Eelco de Koning is professor of diabetology at the Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands. He received his medical doctorate at the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands, and subsequently started research into islet biology and pathology as PhD student at the Diabetes Research Laboratories in Oxford (1991-1994). He was board certified in endocrinology in 2001. He was also a visiting scientist in the group of Susan Bonner-Weir and Gordon Weir at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston (2004-2005).
Upon his return he established a clinical islet isolation and transplantation program in the Netherlands and he is the leading endocrinologist for the pancreas transplantation program at the LUMC. He is head of the clinical diabetes center. Major clinical interests include integration of beta cell transplantation options (pancreas and islet transplantation programs) with advanced technology. He heads a combined basis and clinical research group focused on improving human islet isolation and transplantation, clinical outcome of islet and pancreas transplantation and innovative regenerative therapies. He is past-president of the European Pancreas and Islet Transplantation Association (EPITA) and a full member of IPITA.