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J. (Jos) Runhaar, PhD

Researcher in General Practice

  • Department
  • General Practice
  • Focus area
  • Musculoskeletal disorders



Dr Jos Runhaar is an Assistant Professor at the Department of General Practice of Erasmus MC.

He was trained as Human Movement Scientist at the Vrije University Amsterdam.

For his PhD, he performed the first ever RCT on the primary prevention of osteoarthritis, supervised by prof. Bierma-Zeinstra and prof. Koes.

The research line of Dr. Runhaar aims to improve the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders by general practitioners and physiotherapists and to shift the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders to the early disease phase.

Dr. Runhaar served different scientific committees, including the Research and Training Committee of OARSI (Chair), the Scientific Advisory Board for the Dutch Arthritis Society, the Organizing Committee for the 2020 International Workshop on OA Imaging (co-Chair), the Advisory Board for the International Society of OA Imaging and multiple (inter)national Thesis Assessment Committees.


Jos Runhaar's publications can be found here

Recent Findings 

Previous studies in the lab have shown that autologous dendritic cells pulsed with allogenic tumor cell lysate was able to induce peripheral T cell activation and tumor-reactive T cell responses in patients with mesothelioma and pancreatic cancer. Current research focuses on how to initiate an effective immune response in the tumor as well as the tumor-draining lymph node using dendritic cell vaccination. Furthermore, we are studying novel approaches for (personalized) vaccination. In addition, we have identified T cell characteristics that underlie clinical efficacy of immune check inhibitors or chemotherapeutic agents in mesothelioma. The selected publications below give an impression of our work. 

Scholarships, grants, and awards

Received grants

  • European League against Rheumatism (EULAR)
  • Dutch Scientific College Physiotherapy, Osteoarthritis
  • Society International(OARSI), Dutch Arthritis Society
  • ZonMw Efficiency Research