News and media Radboudumc news Romana Netea-Maier Appointed professor of Endocrine Tumors
1 March 2021

Effective March 1, 2021, internist-endocrinologist Romana Netea-Maier has been appointed Professor of Endocrine Tumors at Radboud university medical center/Radboud University. She will focus on research into the pathogenesis, treatment and consequences of endocrine tumors, particularly tumors of the thyroid gland.

With clinical-scientific research focused on the role of inflammation and the immune response in the development of endocrine tumors, Romana Netea-Maier's research group is taking the lead in the field of therapy resistant tumors to identify new targets for treatment. In doing so, she focuses particularly on the rare advanced forms of thyroid cancer, for which there are currently insufficient therapy options available. In addition, she investigates the long-term consequences of endocrine tumors. For her research, she collaborates with several national and international networks and with the Dutch patient organization Thyroid Organization Netherlands (SON).

Romana Netea-Maier (1969, Sibiu (Romania)) studied Medicine at the 'Iuliu Hatieganu' University of Medicine and Pharmacology in Cluj-Napoca (Romania) and Radboud University in Nijmegen. She received her PhD in 2002 for her thesis “Blood pressure measurement: practical aspects of the procedure”.

Radboud university medical center as a person-centered care center

After her PhD, Romana Netea-Maier continued her training as an internist-endocrinologist at the Radboud university medical center. In 2005 she was a postdoctoral scientist at the University of Colorado Health Science Centre Denver (USA). Since 2009, she has led the Endocrine Tumors board of the Radboudumc Center of Expertise for Thyroid Carcinoma, and in 2017 she has been appointed as associate professor of Endocrine Tumors. Patient participation and empowerment are central themes in her work as a clinician and researcher. Romana Netea-Maier: "I strongly believe that top quality patient care combined with leading scientific research is reflected in the quality of life of our patients. As a professor I intend to commit myself to this principle."

Romana Netea-Maier is also committed to the development of the Radboud university medical center as a healthcare center where patients with thyroid tumors receive person-centered, efficient, patient-friendly and high-quality diagnostics, treatment and guidance. Romana Netea-Maier is a board member of the Dutch Thyroid Research Foundation and the Dutch Thyroid Cancer Group. She is a member of the Steering Committee of the EORTC Endocrine Tumors group.

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