Albrecht Hasinger Lecture 2019

Désirée van der Heijde

The Albrecht Hasinger Lecture 2019 will be given by Désirée van der Heijde.

Professor for Rheumatology at the University of Leiden, Netherlands.


Désirée van der Heijde

Outcome assessment in rheumatology: a personal journey

The treatment of inflammatory rheumatic diseases has improved significantly since the 1980s. This is due to the development of new drugs, the better use of existing drugs and an earlier diagnosis. However, also the development of reliable measures to assess efficacy of drugs played an important role. Désirée van der Heijde, Professor of Rheumatology at Leiden University in the Netherlands, developed standardized scoring methods for the evaluation of structural damage of joints and spine on imaging, for example in rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and spondyloarthritis. She has decisively further developed the frequently used “Sharp-Score” for rheumatoid arthritis. In her lecture she will discuss the importance of good tests to assist further improvement of therapies for rheumatic diseases.

Guests are welcome.

Venue: German Rheumatism Research Center Berlin, Foyer
Campus Charité Mitte
Charitéplatz 1 / Virchowweg 12
10117 Berlin

Contact: Katrin Moser,