Gert-Jan van Ommen

Head of the Department of Human Genetics

Leiden University Medical Center

Gert-Jan van Ommen

Prof. Dr. Gert-Jan van Ommen is head of the Department of Human Genetics at the LUMC. Amongst others, he has supervised research on neuromuscular and neurodegenerative diseases (with a focus on Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and Huntington Disease).

In addition he was involved in the development and application of genome research and diagnostic technology for disease study, diagnosis, therapy and prevention, including the societal aspects of genetic advances.

The antisense-mediated exon skipping therapy approach for DMD was pioneered in the department under his supervision, and brought into a first clinical trial in the LUMC on his initiative and guidance.