Dr van Royen-Kerkhof is paediatrician-immunologist/rheumatologist, and Head of the Department of Pediatric Immunology, Rheumatology, Infectiology, Hematology and StemCell Transplantation of the Wilhelmina Children's Hospital, University Medical Centre Utrecht (UMCU).
Her clinical work, focussing on pediatric systemic autoimmune disease, mainly juvenile dermatomyositis (JDM), is closely interrelated with fundamental research from the Laboratory of Translational Immunology of the UMCU, and the Child Development & Exercise Center of the UMCU.
Her fields of interest are development of biomarkers (e.g. galactine-9) to assess disease activity in JDM, and development of training programs to increase physical activity in children with musculoskeletal inflammation. Dr van Royen and co-workers actively contribute to research projects of centers for JDM worldwide.
In addition, Dr van Royen-Kerkhof is Program Director of the Medical Research Master SUMMA, a program to train clinician-scientists.