Ruth Veenhuizen

MD, PhD, (Principal Investigator), DR.

1994 …2023

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As elderly care physician and scientist I try to gather research questions during practice. My main specialisation is Huntington's disease, which is a rare inherited neurodegenerative disease with about 1700 patients in the Netherlands. Phenotypes, cognitive and behavioural, and how to treat and care for patients and their families comprise my day-to-day job. Translating results from research to practice is my challenge. Evidence based medicine for patients with complex brain disorders like Huntington's is my goal    

Research interests

Brain disorders and how they interfere with cognition and behaviour are my main research interests. Huntington's disease, Korsakoff syndrome, other dementias and chronic psychiatric disorders especially in the later stages of the disease have my special research interest. The patients are relatively underresearched and treatment and care for these patients lacks scientific evidence. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Elderly Care Physician, VU Amsterdam

1 Sept 199830 Sept 2001

Award Date: 7 Sept 2001

PhD, Photodynamic therapy for minimal residual cancer in the peritoneal cavity, preclinical studies, VU Amsterdam

1 Jan 199331 Dec 1996

Award Date: 4 Apr 1997

Master, Medicine, VU Amsterdam

Award Date: 2 Dec 1991

External positions

Lead Facilitator Multidisciplinary Treatment and Care working group EHDN, European Huntington's Disease Network, European Huntington's Disease Network

20 Sept 2019 → …

MD, Atlant Zorggroep

1 Apr 201912 Dec 4000


  • R Medicine (General)

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