Rianne Gerritsen's research line is in the field of non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC), with a special focus on imaging techniques (non-invasive diagnostic tools, e.g. fluorescence diagnosis, in vivo reflectance confocal microscopy) and cost effectiveness studies. With several grants from ZonMw, the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation and the provinces Gelderland and Overijssel her research group studied the value of new diagnostic tools in dermatology. Also with grants of ZonMw she studied the cost-effectiveness of photodynamic therapy (PDT) in NMSC and real-time videoconsulting in primary care. She is currently supervising 6 PhD students.
Rianne received her medical training, PhD and dermatological training at the Radboud University Medical Center in the Netherlands. In 2003 she was appointed as associate professor Clinical Dermatology. Her fields of interest with respect to patient care are NMSC and PDT. As a dermatologist, she is specialized in high risk NMSC patients, e.g. organ transplant patients and other patients on chronic immunosuppressive medication, patients with extensive field cancerization and multiple tumors, patients with facial tumors, PDT, etc. In recent years, she served as member, secretary or chairman in National and International Societies and Working Groups. At present, she is member of the scientific committee of Euro-PDT and of the International Confocal Group. She chairs the multidisciplinary center for skin tumors in the Radboud University Center for Oncology. She also serves as vice-chair of the women's network at the Radboud University Medical Center. She extensively participates in education activities. In 2009 she became Principal Lecturer. She e.g. was member of the coordinating team to develop the current Master Programme of the School of Medicine in Nijmegen. During several years she participated as member in Education Management Teams. At present, she serves as chairman of the Bachelor Curriculum in the School of Medicine in Nijmegen.
National & International Personal Prizes & Awards
- 2005(March). Sirmione (Italy). Poster award: Smits T, Robles CA, van de Kerkhof PCM, van Erp PEJ, Gerritsen MJP. Correlation between protoporphyrin IX and fluorescence diagnosis in psoriasis and actinic keratosis using a digital fluorescence imaging system. Euro-PDT congress
- 2013. Best presentation award: Peppelman M, Wolberink EAW, van de Kerkhof PCM, Blokx WAM, van Erp PEJ and Gerritsen MJP. In vivo diagnosis of basal cell carcinoma subtype by reflectance confocal microscopy. Annual meeting Dutch Society for Experimental Dermatology (NVED)