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Han Brunner

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Han Brunner is currently full professor and head of the department of Human Genetics at Nijmegen University Hospital, and at Maastricht University Medical Center. He has initiated and conducted several research projects that use clinical genetic observations as the starting point for human molecular genetic investigations into such topics as intellectual disability, human behaviour, skeletal development, brain development, neuromuscular disease, congenital malformations, and gonadal development and function.

By pioneering the innovative use of novel genome analysis tools, and their successful application to intellectual disability research, Han Brunner has shown that small submicroscopic chromosome and de novo gene mutations may well be the most important causes of ID. This de novo paradigm now allows the development of accurate diagnostic strategies for this group of patients.