Distinguished UMCG Visiting Professors

Each year, the UMCG features one to two Distinguished Visiting Professors. These are world class scientists that are recognized as opinion leaders in their field. They hold master classes, interact with junior scientists and present their latest discoveries in lectures.

Visiting Professors in 2020 

Anne Brunet

Anne Brunet is a world-leading scientist on the molecular basis of longevity and age-related diseases. She holds the Michele and Timothy Barakett Endowed Chair and is co-director of the Paul F. Glenn Laboratories for the Biology of Aging at Stanford University.

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Peter Visscher

Peter Visscher is Professor of Quantitative Genetics at the University of Queensland. He is one of the leading scientists in the field of genetic variation for complex traits.

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Visiting Professors in 2019 


Emelia J. Benjamin

Emilia Benjamin is a Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Boston University and clinical cardiologist at Boston Medical Center. She is renowned for her discoveries on genetics, epidemiology, clinical course, and markers of cardiovascular conditions.

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George Davey-Smith

George Davey-Smith is Professor in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Bristol UK. He is the intellectual father of many methods improving causal inference in human epidemiology, including Mendelian randomization approaches.

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Visiting Professors in 2018 

Kenneth S. Kendler

Ken Kendler is a leading psychiatrist, who has made seminal contributions to the genetics of psychiatric and substance abuse disorders. He is Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Human Genetics at the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth.

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