient organisations, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Prof. Martina Cornel*, Free University, Dep. of Community Genetics and Public Health Genomics, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Chris Howson*, PhD, March of Dimes, Global Programs, New York, United States
  • Prof. Leo ten Kate,International Multidisciplinary Community Genetics Network, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Alastair Kent*,International Genetic Alliance of parent and patient organisations IGA, London, United Kingdom
  • Prof. Ulf Kristoffersson,University and Regional Laboratories and Lund University, Department of Clinical Genetics & Rotary, Lund, Sweden
  • Prof. Pierpaolo Mastroiacovo*,International Clearinghouse for Birth Defects Surveillance and Research , Rome, Italy
  • Prof. Carmencita Padilla, University of the Philippines, Dep. of Pediatrics, Manila, Philippines
  • Prof. Victor Penchaszadeh, Universidad Nacional de La Matanza, Department of Health Sciences, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Anna Rajab, PhD, Genetic Centre /Ministry of Health, Muscat, Oman
  • Prof. Jacques Scheres,  European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control / Rotary, Maastricht, The Netherlands
  • Prof. Jai Rup Singh,Central  University of Punjab, Department of Human Genetics, Mohali, India
  • Prof. Eric Steegers,Erasmus University, Dep. of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Prof. Regine Steegers-Theunisse,Erasmus University, Dep. of Perinatal epidemiology, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Prof. Rumen Stefanov,Medical University of Plovdiv, Dep. of Social Medicine and Public Health, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
  • Prof. Pauline Verloove*,Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) & Rotary, Leiden, The Netherlands
  • Prof. Ishwar Verma,Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Center of Medical Genetics, New Dehli, India
  • Prof. Peter Weber,DSM, Nutritional Products, Basel / Augst, Switzerland
  • Prof.dr. Khalid Yunis, American University of Beirut, Dep.of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Div. of Nenonatology, Dir.Nat. Collaborative Perinatal Neonatal Network, Beirut, Lebanon
  • Prof. Nanbert Zhong,Beijing University,  Department of Medical Genetics, Peking University Health Science Center, Beijing, China
  • Prof.dr. Tessa Roseboom, Early Dev, and Health, Dep. of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Dep.of Clin. Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, AMC, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Dr. Lieke de Jong, General Practise, Advisor Healthy Pregnancy for all, Zoetermeer, The Netherlands
  • Prof. dr. Nine Knoers, Dep.Med.Genetics, Dutch Society Clinical Genetics, Universaty Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Elsbeth van Vliet MD, Dutch Genetic Alliance, College of Perinatal Care (RIVM), Centre for Hereditary Information, Amersfoort, The Netherlands
  • Prof.dr.Inez de Beaufort, Dep. Health Ethics, Academic Medical Centre, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Prof.dr. Guido de Wert, Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Department of Health, Ethics & Society, Maastricht, The Netherlands
  • Dr. Lidewij Henneman, Dep.Clinical Genetics, section Comm. Genetics, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 

* executive member of the consortium