Curriculum Vitae

Short introduction to
my current medical activities

Assistant professor Eddy M. van der Velden, MA, RD, DDSD. Born in the fifties in Rotterdam.

Descendant of a famous Dutch family of art painters (e.g. Jacob van der Velde 1521, Jan van den Velde 1568, Esaias van de Velde 1590) and medical doctors, dating back to the 15th century. Coming from this family and being encouraged by my father and family it seemed a logical step to try and find some unifying factor between the plastic arts and medicine. Being an art painter by profession, with a special interest in the art of medicine and history, I set out to investigate the field of medical tattooing and its applications.

The development of what has come to be termed ‘dermatography’ over the past 25 years could only be accomplished by the opportunity to attend the teachings in classical tattooing techniques (1980-86) of Mitsuaki Owada (Horikin I), an artisan in Japanese traditional body art, and of professor Tadashi Iizawa. After the completion of these studies the honorific title of Horikin III was received.

Eddy M. van der Velden has been working as a researcher, practioner, lecturer and trainer during the last 25 years in a number of (academic) hospitals in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Italy,Israel, Brazil,Birma,Vietnam and Nepal. He has researched and developed the medical applications of tattooing techniques now called dermatography and keratography, which have been accepted as a new medical sub-specialism.

Van der Velden has performed over 53.000 dermatography and over 6.500 keratography treatments since 1980. He has been practicing and conducting research of the applications of dermatography in several medical disciplines, at departments of cranio-oral-maxillo- and facial surgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery, ophthalmology, dermatology, oncology and urology in several hospitals (see below), and recently at the Brain Research consortium for Advanced Interdisciplinary & Innoative Neuromudulation. Antwerpen-Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago, New Zealand (BRAI²N)p, where he is performing studies on new therapeutical applications of dermatography.

Research of innovative and experimental dermatography:
Dermatography with 5-Fu may be considered as a very useful alternative for the treatment of subdermal and subcutaneous fibrosis, as well as for other types of skin retractions and deformities caused by said fibrosis. The results of dermatography with low concentrations of a solution of 5-Fu have been proved clinically and histopathologically effective in reducing excessive production of collagen and favouring the reorganization of scar fibres.

Over the last 5 years, research has been conducted on the dermatography treatment with 5-Fu of therapy-resistant trigeminus neuralgia, other neuropathies, granulomas and epicondylitis. The preliminary results of this research with a long follow-up are very promising.

Other dermatology treatment modalities are using active substances – cytostatica such as bleomycin, other substances such as interleukine, interferon, nor-adrenalin and BCG – and the role of inflammation suppressors such as 5-Fluorouracil and others will be the subject of further research. It is estimated that in the future dermatography may become an important vaccination method for a range of disorders including skin tumours and for increasing the activity of the immune system in other tumours.

Van der Velden is holding or has been holding research, practitioner and teaching posts at:
● Clinic for Medical and Esthetical Dermatography, Arnhem, the Netherlands (1984-present ).
● Director Research Institute for Experimental Dermatography ( 2010-present ).
● Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, M&CS Electronics Research Laboratory Biomedical Electronics Group ( 2009-present ).
● Brain Research consortium for Advanced Interdisciplinary & Innoative Neuromudulation. Antwerpen-Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago, New Zealand (BRAI²N) (2005 - present).
● AZ Monica and Klina, Antwerp, Belgium dept. Cranio-Oral-Maxillo and Facial surgery (1992-present ).
● Tilganga Eye Centre, Kathmandu, Nepal (1995-present ).
● Barzilai Medical Center, Ashkelon, Israel. dept. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
The Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Beer-Sheba, Israel. Dept. of Plastic and Oral-Maxillofacial Surgery (1993-present ).
● Ludwig Maximilian University Munich, Germany, dept. Ophthalmology (1996-present ).
● The Eye-hospital Rotterdam,The Netherlands Cornea dept. (1995-2008 ).
● Academic Medical Center (AMC) Amsterdam, the Netherlands dept.Ophthalmology (1990-1994 ).
● Academic Hospital Dijkzigt (Erasmus MC) dept. Dermato-Venereology, and dept.Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (1988-1996 ).
● Universitary Medical Center ( UMC ) Utrecht, the Netherlands dept. Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery (1986-2006 ).
● He is a visiting lecturer at the Surgery Specialist Course of the Dutch Surgery Society (1997-present).

Medical publications about dermatography and keratography authored by Van der Velden:
● 133 articles in International Medical Journals.
● Medical publications in Japanese: 8 articles.
● Contributions as an author to several medical book publications 14 chapters in English, Japanese, Chinese, Portuguese, Nepali, German, Ivrit and Italian.
● Contributions as an author to several medical book publications 6 in Dutch.
● Contribution as an author to The Mosby Year Book of Dermatologic Surgery 1996.
● Contributions as an co-author in international medical and technical journals with the SINs group ( Small Implantable Neuro Stimulators ), 9 articles ( 2010-present).
● Peer-reviewer for several international medical journals.
● He is a Global authority and researcher in Pre-Historic /Paleontology and Forensic Medicine.
● More than 391 Lectures worldwide about Dermatography /Keratography.

