UCL Ear Institute


Roderick P. Venekamp, GP Trainee and Postdoctoral Researcher

I am a GP trainee and postdoctoral researcher at the Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care of the University Medical Centre Utrecht.

I graduated in Medicine from the UMCU in 2008. While training in General Practice I led a primary care-based RCT of the effectiveness of systemic corticosteroids in adults with acute rhinosinusitis. This resulted in a PhD from the Utrecht University in 2012. In that same year I completed an MSc in Epidemiology.

I now supervise three PhD students in their work on analgesia for acute otitis media, treatment of acute ear discharge in children with ventilation tubes and the effects of pneumococcal conjugate vaccination on otitis media in children. I am an active reviewer for the Cochrane Collaboration and have led reviews on systemic corticosteroids for acute sinusitis and antibiotics for acute otitis media in children. I also work as a postdoctoral researcher in Professor Anne Schilder’s team at UMC Utrecht thereby contributing to the strong links between UMC Utrecht and evidENT at UCL.

Currently I am working with the teams at UCL and UMC Utrecht on reviews of sleep disordered breathing in children. As a member of the Dutch College of General Practitioners I am working groups revising practice guidelines on acute rhinosinusitis, acute otitis media and otitis media with effusion in children.