Jaap Fransen

FunctionRadbound pic Jaap Fransen
Senior-researcher in clinical rheumatology and teacher of clinical research at the Radboud University Medical Center Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Jaap.Fransen@Radboudumc.nl

Research area
My research focus is on outcome measurement, prognosis and treatment in rheumatic diseases, notably Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Gout and Systemic Sclerosis. Hallmark of these diseases is that they are diseases of the syndrome-type, which poses difficulties on diagnosis, measurement and prognostication. Also, these diseases cannot be cured yet.
In the end my research leads to improved prognostication and treatment for patients with rheumatoid or psoriatic arthritis, gout or systemic sclerosis, for use in individual patients (‘personalized medicine’).

Education
Clinical epidemiology, Human Movement Science.

PhD thesis
‘Decision support in the management of Rheumatoid Arthritis’, Nijmegen, May 2003.

Memberships
Epidemiology committee van de EULAR Scleroderma Trials and research group (EUSTAR).
Early diagnosis committee van de EULAR Scleroderma Trials and research group (EUSTAR).
ACR/EULAR steering committee on the development of classification criteria for Scleroderma.
ACR/EULAR steering committee on the development of classification criteria for Gout.
Group for Research and Assessment of Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis (GRAPPA).
EULAR steering committee for treatment recommendations for Systemic Sclerosis.
Associate editor of Arthritis Care & Research.