He is lector and visitor professor on several Universitys: In Israel,Germany,Belgium,Italy,Nepal,Brazil,Birma,Vietnam,and teach doctors for the profession of Dermatography and Keratography in several Academic Hospitals in the Netherlands and foreign countries.

In 1996, Eddy van der Velden and dr. Jan Kok founded the Cornea Eye Bank in Nepal for the purpose of collecting corneas left to medical science by deceased persons and preparing these in the Tilganga Eye Hospital laboratory to be used as cornea transplants subsequently. Donations made by the dr.Jan Kok Foundation have made it possible to prepare over 150 of such cornea transplants every year, which are being sent free of charge to other developing countries in Sout-East Asia on request.

Additionally, Van der Velden commenced training ophthalmologists in 1996 to treat leucoma cornea patients by means of keratography (medical eye tattooing). This procedure enables the often young patients to get rid of the stigmatizing effect of a discoloured cornea, thus enabling them to resume a decent existence in their society. At present between 75 and 125 keratography treatments are performed anually, with the Van der Velden Foundation providing the necessary medical supplies.

In 2005 Eddy van der Velden and Prof.dr.Dirk De Ridder have initiated the project for the innovation of neuromodulation.The newly developed technique involves the application of microchips fed by miniature batteries which are charged using the energy of the patient’s body.The neuromodulations controls are implemented using Smart phones through a process that was developed in cooperation with Delft Technical University the Netherlands, www.braininnovations.nl

Van der Velden is Honorary en Visiting Professor and medical researcher and he coordinates the members of the SINs group Small Implantable Neurostimulators, Brain Research consortium for Advanced Interdisciplinary & Innoative Neuromudulation. Antwerpen-Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago, New Zealand (BRAI²N), and Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, M&CS Electronics Research Laboratory Biomedical Electronics Group ( 2009-present ).

Van der Velden is a:
● Founder and board member of the Dutch Society of Dermatography (1993-present);
● Board member of the Dutch Specialist Register for Dermatography (1995-present);
● Owner Medicer® and Pharmacer® Arnhem, The Netherlands. Medical Supplies, a.o. Edulazalf® (1990 - present);
● Owner Rainbowcolors® Arnhem, The Netherlands. Medical Colorpigments® (1995 – present);
● Director of the Clinic for Medical and Esthetical Dermatography, Arnhem, the Netherlands (1984-present);
● Director Research Institute for Experimental Dermatography ( 2010-present );
● Honorary member of the Japan Tattoo Art Association (1985-present);
● Honorary citizen of the town of Coban, Guatemala (31 October 1993);
● Secretary general for Europa of the Comité de Defensa de la Clave, Havana, Cuba (1989-present);
● Secretary The European Danzón Orchestra, The Danzón Institute the Netherlands (1999 – present);
● Treasurer of the European Cleft Lip and Palate Foundation ECLPF The Netherlands/Belgium (2004-present);
● Member of the Society for Japanese Arts (1990-present);
Member of the New York Academy of Sciences (1999-present);
● Member of the World Intellectual Property Organization (2000-present).

Social initiatives and Art projects
● Eddy van der Velden, Theo Driessen: Foundation of Action group ‘2 Ounces Want To Be 1 kilo’. August 1971
● Eddy van der Velden, Theo Driessen: Action group 2 Ounces, ‘Vietnam action’. Maas en Roerbode newspaper, September 1971
● Eddy van der Velden, Theo Driessen: Action group 2 Ounces, ‘Foreign Workers Too’, 3000 visitors at the Roermond Christmas celebration. Maas en Roerbode newspaper, December 1971
● Eddy van der Velden, Theo Driessen and others: Foundation of the Youth Counselling Centre (JAC ) Roermond, 1970-1972
● Eddy van der Velden and others: membership of Roermond Youth Counsel, advisory committee for the Roermond City Council, 1971-1972
● Eddy van der Velden, Frank van Eindhoven: opening of ‘Gemini’ free Art Gallery, Roermond, 1972-1973
● Eddy van der Velden, Frans Jongmans: founders of City Decoration; commission by Gelderland province for ‘In Space and Future’, 10x10 m mural painting for Arnhem Film Festival, 1975
● Eddy van der Velden: foundation of K 74 Art Gallery for students of the Arnhem Arts Academy, 1974-1977
● Eddy van der Velden: opening of South-Moluccan restaurant ‘Black and White’, Arnhem, 1977-1978
● Eddy van der Velden, Marte Roling, Quintus Jan Telting and others: Art Exchange for the 4th Centennial of the United States of America, Exhibition at the Boston Museum of fine arts, 1979-80
● Eddy van der Velden, Leo den Dulk and others, co-founders of ‘Aid for violent crime-victims’ in cooperation with the Ministry of Justice and the Arnhem Volunteers centre, 1983
● Eddy van der Velden, Leo den Dulk and others, co-founders of the Arnhem branch of the ‘Society for Education, Arts and Sciences’, 1983-1985
● Eddy van der Velden, Leo den Dulk, founders of ‘Musashi’ dojo for Japanese martial arts ( kendo, iaido, jodo), Arnhem 1985-1989