Rachèl van Hellemondt is
a university lecturer and
the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC).
She was trained to be a (psychiatric) nurse.
After graduating in 1993, she continued working as a (psychiatric) nurse.
She provided mental health care for children and adolescents suffering from eating disorders,
amongst others at the University Medical Center Utrecht (UMC).
In the period from 2001 to 2009, she held several positions in youth care.
In 2002 she began studying part-time for her Bachelor in Law.
In August 2008 she received her Master's degree in
Constitutional and Administrative Law,
after which she started her PhD thesis project: ‘Genomics and the Law’
which was completed this year.
Rachel’s main areas of interest are health law, children’s rights & human rights.
These interests have kept her quite busy.
She has been a member of the research team carrying out the interdisciplinary study on patients' self-determination
(with Leiden Law School and Leiden University Medical Center)
Rachèl is a member of the Medical Ethics Review Committee of LUMC
and of the Dutch Forum for Biotechnology and Genetics
(on behalf of the Dutch Association for Health Law)
She is a board member of the Dutch Association for Community Genetics
and Public Health Genomics (NACGG)
And an alternate secretary of the board of medical examiners Amsterdam
(Regionaal Tuchtcollege Gezondheidszorg Amsterdam).
Rachèl has a story to tell.