Prof. Dr. E.F.C. (Liesbeth) van Rossum (Erasmus MC)

Elisabeth van Rossum is internist-endocrinologist, and professor in the field of obesity and biological stress. She is member of the medical staff of the Department of Internal Medicine, and medical coordinator of the outpatient clinic of Endocrinology at the Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam.

In 1998 she obtained a scholarship to perform research in the field of hormones and obesity at the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA. In 2000 she obtained her medical degree at the Erasmus University Medical School (Cum Laude). She started a PhD project, focused on the genetics of glucocorticoid sensitivity, under the supervision of professor Steven Lamberts and obtained her PhD in 2005 (Cum Laude). Meanwhile she started her clinical training as an internist-endocrinologist, which she finished in 2010.
Besides her clinical work as an endocrinologist, by obtaining grants, e.g. VENI grant (2008), a fellowship from the Netherlands Brain Foundation (2011), Erasmus MC fellowship (2012),  Thrasher Research Fund grant (2013), and a VIDI grant (2016) Liesbeth van Rossum continued her research concerning the genetics of individual glucocorticoid sensitivity and the role of long-term cortisol exposure using hair analysis in stress-related diseases (obesity, cardiometabolic diseases, and depression).

At present, she is head of Obesity Center CGG (Centrum Gezond Gewicht, adult division), an academic center for diagnostics of underlying causes of obesity and innovative treatment strategies. She is a board member of the Dutch Endocrine Association (NVE), chair of the annual Dutch Endocrine Meeting, member of the national Partnership Obesity Netherlands (PON), and member of the working group Obesity of the Dutch Diabetes Federation (NDF), council member of the foundation “Voeding Leeft”, as well as the international Obesity Genetics Network, and the European Medical and Strategic Obesity working group. In addition, Elisabeth van Rossum is a member of the Scientific Board of Lifelines, a national cohort study and biobank, aimed to study genetic and environmental factors in the development of multifactorial diseases, and member of the (inter)national working group Turner’s syndrome.

In 2013 she became a member of Young Erasmus. Since 2014, Liesbeth van Rossum represents the Board of Young Erasmus along with Ellen van de Poel. In 2016 she was appointed member of the Young Academy of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences (De Jonge Akademie van de KNAW).

Elisabeth van Rossum published more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific publications or books and received 20 awards for her scientific research in the past years.