dr. T.J. (Tom J.) Snijders

Associate Professor - medical

  • Neurologen

dr. T.J. (Tom J.) Snijders

Research Programs


T.J. (Tom) Snijders, PhD, completed his medical studies and his Neurology residency in the UMC Utrecht. During his training, he obtained a PhD-degree in the field of chronic pain medicine. He sub-specialized in Neuro-oncology during his residency.

Since 2011, he works as a neurologist in the UMC Utrecht. His practice encompasses all aspects of neuro-oncological patient care. His scientific work focuses on primary brain tumors, specifically gliomas. He is the co-coordinator, with prof. Elly Hol, of the Disease Area Neuro-oncology of the UMC Utrecht Brain Center.  He is co-supervisor of 4 completed or ongoing PhD-trajectories. He is also involved in providing and evaluating experimental treatments (international clinical trials) in the UMC Utrecht.

Research interests:

  • Validation and innovation of imaging techniques for brain tumors, including MRI-scans and PET-scans
  • Cognitive symptoms in glioma patients
  • Epilepsy due to brain tumors
  • Liquid biopsy in primary brain tumors
  • The multidisciplinary Team Neuro-Oncology of the UMC Utrecht aims to provide patients with the most recent innovative (experimental) treatments for brain tumors as part of clinical studies.

Side Activities

    • 2020-current Chairperson of the Scientific Day-committee of the Dutch Working Group Neuro-oncology (LWNO)
    • 2018-current Member of the Imaging committee of the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC)’s Brain tumor group.
    • 2014-current Committee Member of the Task Force on Bing Neel Syndrome of the 8th International Workshop on Waldenström’s Macroglobulinemia (IWWM8).
    • 2012-current Head of the Editorial board (‘redactieraad’) of (non-profit organisation & website for public awareness and education on brain tumors).
    • 2012-2015 Member and co-author (on behalf of the Dutch Neurological Society) of the Guideline committee ‘Meningioma’ of the National Working Group Meningioma.
    • 2003-2011 Resident member of the section Pain of the Dutch Neurological Association.

Research Output (61)

Dose-dependent volume loss in subcortical deep grey matter structures after cranial radiotherapy

Nagtegaal Steven H J, David Szabolcs, Philippens Marielle E P, Snijders Tom J, Leemans Alexander, Verhoeff Joost J C jan 2021, In: Clinical and translational radiation oncology. 26 , p. 35-41 7 p.

Effect of radiation therapy on cerebral cortical thickness in glioma patients:Treatment-induced thinning of the healthy cortex

Nagtegaal Steven H J, David Szabolcs, Snijders Tom J, Philippens Marielle E P, Leemans Alexander, Verhoeff Joost J C 10 jul 2020, In: Neuro-oncology advances. 2 8 p.

Effects of valproic acid on histone deacetylase inhibition in vitro and in glioblastoma patient samples

Berendsen Sharon, Frijlink Elselien, Kroonen Jèrôme, Spliet Wim G M, van Hecke Wim, Seute Tatjana, Snijders Tom J, Robe Pierre A 10 jul 2020, In: Neuro-oncology advances. 1 , p. vdz025

Radiological differences between subtypes of WHO 2016 grade II-III gliomas:a systematic review and meta-analysis

van Lent Djuno I, van Baarsen Kirsten M, Snijders Tom J, Robe Pierre A J T 10 jul 2020, In: Neuro-oncology advances. 2 , p. vdaa044

Interrelationships between molecular subtype, anatomical location, and extent of resection in diffuse glioma:a systematic review and meta-analysis

De Leeuw Beverly I, Van Baarsen Kirsten M, Snijders Tom J, Robe Pierre A J T 10 jul 2020, In: Neuro-oncology advances. 1 , p. vdz032

Neurocognitive changes after awake surgery in glioma patients:a retrospective cohort study

van Kessel Emma, Snijders Tom J, Baumfalk Anniek E, Ruis Carla, van Baarsen Kirsten M, Broekman Marike L, van Zandvoort Martine J E, Robe Pierre A 4 dec 2019, In: Journal of Neuro-Oncology. 146 , p. 97-109 13 p.

Cerebrospinal fluid lymphocytosis:a hallmark of neurological complications during checkpoint inhibition

Tonk EHJ (Erwin), Snijders TJ (Tom), Koldenhof JJ (José), van Lindert ASR (Anne), Suijkerbuijk KPM (Karijn) 1 nov 2019, In: European Journal of Cancer. 121 , p. 1-3 3 p.

Treatment of malignant gliomas with ketogenic or caloric restricted diets: A systematic review of preclinical and early clinical studies

Noorlag Lotte, De Vos Filip Y., Kok Annemieke, Broekman Marike L. D., Seute Tatjana, Robe Pierre A., Snijders Tom J. okt 2019, In: Clinical Nutrition. 38 , p. 1986-1994 9 p.

Comparing survival predicted by the diagnosis-specific Graded Prognostic Assessment (DS-GPA) to actual survival in patients with 1-10 brain metastases treated with stereotactic radiosurgery

Nagtegaal Steven, Claes An, Suijkerbuijk Karijn, Schramel Franz, Snijders Tom, Verhoeff Joost 1 sep 2019, In: Radiotherapy & Oncology. 138 , p. 173-179 7 p.


Berendsen S., Dalemans D., Draaisma K., Robe P. A., Snijders T. J. aug 2019, In: Neuro-Oncology. 21 , p. 64-64

All Research Output (61)