Dr. Jan-William Alffenaar

Dr. Jan-William Alffenaar, University Medical Center Groningen, Netherlands


Jan-Willem C. Alffenaar started his career in 2002 as a pharmacist at the department of Hospital and Clinical Pharmacy and Toxicology of the University Medical Center Groningen in the Netherlands. From 2005-2008 he served as a hospital pharmacist in residence at the same hospital. During his routine TDM training he developed great interest into infectious diseases in critically ill patients. This resulted in a PhD studentship, which was supervised by Prof. DRA Uges, Prof. TS van der Werf, Ph.D. and Prof JGW Kosterink. The subject of his thesis was “The pharmacokinetics and TDM of antimicrobial agents, in particular antifungal agents and anti-TB drugs in critically ill patients”. He finished his thesis in 2009 and has been Principle Investigator of many clinical studies evaluating clinical pharmacology of antimicrobial drugs. In 2012 he finished his training in clinical pharmacology. Dried blood spot analysis got his specific attention as it enables TDM in resource limited settings. Recently he was appointed as associate professor at the Medical Faculty of the University of Groningen with the scope of optimizing antimicrobial therapy based on PK/PD principles. At this moment he is supervising 14 PhD and PharmD-PhD students.