Ferdinand studied medicine at the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam and has worked as an HIV-treating physician in the Academic Medical Center since 1995. After obtaining his PhD from the University of Amsterdam in 2002, Ferdinand became the Director Science & Medical Affairs of the Amsterdam-based clinical research organisation IATEC. In 2007, Ferdinad became a senior researcher at the AMC-CPCD, which later became the AIGHD and the Department of Global Health of the Academic Medical Center. In 2015, he join Stichting HIV Monitoring as senior researcher.
Ferdinand has collaborated closely with the research groups of prof. Joep Lange and Peter Reiss and has supervised many junior researchers and doctoral students in Amsterdam and abroad. His main scientific interests are the epidemiology and treatment of HIV, specialising in observational cohort studies in the field of HIV. Recent work includes the epidemiology and pathogenesis of HIV-related non-communicable diseases in the population of people living with HIV.
Patterns of Co-occurring comorbidities in people living with HIV
Francesco D, Verboeket SO, Underwood J, Bagkeris E, Wit FW, Mallon PWG, Winston A, Reiss P, Sabin CA; Pharmacokinetic and clinical observations in PeoPle Over fiftY (POPPY) study and the AGEhIV cohort study.
Open Forum Infect Dis. 2018 Oct 24;5(11):ofy272. doi: 10.1093/ofid/ofy272. eCollection 2018 Nov.
Do people living with HIV experience greater age advancement than their HIV-negative counterparts?
De Francesco D, Wit F, Bürkle A, Oehlke S, Kootstra N, Winston A, Franceschi C, Garagnani P, Pirazzini C, Libert C, Grune T, Weber D, Jansen E, Sabin C, Reiss P, on behalf of the the Co-morBidity in Relation to AIDS (COBRA) Collaboration
AIDS: February 1, 2019 - Volume 33 - Issue 2 - p 259–268
The older HIV patient in the Netherlands [In Dutch]
Verheij E, van Zoest RA, van der Valk M, Wit FW, Reiss P.
Ned Tijdschr Geneeskd. 2018 Jul 5;162. pii: D2886.
No evidence for accelerated ageing-related brain pathology in treated HIV: longitudinal neuroimaging results from the Comorbidity in Relation to AIDS (COBRA) project
Cole JH, Caan MWA, Underwood J, De Francesco D, van Zoest RA, Wit FWNM, Mutsaerts HJMM, Leech R, Geurtsen GJ, Portegies P, Majoie CBLM, Schim van der Loeff MF, Sabin CA, Reiss P, Winston A, Sharp DJ; COBRA collaboration.
Clin Infect Dis. 2018 Jan 4. doi: 10.1093/cid/cix1124. [Epub ahead of print]
Structural brain abnormalities in successfully treated HIV infection: associations with disease and cerebrospinal fluid biomarkers
Van Zoest RA, Underwood J, De Francesco D, Sabin CA, Cole JH, Wit FW, Caan MWA, Kootstra NA, Fuchs D, Zetterberg H, Majoie CBLM, Portegies P, Winston A, Sharp DJ, Gisslén M1, Reiss P; Co-morBidity in Relation to AIDS (COBRA) Collaboration.
J Infect Dis. 2017 Oct 24. doi: 10.1093/infdis/jix553. [Epub ahead of print]
Cardiovascular disease prevention policy in human immunodeficiency virus: Recommendations from a modeling study
Smit M, van Zoest RA, Nichols BE, Vaartjes I, Smit C, van der Valk M, van Sighem A, Wit FW, Hallett TB, Reiss P; Netherlands AIDS Therapy Evaluation in The Netherlands (ATHENA) Observational HIV Cohort.
CID 2018 Feb 10;66(5):743-750. doi: 10.1093/cid/cix858.