Institute: Utrecht WHO CC for Pharmaceutical Policy
Function: Research Associate
To bring expertise together from different regions and from different backgrounds and create a strong platform for pharmaceutical policy research.
Education and experience:
Rianne van den Ham was trained as a pharmacist and epidemiologist at Utrecht University. During her study she developed an interest for pharmacoepidemiology and pharmaceutical policy making and was given the opportunity to do a research internship at the World Health Organization (WHO), Geneva on Essential Medicines under the supervision of Richard Laing. After graduation, she temporarily worked as a pharmacist in the pharmacy of the St. Antonius Hospital, Nieuwegein.
In 2011 she started as a PhD student at the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Clinical Pharmacology of the Utrecht Institute for Pharmaceutical Sciences, The Netherlands, supervised by Prof. Bert Leufkens, Prof. Tjeerd van Staa and Prof. Olaf Klungel. Rianne combined her position as a PhD-student with teaching in the European Program for Pharmacovigilance and Pharmacoepidemiology (Eu2P) in the field of medicines benefit-risk assessment. After completing her thesis in 2016 entitled: “Benefits and risks for the individual: anticoagulation for patients with atrial fibrillation” she was appointed as a junior assistant professor at the same division. She teaches in the Pharmacy master programme and the Eu2P e-learning master. She currently holds the position of research associate at the WHO Collaborating Centre on Pharmaceutical Policy and Regulation. Her research interests are drug regulatory science, variation in medicine use across countries and access to medicines.