Prof. Eelco de Koning
Leiden University Medical Center, the Netherlands
Eelco de Koning is professor of diabetology at the Leiden University Medical Center and group leader at the Hubrecht Institute. He received his medical doctorate at the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands, in 1991. Subsequently, he moved to England and started research into islet biology and pathology at the Diabetes Research Laboratories in Oxford under supervison of Anne Clark and Robert Turner which resulted in a PhD thesis in 1994. In the same year he started his training in Internal Medicine followed by a fellowship in Endocrinology at the University Medical Center Utrecht (UMCU). He was board certified in endocrinology in 2001. In 2004 he joined the group of Susan Bonner-Weir and Gordon Weir at the Department of Islet Transplantation and Cell Biology (Joslin Diabetes Center) in Boston. In their group he participated in the clinical human islet isolation and transplantation program and in islet progenitor cell research. In 2006 he returned to the Leiden University Medical Center to establish a laboratory for human islet isolation under GMP conditions and to direct the clinical islet transplantation program in the Netherlands. In 2010 he was also appointed group leader at the Hubrecht Institute in Utrecht focusing on islet progenitor cell research. Using a bench-to-bedside approach he has initiated and heads multicenter research programs on improvement of islet transplantation. He is president of the European Pancreas and Islet Transplantation Association (EPITA).