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Severe inflammatory disorders

The Child Health Program hosts several Centers of Excellence for children with sustained severe inflammatory disorders, like Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, Cystic Fibrosis and Recurrent Respiratory Tract Infections.

Interest in inflammatory disorders of the airways, joints and the gut

The Child Health Program has a strong interest in inflammatory disorders of the airways, joints and the gut. Both genetic and environmental factors play a role in the development of uncontrolled chronic inflammation with subsequently serious disability and loss of quality of life. Our efforts are to increase our understanding of how environmental factors interact with genetically determined immune- and metabolic responses. This knowledge can help to develop novel preventive and therapeutic interventions and ultimately decrease the burden of disease in children and their families.

Research lines

Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

The Center aims to understand the pathogenesis of autoimmune disorders and to translate these findings into novel concepts and improved therapeutic strategies.


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Cystic Fibrosis

The Cystic Fibrosis Center Utrecht has a leading role in Europe in developing and implementing innovative therapies at a personalized level.

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Recurrent Respiratory Infections

Severe and respiratory tract infections early in life with e.g. Respiratory Syncytial Virus can have sequelae into adulthood.

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Research Groups

Research groups play a pivotal role in advancing knowledge and innovation within their respective fields. By bringing together diverse experts, they foster collaborative efforts that drive scientific and technological breakthroughs.

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