Prof. Dr. Joost PH Drenth is a Hepatologist and the current chair of the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology of the Radboudumc, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. He serves as an Editor of the “Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde”. His research interest covers the molecular background of (inherited) gastrointestinal diseases. His research interests include polycystic liver disease, auto-immune hepatitis and hepatitis C. He aims to translate results from basic science into clinical reality. He received his medical degree from the University of Maastricht. He was trained as an Internist and Gastroenterologist at the Radboudumc. He was a clinical research fellow with the Dutch Scientific Organisation and obtained his PhD thesis on hyper-IgD and periodic fever syndrome (HIDS) cum laude. He obtained a Royal Netherlands Academy of Art and Sciences fellowship to stay for 2 years at the NIH, USA where he cloned the gene for polycystic liver disease. He is the recipient of the 2012 “Karel Lodwijk Verleijsen” prize of the Belgian Academy of Arts en Sciences. He serves as member and chairman of a number of committees of professional organisations at the national as well as the European level, most notably the European Gastroenterology Federation (UEG) (Vienna Austria).