Professor Han Brunner
Professor of Medical Genetics, Radboud University, Netherlands
Han Brunner is a professor and Head of the Department of Human Genetics at Nijmegen University Hospital and Maastricht University Medical Center, in the Netherlands. Brunner discovered a large number of disease genes, by applying cutting - technologies (genomic microarrays, exome sequencing, and whole-genome sequencing) to understand genetic diseases.
Much of this work is on neurodevelopmental conditions such as intellectual disability and abnormal behaviour. His work has established that in non-consanguineous populations, the major cause of intellectual disability lies in spontaneous new mutations. Han Brunner received a number of international awards for his work in translating novel research findings into patient diagnosis and care.
Brunner is an elected member of the Academia Europea and of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Science.