For two and a half years Professor Peter Pickkers did his Ph.D research at the Department of Internal Medicine at the Radboudumc and the Department of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics at St. Mary’s Hospital in London into the vasodilating effects of diuretics, resulting in a thesis entitled “Vascular effects of diuretics”
In 2001 he became a fellow in intensive care and in 2003 a staff member. In 2006 he became a senior lecturer, in 2009 a Principle Investigator at the UMC St. Radboud, and in 2010 full professor of Experimental Intensive Care Medicine. He was a member of the national SWAB committee on sepsis guidelines, a member of the scientific committee of the Dutch Society of Intensive Care. He is member of the editorial boards of Netherlands Journal of Critical Care, Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde, and Intensive Care Medicine Experimental.
His research focuses on pharmacological modulation of the innate immune response in translational models and patients. This research entails both the modulation of the innate immune response, as well as end-organ dysfunction, with a primary focus on the kidney