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H.M. (Hanneke) van West, MD

Orthopaedic surgeon

  • Department
  • Orthopaedics



I'm Hanneke van West, one of the orthopaedic spine Surgeons of the Erasmus MC. I'm currently involved in a research project considering screening for  Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis and a large multicenter study evaluating the standard follow up of patients with Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis

Education and career

2007-2011 Orthopaedic surgery ErasmusMC

2012-2014 Spine Fellowship . Montreal Canada

2014-current orthopaedic surgeon (spine) ErasmusMC Rotterdam

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

2012 and 2013 Spine fellowship grant Montreal Canada

2020 Wordvernieuwert innovation grant

Current research project

Scoliosis Screening At Home (SCRATCH)

RCT proximal fixation in scoliosis surgery (Fixit)

Dutch Multicenter scoliosis follow up study (AIS FU)