Dorine Swinkels is a MD and chemist, specialized in clinical chemistry. Her research aims at the full understanding of iron metabolism, in particular the identification and characterization of novel factors that affect dysregulation of iron homeostasis in various human disorders among which are some of the world's most prevalent diseases such as anemia of chronic kidney disease, hereditary hemochromatosis, inherited (iron loading) anemia's, bacterial and malarial infections. New findings are translated into novel diagnostic assays and therapeutic strategies that can be implemented in the clinic. Among her (team's) most recent achievements and activities are the development and harmonization of assays for the recently discovered iron regulatory hormone peptide hepcidin that is currently subject of several translational studies.
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