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Dr. Rudi G. J. WESTENDORP Head of the Department of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Leiden University Medical Center


1990-1993 Critical care physician, Department of General Internal Medicine, University Hospital Leiden
1994-1998 Research fellow, Department of Clinical Epidemiology Leiden University
1997-2004 Specialist in Internal Medicine, section of Gerontology and Geriatrics, University Hospital Leiden
1998 Research fellow, Biological Gerontology Group, University of Manchester, UK
since 2000 Full professor of Internal Medicine, in particular research into ageing
since 2005 Head of the department of Gerontology and Geriatrics, University Hospital Leiden


Member of the executive committee of the PROSPER study, 1999-present
Member of the Health Research Council Netherlands, 2000-present
Chairman of the section of Geriatrics, Dutch Society of Internal Medicine, 2004-present
Chairman of LifeSpan: an European network of Excellence linking research in development and Ageing, 2006-present


Schoenmaker M, de Craen AJM, de Meijer PHEM, Beekman M, Blauw GJ, Slagboom PE, Westendorp RGJ, Evidence of genetic enrichment for exceptional survival using a family approach: The Leiden Longevity Study. Eur J Human Genetics 2006; 14: 79-84
Westendorp RGJ. Are we becoming less disposable? EMBO reports. 2004; 5, 1: 2-6
Shepherd J, Blauw GJ, Murphy MB, Bollen ELEM, Buckley B, Cobbe SM, Ford I, Gaw A, Hyland M, Jukema JW, Kamper AM, MacFarlane PW, Meinders AE, Norrie J, Packard CJ, Perry IJ, Stott D, Sweeney BJ, Twomey C, Westendorp RGJ on behalf of the PROSPER study group. Pravastatin in elderly individuals at risk of vascular disease (PROSPER): randomised controlled trial. Lancet 2002;360:1623-30
Westendorp RGJ, Kirkwood TBJ. Human longevity at the cost of reproductive success. Nature 1998; 396:743-6.


IFCC-AVL award for significant advances in critical care testing, 1996
Siebold Medical Award, University Nagasaki, Japan, 1998