Prof. P.M. van Hagen is vice-president of the ICBD2018. Currently head of Clinical Immunology at the Department of Internal Medicine of the Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands and staff member of the Rotterdam Eye Hospital.
He completed a Bachelor's degree in Clinical Chemistry in 1979, followed by a course on Radioisotopes in Biochemistry in 1980 at the Interuniversitary Reactor Institute, Delft, and then he completed his medical degree in 1987 at the Erasmus Medical Center. His current academic responsibilities include running an annual course on immunology for dermatologists and rheumatologists and supervision of pre-doctoral research students. Prof. van Hagen has organized many (inter)national symposia and workshops and has presented many international lectures. He has authored or co-authored 125 articles published in international journals, and many more published at the national level as well as book chapters.