Stichting Schildklieronderzoek Nederland
Jaarlijkse bijeenkomst



XXIIth annual symposium of the Dutch Thyroid Research Foundation


The Dutch Thyroid Research Foundation cordially invites you to the 22th edition of its annual symposium, which will take place on June 8 2018 at the West-Indisch huis in Amsterdam. International and Dutch experts will highlight important recent developments in basic and clinical thyroidology.

The symposium will start with a session on thyroid hormones, muscle and heart. Prof. Domenico Salvatore (University of Naples, Italy) will discuss the role of thyroid hormone in muscle function while Dr. Peter van de Meer (UMCG, Groningen) and Layal Chaker (ErasmusMC, Rotterdam) will discuss the role of thyroid hormone in cardiac function. The second session will focus on thyroid hormone transport and Dr. Heike Heuer (University of Essen, Germany) will discuss thyroid hormone transporter defects in experimental models. Dr. Stefan Groeneweg (Erasmus MC, Rotterdam) will share the recent results of the international TRIAC trial in patients with MCT8 transporter defects.

After lunch, the focus will shift to the role of thyroid hormone on haematology and the immune response. Dr. Anne van der Spek (AMC, Amsterdam) will discuss the role of thyroid hormone in macrophage function, Dr. Anja van Gucht (ErasmusMC, Rotterdam) the effect of thyroid hormone on erythropoiesis and the session ends with a presentation about the relation between thyroid function and immune responses in healthy volunteers.

The last session of the day is focussed on trace elements: Prof. Lutz Schomburg (Charite, Berlin) will discuss the role of selenium in thyroid hormone synthesis. This presentation is followed by a presentation on  iodine status, thyroid hormones and pregnancy given by Sarah Bath (University of Exeter) and the session ends with a presentation by Michael Zimmerman (director of IGN, Switzerland) discussing what we can learn from clinical trials.

We look forward to an exciting meeting and hope to see you in Amsterdam!

The Dutch Thyroid Research Foundation


09:30: Welcome and registration

10:00: Introduction


Thyroid hormones, muscle and heart

10.00: Thyroid hormone and muscle function

           Domenico Salvatore (Naples University, Italy)

10.30: Heart failure and thyroid; from bench-to-bedside

           Peter van der Meer (UMCG, Groningen)

11.00: The thyroid - heart connection

           Layal Chaker (Erasmus MC, Rotterdam)          


Thyroid hormone and TH transporter defects

11.30: Thyroid hormone transporter defects; animal studies

           Heike Heuer (Dusseldorf, Germany)     

12.00: The TRIAC trial

           Stefan Groenewegen (Erasmus MC, Rotterdam)


12:30: Lunch


Thyroid hormone and haematology

13.30: Thyroid hormone action in macrophages

           Anne van der Spek (AMC, Amsterdam

14.00: Thyroid hormone action and erythropoesis

           Anja van Gucht (Erasmus MC, Rotterdam)

14.30: Thyroid function and immune responses in healthy volunteers: results of the 500 Functional Genomics project

           TBA, (UMCN, Nijmegen)


15:00: Tea


Thyroid hormone and iodine; basic and clinical aspects

15.30: Thyroid hormone synthesis and selenium

           Lutz Schomburg (Charité Universitätsmedizin, Berlin)

16.00: Iodine status, thyroid hormones and pregnancy     

           Sarah Bath (University of Surrey, Guildford)

16.30: Iodine fortification: what can we learn from clinical trials?

           Michael Zimmerman (director of IGN, Switserland)


 17:00: Drinks and farewell


By email: (to Anita Boelen)



Het West-Indisch Huis

Herenmarkt 99

1013 EC Amsterdam



Dutch Thyroid Research Foundation (Stichting Schildklieronderzoek Nederland)

Board: Prof. dr. T Links, dr. A. Boelen, Prof. dr. R.P. Peeters, dr. W.S. Simonides, dr. R. Netea-Maier


Costs (including lunch and drinks):

Students:  free

PhD students  and fellows: € 25,-

Other participants: € 100,-

Please pay before 8th June, account NL02 ABNA 0469862025 with reference to  Stichting Schildklieronderzoek Nederland, Rotterdam



This symposium will be accredited by the Nederlandse Internisten Vereniging (NIV)