Dr. Hanno Pijl is an internist-endocrinologist at the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC). He is professor of Diabetology at the same institution since 2007. He practices internal medicine, and co-authored over 250 papers in peer reviewed scientific journals, primarily related to obesity and type 2 diabetes. He has been a member of the Dutch Health Council (standing committee on nutrition) from 2008-2016. He is former president (2014-2017) of the Dutch Obesity Partnership, an umbrella organization connecting all stakeholders involved in obesity care in the Netherlands. He currently co-chairs a joint effort of LUMC and the Dutch Organisation of Applied Science (TNO) to set up a knowledge and innovation center focusing on lifestyle interventions in health care. This initiative recently led to the establishment of the Dutch Institute of Lifestyle Medicine (

Periodic fasting: evolutionary perspectives explaining the clinical benefits

Dr. Pijl will address the indisputable role food scarcity has played in human evolution, because it explains the metabolic benefits which periodic (modified) fasting brings about. An ongoing study of the clinical effects of periodic use of a fasting mimicking diet in patients with type 2 diabetes will also be discussed.