Prof. M. Drent, MD PhD


Prof. Marjolein Drent is currently guest senior researcher at the ILD Center of Excellence, St. Antonius Hospital, Nieuwegein, the Netherlands. She was a pulmonologist and member of the Center from 2015 until August 2022. In 2005, she was appointed as Professor of Interstitial Lung Diseases (ILD) at the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology of the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences of the Maastricht University, NL. Her oration was entitled: ‘Breathtaking Inspirations’. She retired from that position in July, 2022 and is currently professor emeritus. She is also emeritus president of WASOG (World Association of Sarcoidosis and Other Granulomatous Diseases), and is now Chief Editor of Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine and associate editor of Sarcoidosis, Vasculitis, and Diffuse Lung Diseases. Furthermore, she is co-editor/guest editor of several sarcoidosis articles in international journals, and is a reviewer for a number of international journals. She has (co-) authored over 500 papers and book chapters. She has been deeply involved in the last decades with several educational assignments, organization of postgraduate courses, national and international congresses, guideline development, as well as clinical trials. She is widely recognized as the co-editor of several ILD and sarcoidosis-related e-learning modules for pulmonologists and ILD nurses.  Prof. Drent is a sought-after speaker and has acted as such on more than 300 occasions, nationally and internationally. Her scientific interest is focused on sarcoidosis, fibrotic lung diseases, drug-induced ILD, quality of life, fatigue, and work-related sequalae. She is a member of the Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research Advisory Board; the founder and chair of the ild care foundation (interstitial lung diseases, including sarcoidosis) ( ; co-founder and member of the advisory board of the Dutch Pulmonary Fibrosis Patient Association; and honorary member of (Dutch Sarcoidosis Patient Association). She has been the (co)promotor and/or mentor of 16 PhD students. In 2012 she was nominated for the ‘World Sarcoidosis Person of the Year Award’ Dublin, Ireland, for her tireless research in defining the often immense psychological burden faced by patients and their families. She is an avid ambassador for Compassion for Care and the Youth Smoking Prevention Foundation. In 2016 she was appointed an Officer in the Order of Orange Nassau by Royal Decree. This royal honor was bestowed by the Deputy Mayor of Ede, NL. In 2022 she won the European Respiratory Society (ERS) Lifetime Achievement Award ILD 2022 (Assembly 12) for her outstanding contributions to the field of ILD. In 2023 she was selected for the Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research (FSR) Sarcoidosis Crystal Award for Excellence in Research and Clinical Care. In September 2023 she has been appointed as an Honorary Member of the ERS.


Publications: pubmed


website: ild care foundation