Professor Leonard van den Berg has joined the Scientific Advisory Board since January 2014.
He has been professor of Experimental Neurology at Utrecht University since 2005 and leads a research group focused on translational research into ALS and other diseases of motor neurons. His research has been focused on the search for effective treatment for patients with motor neuron diseases (MND) and motor neuropathies by delineating the biological and molecular pathways that initiate and/or drive motor neuron degeneration.
He is principal investigator of the largest, prospective population-based case-control study in ALS (PAN). He is founder and director of The Netherlands ALS Center, which aims to improve the diagnosis, treatment/care and scientific research for ALS in the Netherlands. He promotes international collaborations on ALS research as chairman of the European Network to find the Cure for ALS (ENCALS)) and as coordinator of awarded EU grants (FP7 Euro-MOTOR (systems biology), JPND SOPHIA (biomarkers)). Professor van den Berg has a PhD from Utrecht University.