Prof. Leonard van den Berg

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Leonard H. van den Berg is a professor of neurology who holds a chair in experimental neurology of motor neuron diseases at the University Medical Center Utrecht in the Netherlands. He also is director of the center’s Laboratory for Neuromuscular Disease, director of the Netherlands ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) Center, chairman of the Neuromuscular Centre the Netherlands, chairman of the European Network to Cure ALS (ENCALS), a network of the European ALS Centres, and Chairman of Tricals (, an online trial platform for patients, ALS centers and pharmaceutical industry in order to advance better treatment for people with ALS.

Theraputic areas and expertise

After receiving his medical degree from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, Dr. van den Berg completed a fellowship in neuroimmunology (dr. Norman Latov) at the Neurological Institute at Columbia University in New York.

He then completed his PhD degree at the University Medical Center Utrecht in a program that combined a residency in neurology with scientific research. As a practicing neurologist specializing in neuromuscular diseases and neuroimmunology, Prof. van den Berg’s research pursuits lie in immune-mediated or degenerative diseases of motor neurons.

He has been professor of Experimental Neurology since 2005 and leads a research group focused on translational research into ALS and other diseases of motor neurons. His research has been focused on the search for effective treatment for patients with motor neuron diseases and motor neuropathies by delineating the biological and molecular pathways that initiate and/or drive motor neuron degeneration. These efforts are based on clinical, lifestyle, environmental, genetic and imaging data obtained from large population-based case–control studies.