Dr. Bert de Vries, MD, PhD.

Clinical Geneticist
Radboud University Medical Centre
Department of Human Genetics

Contact Information

Radboud University Medical Centre
PO Box 9101, 6500 HB, The Netherlands
Email: bert.devries@radboudumc.nl
Telephone Number: 0031 24 3613946
Fax Number: 0031 24 3668753

Education

MD – Medical School, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands (1990)
Residency – Department of Clinical Genetics, Erasmus University Medical Centre, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (1990-1997)
PhD – Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands (1997)
Fellowship – Institute of Child Health, Great Ormond Street Hospital, London (1999-2000)

Research Interests

Since his start at the Radboud UMC in 2001, Bert B.A. de Vries and his team were involved in the introduction of the novel diagnostic techniques for intellectual disability. Within his group, new deletion/duplication syndromes were identified, and subsequent gene identifications in the defined genomic areas became a reality, as in the CHARGE syndrome with the CHD7 gene, the 9q34 deletion syndrome with the EHMT1 gene and the 17q21.31 microdeletion syndrome with the KANSL1.

Subsequently, he was involved in the introduction of whole exome/genome sequencing which led to identification of the causative genes for Schinzel-Giedion syndrome, Bohring-Opitz syndrome, Cantu syndrome and de novo mutations in various genes for intellectual disability. In recent years the clinical interpretation of novel genetic mutations (genotype first approach) has led to extensive studies (clinical, functional and as animal models) leading to novel insights for various genes not only linked to ID but to autism as well, e.g. TDP2, DEAF1, NR2F1 and, respectively, ADNP and CHD8.

Since 2011, he is a Principal Investigator (PI) at the Radboud UMC which allows him to perform his research next to his clinical work. Previously, he received two personal grants from Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (Clinical Fellows, 2002 and VIDI 2007) and took part in various European projects (Ecaruca, Aneuploidy, GENCODYS) over the years. Recently his work was supported by a TOPsubsidy grant (2013) from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research.

Publications

Selection out over 200 papers:

1. Koolen DA, Pfundt R, Linda K, Beunders G, Veenstra-Knol HE, Conta JH, Fortuna AM, Gillessen-Kaesbach G, Dugan S, Halbach S, Abdul-Rahman OA, Winesett HM, Chung WK, Dalton M, Dimova PS, Mattina T, Prescott K, Zhang HZ, Saal HM, Hehir-Kwa JY, Willemsen MH, Ockeloen CW, Jongmans MC, Van der Aa N, Failla P, Barone C, Avola E, Brooks AS, Kant SG, Gerkes EH, Firth HV, Õunap K, Bird LM, Masser-Frye D, Friedman JR, Sokunbi MA, Dixit A, Splitt M; DDD Study, Kukolich MK, McGaughran J, Coe BP, Flórez J, Nadif Kasri N, Brunner HG, Thompson EM, Gecz J, Romano C, Eichler EE, de Vries BB. The Koolen-de Vries syndrome: a phenotypic comparison of patients with a 17q21.31 microdeletion versus a KANSL1 sequence variant. Eur J Hum Genet. 2015 Aug 26.

2. Andrews T, Meader S, Vulto-van Silfhout A, Taylor A, Steinberg J, Hehir-Kwa J, Pfundt R, de Leeuw N, de Vries BB, Webber C. Gene networks underlying convergent and pleiotropic phenotypes in a large and systematically-phenotyped cohort with heterogeneous developmental disorders. PLoS Genet. 2015 Mar 17;11(3):e1005012

3. van Bon BW, Coe BP, Bernier R, Green C, Gerdts J, Witherspoon K, Kleefstra T, Willemsen MH, Kumar R, Bosco P, Fichera M, Li D, Amaral D, Cristofoli F, Peeters H, Haan E, Romano C, Mefford HC, Scheffer I, Gecz J, de Vries BB, Eichler EE. Disruptive de novo mutations of DYRK1A lead to a syndromic form of autism and ID. Mol Psychiatry. 2015 Feb 24

4. Coe BP, Witherspoon K, Rosenfeld JA, van Bon BW, Vulto-van Silfhout AT, Bosco P, Friend KL, Baker C, Buono S, Vissers LE, Schuurs-Hoeijmakers JH, Hoischen A, Pfundt R, Krumm N, Carvill GL, Li D, Amaral D, Brown N, Lockhart PJ, Scheffer IE, Alberti A, Shaw M, Pettinato R, Tervo R, de Leeuw N, Reijnders MR, Torchia BS, Peeters H, Thompson E, O’Roak BJ, Fichera M, Hehir-Kwa JY, Shendure J, Mefford HC, Haan E, Gécz J, de Vries BB, Romano C, Eichler EE. Refining analyses of copy number variation identifies specific genes associated with developmental delay. Nat Genet. 2014 Oct;46(10):1063-71

5. Bernier R, Golzio C, Xiong B, Stessman HA, Coe BP, Penn O, Witherspoon K, Gerdts J, Baker C, Vulto-van Silfhout AT, Schuurs-Hoeijmakers JH, Fichera M, Bosco P, Buono S, Alberti A, Failla P, Peeters H, Steyaert J, Vissers LE, Francescatto L, Mefford HC, Rosenfeld JA, Bakken T, O’Roak BJ, Pawlus M, Moon R, Shendure J, Amaral DG, Lein E, Rankin J, Romano C, de Vries BB, Katsanis N, Eichler EE. Disruptive CHD8 mutations define a subtype of autism early in development. Cell. 2014 Jul 17;158(2):263-76.

