Dr. Esther Habers

  • Internal Supervisor Thesis Clinical Neuropsychology

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 5236
E-Mail: g.e.a.habers@fsw.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen, Instituut Psychologie, Gezondheids, Medische- Neuropsychologie
Office Address: Pieter de la Court gebouw
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Room number 2A15

Esther Habers performed her PhD research (defence March 2015) at the Child Development and Exercise Center of the University Medical Center Utrecht. The studies presented in her PhD thesis were in the field of juvenile dermatomyositis, which is a rare systemic autoimmune disease affecting the microvasculature of the skeletal muscle and skin. The covered topics were immunology, muscle imaging techniques, exercise and training physiology, and (epi)genetics.

Since December 2014, she is working as internal thesis supervisor at the Health, Medical and Neuropsychology Unit. In her research she is especially interested in the circadian rhythm and the interaction between the brain and the nervous system, immune system, and endocrine system in chronic inflammatory diseases. 


  • PhD programme in pediatric rheumatology, University Medical Center Utrecht, the Netherlands (2015)

  • Research Master Fundamental and Clinical Human Movement Sciences (cum laude), VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands (2011)

  • Bachelor Human Movement Sciences (cum laude), VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands (2009)


Habers, G.E.A., van Brussel, M., Bhansing, K.J., Hoppenreijs, E.P., Janssen, A.J.W.M., van Royen-Kerkhof, A., Pillen, S. (2014). Quantitative muscle ultrasonography in the follow-up of juvenile dermatomyositis. Muscle Nerve (Epub ahead of print)

Habers, G.E.A., van Brussel, M., Langbroek-Amersfoort, A.C., van Royen-Kerkhof, A., Takken, T. (2012). Design of the muscles in motion study: a randomized controlled trial to evaluate the efficacy and feasibility of an individually tailored home-based exercise training program for children and adolescents with juvenile dermatomyositis. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 13:108.

Habers, G.E.A., de Knikker, R., van Brussel, M., Hulzebos, H.J., Stegeman, D.F., van Royen-Kerkhof, A., Takken, T. (2013). Near-infrared spectroscopy during exercise and recovery in children with juvenile dermatomyositis. Muscle Nerve. 47(1):108-15.

Habers, G.E.A. & Takken, T. (2011). Safety and efficacy of exercise training in patients with an idiopathic inflammatory myopathy - a systematic review. Rheumatology (Oxford), 50(11), 2113-24.

Last Modified: 14-01-2016