Geert Jan Groeneveld was trained as a Neurologist at the University Medical Center Utrecht and performed his PhD on the subject: “New pharmacotherapeutic treatment strategies for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis”. Before joining CHDR, Geert Jan worked on enzyme replacement therapy for Pompe Disease and on a gene therapy project for Parkinson's Disease at biotechnology company Genzyme. Since 2009 he is Research Director at the Centre for Human Drug Research (CHDR) in Leiden, and is responsible for research in the areas of neurology and pain. He is also a staff-member at the department of Neurology of VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, where he performs clinical work as a neurologist. His primary scientific interest is in early phase drug development for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases and neuropathic pain. He has published about 25 scientific articles and is actively involved in the training of PhD students at CHDR.