Short CV/Education and training

  • 1999 – 2000
    fulltime post-doc/postgraduate researcher, Dept. of General Practice, Erasmus University Rotterdam

  • 2000 – 2004
    fulltime UD/assistant professor, Dept. of General Practice, Erasmus University Rotterdam

  • since 2004
    fulltime UHD/associate professor, Dept of General Practice, Erasmus University Rotterdam

  • since 2010
    fulltime professor with a chair in “Osteoarthritis and associated disorders”, Erasmus University Rotterdam

Selected publications

Selection of publications (out of > 200 international peer reviewed articles):

  • Brouwer GM, van Tol AW, Bergink A, Belo JN, Bernsen RMD, Reijman M, Pols HAP, Bierma-Zeinstra SMA. The association between varus alignment and the onset and progression of osteoarthritis of the knee. Arthritis Rheum. 2007 Mar 28;56(4):1204-1211.

  • Reijman M, Pols H, Bergink A, Belo J, Bernsen R, Hazes J, Bierma-Zeinstra S. Role of overweight on incidence and progression of OA hip and knee. Ann Rheum Dis. 2007 Feb;66(2):158-62

  • Rozendaal R, Koes BW van Osch G JVM , Uitterlinden EJ, Garling EH, Willemsen SP, Gina AZ, Verhaar JAN, Weinans H, Bierma-Zeinstra SMA. Effect of glucosamine sulphate on joint space narrowing, pain and function in patients with hip osteoarthritis: A randomized controlled trial. Ann Intern Med 2008 Feb 19;148(4):268-77.

  • van Linschoten RR, van Middelkoop M, Berger MY, Heintjes EM, Verhaar JAN, Koes BW, Bierma-Zeinstra SM. Exercise therapy versus a “wait and see” approach for patellofemoral pain syndrome – the PEX study, a randomized clinical trial. BMJ. 2009 Oct 20;339:b4074.

  • de Schepper IT, Damen J, van Meurs JBJ, Gina AZ, Popham M, Hofman A,Koes BW, Bierma-Zeinstra SM. The Association Between Lumbar Disc Degeneration and Low Back Pain: the Influence of Age, Gender and Individual Radiographic Features. Spine 2010 Mar 1;35(5):531-6.

  • Brinks A, van Rijn RM, Willemsen SP, Bohnen AM, Verhaar JAN, Koes BW, Bierma-Zeinstra SM. Corticosteroid injections for greater trochanteric pain syndrome: a randomized controlled trial in primary care. Ann Fam Med. 2011 May-Jun;9(3):226-34.

  • Bierma-Zeinstra SM & Verhagen AP. Osteoarthritis subpopulations and implications for clinical trial design. Arthritis Res Ther. 2011 Apr 5;13(2):213.

  • Schiphof D, de Klerk BM, Kerkhof HJM, Hofman A, Koes BW, Boers M, Bierma-Zeinstra SMA. Impact of different descriptions of the Kellgren and Lawrence classification criteria on the diagnosis of knee osteoarthritis Ann Rheum Dis. 2011 Aug;70(8):1422-7.

  • Clockaerts S, van Osch GJ, Bastiaansen Y, Verhaar J, van Gabbeek F, van Meurs J, Kerkhof JM, Hofman A, Stricker B, Bierma-Zeinstra S. Statin use is associated with reduced incidence and progression of knee osteoarthritis in the Rotterdam study. Ann Rheum Dis. 2012;71(5):642-7.

  • Verkleij S. Hoekstra T, Rozendaal RM, Waarsing JH, Koes BW, Luijsterburg PA, Bierma-Zeinstra SM. Defining discriminative pain trajectories in hip osteoarthritis. Ann Rheum Dis. 2012 Sep;71(9):1517-23

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Organising member of the Osteoarthritis session of the international WONCA Europe congress, June 2004, Amsterdam

  • Invited member of the Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI) treatment guidelines committee with the task to develop updated, evidence based consensus recommendations for the management of hip and knee osteoarthritis, since 2005

  • Invited member of the European Leage Against Rheumatism (EULAR) taskforce for guideline development for diagnosis of knee osteoarthritis, 2008 – 2009

  • External examiner for 6 PhD theses on the subject osteoarthritis at Universities in the UK, Denmark, and Australia, 2007 – 2012

  • Member of the scientific committee of IMUKA congress 2009. Integrated care for osteoarthritis (Netherlands-Belgium)

  • Organising member of the international PRIMUS congress in Rotterdam, Okt 2010, Amsterdam

  • Member of the editorial board of “Osteoarthritis & Cartilage”, the highest rated journal in orthopaedic research, since 2011

  • Member of the subcommittee clinical studies of the Arthritis research UK, since 2012

  • Chairman of the international “OA Trial Bank”, endorsed by the OARSI and EULAR, since 2012

  • Member of the national research group ‘Early osteoarthritis cohort in the Netherlands’ (CHECK) which was granted € 2,270,000 by the Dutch Arthritis Association to start and run a nationwide cohort of early OA patients to study prognosis, prognostic factors and burden of disease

  • Coordinating member and co-initiator of the research network for primary care cohort- and intervention studies in General Practices in Rotterdam (HONEUR)

  • Organising member of the symposium ‘Management of low back pain and sciatica in general practice’ 29 October 1999, Rotterdam

  • Member of KNGF development committee for guidelines of diagnosis and treatment of RSI for Dutch physiotherapists

  • Member of the guideline committee of the Dutch Association of General Practitioners (NHG) for diagnosing and treatment of non-traumatic knee complaints in adults, 2008

  • Chairman of the guideline committee “Osteoarthritis hip and knee” for insurance and occupational health physicians, 2007

  • Member of the Dutch committee for quality of care program in osteoarthritis, initiated by the Bone and Joint decade, 2007-2009

  • Member of the Erasmus MC funding committee for health care utilization research, since 2007

  • Invited member of the advisory board for the collaborative research initiative of the Dutch Arthritis Association and TNO with respect to a nation-wide inventory of musculoskeletal complaints, 2006

  • Organizing member of the national NHG post vocational training for GPs in musculoskeletal disorders (2 years course)

  • Referee and/or opponent for more than a dozen of PhD dissertations

  • Co-promotor or promoter of 13 successfully defended PhD theses, 2004 – 2010

  • Member of the professor advisory board of the Royal Dutch Society for Physical Therapy.

  • Member of the advisory board for higher scientific appointments at Erasmus MC, since 2011

  • Referee for several international medical journals (BMJ, Arthritis & Rheum, Ann Rheum Dis, Rheumatology, Arthr. Ther. Res, Osteoarthritis & Cartilage, etc.) and for several international and national research grants (ZonMW/NWO, Dutch Arthritis Association, UK Arthritis Research Campaign)

Additional qualifications

  • Working as a fulltime physical therapist for almost ten years (1983-1992) in Sweden before starting her academic education in Holland in 1992

  • Since graduating, fulltime work as a researcher and building of an own research line (12 years)


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