Prof. dr. Han Brunner

Prof. Han Brunner, MD

Head Clinical Genetics, professor in antropogenetics

Focus areas

rare syndromes, mental retardation, cardiogenetics, molecular genetics, farmacogenetics, PGD


Prof. H.G. Brunner, MD
Maastricht UMC+
Clinical Genetics
PO Box 5800
6202 AZ Maastricht
T: (+31) (0)43 3871349

T: (+31) (0)24 3614017

Curriculum vitae

Prof. Han Brunner, MD studied medicine at the University of Groningen and specialized in clinical genetics in Nijmegen. After his PhD thesis in 1993 ('Genetic Studies in Myotonic Dystrophy') he has initiated and conducted several research projects that use clinical genetic observations as the starting point for human molecular genetic investigations into such topics as human behaviour, skeletal development, brain development, neuromuscular disease, congenital malformations and gonadal development and function.

In 1998 he was appointed full professor and head of the department of Human Genetics at Nijmegen University Hospital. From 2004-2008 he also served as chancellor for Human Genetics, Pediatrics and Medical Psychology at Nijmegen University Hospital. Han Brunner has served on numerous evaluation committees and scientific advisory boards including Italian Telethon (2006-2013), the scientific program committee of the European Society of Human Genetics (chairman 2003-2010) and the International Congress of Human Genetics (2006 and 2011), the Dutch Foundation for Medical research NWO career grant committee (chairman 2006-2008), the 2011 and 2017 review of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Cologne Center for Genomics (2008-present).

He is an organizer of the European School of Medical Genetics general course in Bertinoro (Italy). He received the King Faisal International Prize in Medicine, the Carter medal of the Clinical Genetics Society of the UK, and he was awarded an honorary membership and the medal of Honour of the German Society of Human Genetics. In 2012 Han Brunner was elected member of the Academia Europea and in 2013 of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Since 2014 he is also head of the department Clinical Genetics of MUMC+.