Dr. Nico Wulffraat is the Director of Paediatric Rheumatology, Immunology, Hematology and Infectious Diseases at Wilhelmina Children’s Hospital, as well as the Supervisor of the Paediatric Rheumatology Postgraduate Clinical Fellowship at University Medical Center Utrecht (UMCU). He supports the Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) Patient Council in setting the research agenda at UMCU for childhood inflammatory diseases.
Dr. Wulffraat also serves as the Project Coordinator of the European initiative of SHARE (Single Hub and Access point for Paediatric Rheumatology in Europe), which aims to document standards of care and treatment recommendations for paediatric rheumatic diseases throughout Europe. He is also the Coordinator of PHARMAChild, a pharmacovigilance project belonging to Paediatric Rheumatology European Society (PRES) and Paediatric Rheumatology International Trials Organization (PRINTO), which observes children with JIA undergoing treatment with methotrexate or biologic agents for three to ten years to collect adverse events.
Dr. Wulffraat is the Principal Investigator for a number of studies, including those evaluating immunizations in children with rheumatic diseases, the use of mesenchymal stem cells in refractory juvenile rheumatic diseases and a collaborative Canadian-Dutch project on precision medicine in JIA (UCAN CAN-DU). He also started the use of autologous stem-cell transplantation in autoimmune diseases. Dr. Wulffraat has served on a number of national and international scientific boards, including the Board of the Dutch Paediatric Rheumatology Society, the Scientific Advisory Council of the Dutch League for Rheumatology, various Program Committees of the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw) – such as those for Translational Adult Cell Research and Priority Medicines for Children – and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) expert group for Paediatric Rheumatology.
- Co-chair: Executive Committee
- Co-chair: Research Operations Committee
- Co-chair: Data Access Advisory Committee
- Co-chair: Budget Working Group