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1988 …2020

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Ben Janssen was born in Sittard, The Netherlands in 1958. After finishing his masters in Biology (1983, Nijmegen University, NL), he was trained in Pharmacology at the Maastricht University, NL.
He received his PhD for a thesis on sensory renal nerves and hyp­erten­sion (1988). In 2003 he was appointed associate professor at the department of Pharmacology & Toxicology of the UM. Since then he is a full member of the staff and specialized in hypothesis testing of cardiovascular research questions in vivo in experimental animals. He has (co)authored more than 140 research publications in this research field, which can be viewed here.

Ben Janssen supervises the pharmacology/pharmacotherapy teaching programs in the faculty of health, life sciences and medicine of Maastricht University and serves as a teaching representative of the Maastricht University as well as for the Dutch Pharmacological Society on several national educational initiatives.

In 2019 he started a new research line into the potential ecotoxic effects of medicinal waste products present in wastewaters of hospitals and surface waters and combines this interest with teaching roles in a new interfaculty minor on sustainability and health that starts in September 2021 at the Maastricht University.