dr. M.J.H. van Summeren

dr. M.J.H. van Summeren

Assistant Professor - medical
dr. M.J.H. van Summeren
  • Outpatient care
  • Divison of Internal Medicine and Dermatology
  • Integral pediatrics patient care



After her PhD thesis on “Vitamin K dependent proteins in children), mrs. Van Summeren participated in a project on immunology of obesity. Within this project, an ethical part, on the moral acceptability of gastric banding in adolescent obesity, was included (a zonMW funded project). Presently, together with Ineke Bolt (Institute of Ethics, Universiteit Utrecht), she has initiated an ethical project on informed consent in Whole exome sequencing (WES). Her main goal is to set up a line of research within the field of applied ethics, in which various actual and concrete ethical dilemmas in paediatrics are investigated by conducting empirical ethical research. The aim is to gain insight about the experiences and views of patients and their parents and practitioners which will be further explored and normative ethically analysed. The aim in conducting this line of research is to articulate and develop tailor-made ethical frameworks and principles that provide normative orientation to actual moral paediatric issues. In this way, a contribution to an adequate ethical framework and concrete guidelines for paediatric patient care and policy-making will be made.

Side Activities

research collaboration with the Institute of Ethics,
Universiteit Utrecht

Research Output (22)

Uncertain futures and unsolicited findings in pediatric genomic sequencing:guidelines for return of results in cases of developmental delay

Cornelis Candice, Dondorp Wybo, Bolt Ineke, de Wert Guido, van Summeren Marieke, Brilstra Eva, Knoers Nine, Bredenoord Annelien L Dec 2023, In: BMC Medical Ethics. 24 10 p.

Parents, their children, whole exome sequencing and unsolicited findings:growing towards the child’s future autonomy

Tibben Aad, Dondorp Wybo, Cornelis Candice, Knoers Nine, Brilstra Eva, van Summeren Marieke, Bolt Ineke Jun 2021, In: European Journal of Human Genetics. 29 , p. 911-919 9 p.

'We Should View Him as an Individual':The Role of the Child's Future Autonomy in Shared Decision-Making About Unsolicited Findings in Pediatric Exome Sequencing

Dondorp W, Bolt I, Tibben A, De Wert G, Van Summeren M 2021, In: Health care analysis : HCA : journal of health philosophy and policy. 29 , p. 249-261 13 p.

Whole-exome sequencing in pediatrics:parents' considerations toward return of unsolicited findings for their child

Cornelis Candice, Tibben Aad, Dondorp Wybo, van Haelst Mieke, Bredenoord Annelien L, Knoers Nine, Düwell Marcus, Bolt Ineke, van Summeren Marieke Jul 2016, In: European Journal of Human Genetics. 24 , p. 1681–1687

Contextualizing Genetic Testing and Sequencing Results for Patients and Parents:The Need for Empirical-Ethical Research

Cornelis Candice, Bolt Ineke, Van Summeren Marieke 1 Mar 2014, In: The American Journal of Bioethics. 14 , p. 10-12 3 p.

Competence assessment in minors, illustrated by the case of bariatric surgery for morbidly obese children

Bolt Ineke L L E, Van Summeren Marieke J H 1 Jan 2014, In: Best Practice & Research in Clinical Gastroenterology. 28 , p. 293-302 10 p.

Vitamin D deficiency in childhood obesity is associated with high levels of circulating inflammatory mediators, and low insulin sensitivity

Reyman M., Verrijn Stuart A.A., van Summeren M.J.H., Rakhshandehroo M., Nuboer R., de Boer F.K., van den Ham H.J., Kalkhoven E., Prakken B.J., Schipper H.S. 2014, In: International Journal of Obesity. 38 , p. 46-52 7 p.

Vitamin K status in healthy volunteers

Theuwissen E., Magdeleyns E.J., Braam L.A., Theunissen K.J., Knapen M.H., Binnekamp I.A., van Summeren M.J.H., Vermeer C. 2014, In: Food & function. 5 , p. 229-234 6 p.

The Controversy Over Pediatric Bariatric Surgery

van Geelen S.M., Bolt I.E.L., van der Baan-Slootweg O.H., van Summeren M.J.H. 2013, In: Journal of Bioethical Inquiry. 10 , p. 227-237 11 p.

Systemic inflammation in childhood obesity: circulating inflammatory mediators and activated CD14++ monocytes.

Schipper H.S., Nuboer R., Prop S., van den Ham H.J., de Boer F.K., Kesmir C., Mombers I.M., van Bekkum K.A., Woudstra J., Kieft J.H., Hoefer I.E., de Jager W., Prakken A.B.J., van Summeren M.J.H., Kalkhoven E. 2012, In: Diabetologia. 55 , p. 2800-2810 11 p.

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