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Virginie Verhoeven, MD, PhD

Dr. Virginie J.M. Verhoeven, MD, PhD Afbeelding
Principal investigator

Department of Clinical Genetics
Erasmus MC
Faculty Building, Ee2081
Wytemaweg 80

3015 CN Rotterdam 

The Netherlands   

Email: v.verhoeven@erasmusmc.nl 
Tel: +31 (0) 10 7036915




Photo: Arno Massee

Biographical sketch

Virginie Verhoeven obtained her medical degree in 2008 (University of Utrecht). In 2015, she obtained her PhD (cum laude, dept. Epidemiology and Ophthalmology) in the group of prof. dr. Caroline Klaver on genetic and epidemiologic studies on myopia. During her PhD (2013-2014), she was affiliated at the renowned Singapore Eye Research Institute, where she worked on gene-environment interactions in myopia development. Since 2014, she works as a resident in Clinical Genetics and as a post-doc in the group of prof. dr. Caroline Klaver. In 2016 she received an NWO Veni grant for genetic studies on high myopia. 
Myopia (nearsightedness) is a growing public health issue due to its rapidly rising prevalence all over the world. In particular high myopia (refractive error of -6 diopters or more) carries a significant risk of blindness for which there are no treatment options, making it one of the most common cause of blindness in the ‘working class’. Although various genetic and environmental risk factors are known for myopia per se, little is known about the specific causes of high myopia. Insights into the etiology of this sight-threatening form of myopia are urgently needed. The main focus of research is to investigate how a complex interplay between genetic and environmental factors leads to high myopia and how this can be prevented.