On the special occasion of the Dies Natalis, Erasmus University Rotterdam traditionally awards honorary doctorates to individuals in appreciation of their outstanding contribution to science and society.
Karl Deisseroth is the D.H. Chen Professor of Bioengineering and of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, and Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard, his PhD from Stanford, and his MD from Stanford. He also completed postdoctoral training, medical internship, and adult psychiatry residency at Stanford, and he is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He continues as a practicing psychiatrist at Stanford with specialization in affective disorders and autism-spectrum disease, employing medications along with neural stimulation.
Over the last sixteen years, his laboratory created and developed optogenetics, hydrogel-tissue chemistry (beginning with CLARITY), and a broad range of enabling methods. He also has employed his technologies to discover the neural cell types and connections that cause adaptive and maladaptive behaviors, and has disseminated the technologies to thousands of laboratories around the world.
Among other honors, Deisseroth was the sole recipient for optogenetics of the 2010 Koetser Prize, the 2010 Nakasone Prize, the 2011 Alden Spencer Prize, the 2013 Richard Lounsbery Prize, the 2014 Dickson Prize in Science, the 2015 Keio Prize, the 2015 Lurie Prize, the 2015 Albany Prize, the 2015 Dickson Prize in Medicine, the 2017 Redelsheimer Prize, the 2017 Fresenius Prize, the 2017 NOMIS Distinguished Scientist Award, the 2018 Eisenberg Prize, the 2018 Kyoto Prize, and the 2020 Heineken Prize in Medicine from the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. For his discoveries, Deisseroth has also received the Perl Prize (2012), the BRAIN prize (2013), the Pasarow Prize (2013), the Breakthrough Prize (2015) the BBVA Award (2016), the Massry Prize (2016) and the Harvey Prize from the Technion/Israel (2017). He was selected a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator in 2013, and was elected to the US National Academy of Medicine in 2010, to the US National Academy of Sciences in 2012, and to the US National Academy of Engineering in 2019.
Promotor: Professor Chris de Zeeuw
Chris I. de Zeeuw is Chairman of the Department of Neuroscience at Erasmus MC in Rotterdam, Vice-Director at the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience in Amsterdam, and Director of Neurasmus BV. He received his PhD with a focus on brain and behavior in 1990 (Cum Laude) and his MD in 1991 (Cum Laude), both at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Soon after that he received the Fellowship Award from de Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences (KNAW) and became visiting professor at NYU Med School in New York. When he returned to the Netherlands he became Full professor and Chair of the department that he founded in Rotterdam around the turn of the new millennium. He has been Principal Coordinator of the EU Robotics program (SENSOPAC) and President of Neuro-Bsik Mouse- and Pharma-Phenomics consortia. De Zeeuw has received over 100 grants, including the PIONIER Award from ZonMw and the ERC advanced grant. In 2006 he received the Beatrix Award for Brain Research from her Majesty the Queen, in 2014 he became elected member of the Dutch Academy of Arts & Science, and in 2018 he received the international Casella Prize for Physiology.
Trish Greenhalgh is Professor of Primary Care Health Sciences and Fellow of Green Templeton College at the University of Oxford. She studied Medical, Social and Political Sciences at Cambridge and Clinical Medicine at Oxford before training first as a diabetologist and later as an academic general practitioner. She has a doctorate in diabetes care and an MBA in Higher Education Management. She leads a programme of research at the interface between the social sciences and medicine, working across primary and secondary care.
Her work seeks to celebrate and retain the traditional and the humanistic aspects of medicine and healthcare while also embracing the exceptional opportunities of contemporary science and technology to improve health outcomes and relieve suffering.
Three particular interests are the health needs and illness narratives of minority and disadvantaged groups; the introduction of technology-based innovations in healthcare; and the complex links (philosophical and empirical) between research, policy and practice. She has brought this interdisciplinary perspective to bear on the research response to the Covid-19 pandemic, looking at diverse themes including clinical assessment of the deteriorating patient by phone and video, the science and anthropology of face coverings, and policy decision-making in conditions of uncertainty.
Trish is the author of over 400 peer-reviewed publications and 16 textbooks. She was awarded the OBE for Services to Medicine by Her Majesty the Queen in 2001 and made a Fellow of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences in 2014. She is also a Fellow of the UK Royal College of Physicians, Royal College of General Practitioners, Faculty of Clinical Informatics and Faculty of Public Health.
Promotor: Professor Roland Bal
Roland Bal is professor of healthcare governance and chair of the Department of Healthcare governance at Erasmus School of Health Policy and Management. Having a background in Science & Technology Studies, he is particularly interested in the ways in which knowledge ‘travels’ through the healthcare sector. Being interested in action-oriented forms of doing research, Bal has organized many partnerships with actors in healthcare. He has worked extensively with the Dutch healthcare inspectorate on methods of supervision and with ZonMw, the main funder of health research in the Netherlands, on program evaluation.
Roland Bal has been the Principle Investigator of a great many projects and has obtained funding for research from ZonMw, NWO, the European Union as well as from key actors in healthcare. He has been involved in setting up academic collaboratives with the Health and Youth care Inspectorate of the Netherlands (IGJ) and with the Netherlands Care Institute (ZiN). Bal has been a member of several committees of the Health Council of the Netherlands and of ZonMw. He has published extensively in fields like Science & Technology Studies, Sociology of Healthcare, Public Administration and Health Policy, and has authored numerous policy-reports and publications in Dutch professional journals.