dr. M.J.H. van Summeren

Assistant Professor - medical

  • Outpatient care
  • Integral pediatrics patient care
  • Physician Assistants

dr. M.J.H. van Summeren

Research Programs


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 (19)

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 mrt 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.

Moral Aspects of Bariatric Surgery for Obese Children and Adolescents: The Urgent Need for Empirical-Ethical Research

Bolt L.L.E., van Geelen S.M., van Summeren M.J.H. 2010, In: The American Journal of Bioethics. 10 , p. 30-31 2 p.

The effect of menaquinone-7 (vitamin K2) supplementation on osteocalcin carboxylation in healthy prepubertal children

van Summeren M.J.H., Braam L.A., Lilien M.R., Schurgers L.J., Kuis W., Vermeer C. 2009, In: British Journal of Nutrition. 102 , p. 1171-1178 8 p.

Extremes in vitamin K status of bone are related to bone ultrasound properties in children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis

van Summeren M.J.H., Vermeer C., Engelbert R.H.H., Schurgers L.J., Takken T., Fischer K., Kuis W. 2008, In: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology. 26 , p. 484-491 8 p.

All Research Output (19)