Marinka Twilt

Dr. Marinka Twilt

Pronouns: she/her


Associate Professor

Cumming School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics

Full Member

McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health

Child Health & Wellness Researcher

Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute

Full Member

O'Brien Institute for Public Health

Full Member

The Calvin, Phoebe and Joan Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases

Contact information

Web presence

Phone number

403-9557771 - admin: 403-955-7698


Educational Background

Doctor of Medicine Medicine, Erasmus University Rotterdam, 2001

Doctor of Philosophy Medicine, Erasmus University Rotterdam, 2006

M.S. Medicine, Erasmus University Rotterdam, 1999

M.S. Clinical Epidemiology, Netherlands Institute for Health Evaluative Sciences, 2005


Areas of Research

pediatric rheumatology

Development of personalized medicine strategies for children with rheumatic diseases through research and innovation.


TMJ inflammation is a common finding in patients with rheumatic diseases. Clinical examination is limited and MRI contrast enhanced imaging is necessary to differentiate acute inflammation from damage. I am involved and lead several studies in the area of TMJ arthritis including: international guideline development, co-lead the OMERACT TMJ interest group, JIA associated TMJ arthritis clinical and radiology studies and artificial intelligence support in MRI evaluation. 

Immune-Mediated Disorders

We have established a complex immune dysregulation team to advance the care of children and adults with rare immune-mediated disorders. The team has established a virtual clinic to advance innovative genetic and functional testing for patients with rare autoinflammatory and immune dysregulatory diseases. This clinic has been pivotal in accelerating the diagnostic process for patient with rare diseases and enables earlier instigation of personalized medicine. 

Participation in university strategic initiatives


  • award, 2016
  • award, 2015
  • award, 2014
  • award, 2013
  • award, 2012
  • award, 2011
  • award, 2010