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Erica van den Akker

Prof. E.L.T. (Erica) van den Akker

Principal investigator

  • Department
  • Pediatric Endocrinology
  • Focus area
  • Pediatric Endocrinology; Obesity in children and adolescents; Genetic Obesity; HPA-axis; Cortisol; Scalp hair cortisol



As senior consultant of the pediatric endocrinology team and as division head, I am responsible – together with my team – for the care of children and adolescents with complex and/or rare endocrine diseases. As co-founder of the obesity clinic CGG (Centrum Gezond Gewicht academic center of excellence), my main research focus is on diagnostics and treatment of children with obesity, aiming for innovation of diagnostic tools and for development of personalized value based treatment.

Field(s) of expertise

  • Pediatric Endocrinology.
  • Obesity in children and adolescents.
  • Genetic Obesity.
  • HPA-axis; Cortisol.
  • Scalp hair cortisol.

Teaching activities

My teaching experience encompasses lecturing and developing teaching programs at all levels, from Medical Bachelor students, Medical Master students, PhD students, Nurses, Residents, Consultants to Medical specialists.

In the media

Societal impact: Selected as ’Topdokters’(Top Doctor) on Dutch TV and invited pediatric endocrinologist in TV programs and newspapers.

On Dutch tv:
Topdokters (Series RTL4, weekly 8x; 1 million viewers 2019), NOS Journaal, Jeugdjournaal, Brandpunt, Zorg.nu, RTL4nieuws, SBS6 shownieuws.

In newspapers:
NRC, AD, Volkskrant.
These contributions are aimed, among other things, to shift the societal stigma on obesity in the Netherlands.