Errol Prens obtained his MD degree in 1981 at the University of Groningen and became a certified Dermatologist in 1985 after receiving his training in the department of Dermatology Erasmus University in Rotterdam. He joined the department of Immunology of the Erasmus MC for research on skin inflammation, resulting in his thesis ‘Immunopathophysiology of psoriasis; studies on accessory cells, cytokines and their receptors’, Erasmus University Rotterdam (1992). Certification as an Immunologist followed in 1993 (SMWBO). He combined his position as a postdoctoral fellow and leader of the Experimental Immunodermatology group in the department of Immunology of the Erasmus MC, with his clinical tasks as an all-round dermatologist.
In 2005, he was appointed Professor of Experimental Dermatology. Errol Prens is an author of more than 125 peer-reviewed papers and is on the editorial board of international dermatology journals, as well as being a reviewer for several international dermatology and immunology journals.
For many years now, he has been a ‘pro-bono’ medical advisor of the Netherlands Psoriasis Society, the Netherlands Hidradenitis Suppurativa patients organization, advisor/editor of their monthly magazine Psoriasis. He is also councillor of the International Psoriasis Council and a board member of the European Hidradenitis Suppurativa Foundation.
Errol Prens is co-founder and former president of the Dutch Society for Experimental Dermatology, and member of the scientific committee of the international congress ‘Psoriasis – From Gene to Clinic’ held in London, UK, every 3 years.