prof. dr. J.H. (Joke) de Boer Full Professor
- Department of Ophthalmology
Prof.dr. Joke de Boer is an ophthalmologist and acknowledged expert in inflammatory eye diseases with a special interest in noninfectious and infectious uveitis in adults and children. Noninfectious uveitis is a vision-threatening chronic, progressive inflammation of the interior eye. Current treatment strategies with immunosuppressive medications may fail to prevent the decline in visual function. Her research focusses on the underlying pathogenesis of noninfectious uveitis and development of new treatment strategies for this blinding disease in collaboration with the Laboratory of Translational Immunology. To this end, she uses the ‘Systems Medicine’ approach that combines in-depth phenotyping of the peripheral immune-compartment of patients and computational modeling of the derived high-throughput data to reveal the true perpetrating epigenetic mechanisms that drive noninfectious uveitis. The nature of this approach makes it very well suited for identifying novel biomarkers to improve treatment and disease outcome in patients with noninfectious uveitis in the near future. Other research topics are aqueous humor analysis in infectious uveitis in collaboration with the virology section of the department of medical microbiology . Joke de Boer is member of the International Uveitis Study Group, the national guideline committee for uveitis and the European guideline committee for uveitis associated with juvenile idiopathic arthritis.
Member of the International Uveitis Study Group
Member of tehe European paediatric ophthalmology society
Member of the Dutch Ophthalmology society
Member of the Dutch uveitis study group
Member of the Multinational Interdisciplinary working group of uveitis in children
Member of the Dutch "kennis agenda"of ophthalology
Member of James Lind aliance of Juvenile idiopathic artritis
Chair of addendum biologicals of the Dutch guideline of uveitis
Chair Quality committee Dutch Ophthalmology society
Board member of uveitis guideline committee Dutch Ophthalmology society
Member of the Fluorescein Angiography Netherlands club.
Member of the Dutch pediatric ophthalmology study group
Member of the European guideline committee for uveitis associated with juvenile idiopathic arthritis
Fellowship and Awards
1994 AER Montpellier, best paper award for “Low mature TGF-â2 in aqueous humour during uveitis”.
2011 ODAS price for paediatric ophthalmology
2011 The Clinical Uveitis Research Award from the European Uveitis Patient Interest Association