6. Vulto-van Silfhout AT, Rajamanickam S, Jensik PJ, Vergult S, de Rocker N, Newhall KJ, Raghavan R, Reardon SN, Jarrett K, McIntyre T, Bulinski J, Ownby SL, Huggenvik JI, McKnight GS, Rose GM, Cai X, Willaert A, Zweier C, Endele S, de Ligt J, van Bon BW, Lugtenberg D, de Vries PF, Veltman JA, van Bokhoven H, Brunner HG, Rauch A, de Brouwer AP, Carvill GL, Hoischen A, Mefford HC, Eichler EE, Vissers LE, Menten B,Collard MW, de Vries BB. Mutations affecting the SAND domain of DEAF1 cause intellectual disability with severe speech impairment and behavioral problems. Am J Hum Genet. 2014 May 1;94(5):649-61.

7. Gómez-Herreros F, Schuurs-Hoeijmakers JH, McCormack M, Greally MT, Rulten S, Romero-Granados R, Counihan TJ, Chaila E, Conroy J, Ennis S, Delanty N, Cortés-Ledesma F, de Brouwer AP, Cavalleri GL, El-Khamisy SF, de Vries BB, Caldecott KW. TDP2 protects transcription from abortive topoisomerase activity and is required for normal neural function. Nat Genet. 2014 May;46(5):516-21.

8. Bosch DG, Boonstra FN, Gonzaga-Jauregui C, Xu M, de Ligt J, Jhangiani S, Wiszniewski W, Muzny DM, Yntema HG, Pfundt R, Vissers LE, Spruijt L, Blokland EA, Chen CA; Baylor-Hopkins Center for Mendelian Genomics, Lewis RA, Tsai SY, Gibbs RA, Tsai MJ, Lupski JR, Zoghbi HY, Cremers FP, de Vries BB, Schaaf CP. NR2F1 mutations cause optic atrophy with intellectual disability. Am J Hum Genet. 2014 Feb 6;94(2):303-9.

9. Schuurs-Hoeijmakers JH, Geraghty MT, Kamsteeg EJ, Ben-Salem S, de Bot ST, Nijhof B, van de Vondervoort II, van der Graaf M, Nobau AC, Otte-Höller I, Vermeer S, Smith AC, Humphreys P, Schwartzentruber J; FORGE Canada Consortium, Ali BR, Al-Yahyaee SA, Tariq S, Pramathan T, Bayoumi R, Kremer HP, van de Warrenburg BP, van den Akker WM, Gilissen C, Veltman JA, Janssen IM, Vulto-van Silfhout AT, van der Velde-Visser S, Lefeber DJ, Diekstra A, Erasmus CE, Willemsen MA, Vissers LE, Lammens M, van Bokhoven H, Brunner HG, Wevers RA, Schenck A, Al-Gazali L, de Vries BB, de Brouwer AP. Mutations in DDHD2, Encoding an Intracellular Phospholipase A(1), Cause a Recessive Form of Complex Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia. Am J Hum Genet. 2012 91(6):1073-81.

10. van Bon BW, Gilissen C, Grange DK, Hennekam RC, Kayserili H, Engels H, Reutter H, Ostergaard JR, Morava E, Tsiakas K, Isidor B, Le Merrer M, Eser M, Wieskamp N, de Vries P, Steehouwer M, Veltman JA, Robertson SP, Brunner HG, de Vries BB, Hoischen A. Cantú Syndrome Is Caused by Mutations in ABCC9. Am J Hum Genet. 2012 May 16

11. Koolen DA, Kramer JM, Neveling K, Nillesen WM, Moore-Barton HL, Elmslie FV, Toutain A, Amiel J, Malan V, Tsai AC, Cheung SW, Gilissen C, Verwiel ET, Martens S, Feuth T, Bongers EM, de Vries P, Scheffer H, Vissers LE, de Brouwer AP, Brunner HG, Veltman JA, Schenck A, Yntema HG, de Vries BB. Mutations in the chromatin modifier gene KANSL1 cause the 17q21.31 microdeletion syndrome. Nat Genet. 2012 Apr 29;44(6):639-41

12. Koolen DA, Dupont J, de Leeuw N, Vissers LE, van den Heuvel SP, Bradbury A, Steer J, de Brouwer AP, Ten Kate LP, Nillesen WM, de Vries BB, Parker MJ. Two families with sibling recurrence of the 17q21.31 microdeletion syndrome due to low-grade mosaicism.Eur J Hum Genet. 2012 Jul;20(7):729-33.

13. Hoischen A, van Bon BW, Rodríguez-Santiago B, Gilissen C, Vissers LE, de Vries P, Janssen I, van Lier B, Hastings R, Smithson SF, Newbury-Ecob R, Kjaergaard S, Goodship J, McGowan R, Bartholdi D, Rauch A, Peippo M, Cobben JM, Wieczorek D, Gillessen-Kaesbach G, Veltman JA, Brunner HG, de Vries BB. De novo nonsense mutations in ASXL1 cause Bohring-Opitz syndrome. Nat Genet. 2011 Jun 26;43(8):729-31

14. Vissers LE, de Ligt J, Gilissen C, Janssen I, Steehouwer M, de Vries P, van Lier B, Arts P, Wieskamp N, del Rosario M, van Bon BW, Hoischen A, de Vries BB, Brunner HG, Veltman JA. A de novo paradigm for mental retardation. Nat Genet. 2010 Dec;42(12):1109-12.

15. Hoischen A, van Bon BW, Gilissen C, Arts P, van Lier B, Steehouwer M, de Vries P, de Reuver R, Wieskamp N, Mortier G, Devriendt K, Amorim MZ, Revencu N, Kidd A, Barbosa M, Turner A, Smith J, Oley C, Henderson A, Hayes IM, Thompson EM, Brunner HG, de Vries BB, Veltman JA. De novo mutations of SETBP1 cause Schinzel-Giedion syndrome. Nat Genet. 2010 Jun;42(6):483-5.