CARIM Newsletter October 2021

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This newsletter contains information on the following subjects:
  • Pelerin Pitch prize
  • Call HS-BAFTA 
  • Awardees
  • Launch first LMNA HF Foundation
  • Leonardo DiCaprio & Mosa Meat 
  • Flourish Maastricht
  • Thrombosis foundation awards 3 CARIM researchers
  • New board Division Heart
  • Who's new?!
  • Boost your Wellbeing for PhD - Students
  • NEW: M&C morning sessions
  • Bake sale
  • Academic Events
  • Paramount Papers
  • Cardiovascular grand rounds 
  • The FAIR coffee lecture
  • CARIM symposium -24 november
  • Cavaris: save your old applications
  • Lectures, symposia & events
  • Grant application - CARIM Research council
  • 2021 Cytometry Flow Course
  • Joint Dutch German Vascular Biology meeting
  • Grants Grace

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Contributions for the newsletter (e.g. news of events and grants, important publications, societial impact related topics and research results related to CARIM's research) can be sent to Please submit the text in English and include a short title. The text should be max. 200 words. If applicable, include high resolution pictures and other documents.

If you have a top publication or a translational development worth mentioning, please contact CARIM

Pélerìn Pitchprize vote now! 

The Pélerìn Foundation, Since 1996, the Pélerìn Foundation has awarded the Pélerìn Science Prize to the best research carried out by a senior doctor or PhD student in the Maastricht University Medical Centre. The aim of the symposium is to stimulate young doctor-researchers and creates the opportunity to present scientific research. This year the symposium will take place on 6 October from 17:30 with the theme: Choose or Share? The livestream of the Pelerin symposium can be followed on:

Mohammed Ghossein is a medical researcher at the Department of Cardiology, and in two minutes he explains his research to you. This year, Mohammed is a candidate for the Pélerìn Pitch Prize 2021. Would you like to see Mohammed on stage on Wednesday 6 October? Then leave a like on YouTube here ! The pitch with the most likes on YouTube will receive the Pélerìn Pitchprijs on 6 October.


Call HS- BAFTA Grant Talented PhD candidates

The fellowship is meant to support PhD students who want to spend time abroad during their PhD in order to gain experience and improve their chances in receiving a personal grant (i.e. Rubicon; Veni) after their PhD. The fellowship amounts to € 7,500 based on actual costs of max. € 1,000 for living allowance per month and travel costs, for a period of max. 6 months. The fellowship can be performed during any period within the PhD trajectory.
These grants will be enabled through our ‘Harry Struijker-Boudier award for talented academics’ (HS-BAFTA). 

Deadline 1 november 2021 

The HS BAFTA fellowships are strictly personal and cannot be transferred to other persons

More information via this weblink


Kim Maassen received a Young Investigator Award during the 38th International Symposium on Diabetes and Nutrition (DNSG 2021). She was rewarded for the best Oral Communication. During this symposium she presented their work on the associations of a higher habitual intake of dietary methylglyoxal with less low-grade inflammation, and with impaired retinal microvascular function in The Maastricht Study. 

Armand Linkens received the best Short Presentation Award at the 14th congress of the International Maillard Reaction Society (IMARS14) with a presentation entitled: “The effect of a 4-week diet low and high in AGEs on insulin sensitivity and secretion, vascular function, and markers of low-grade inflammation and endothelial dysfunction of abdominally obese individuals – preliminary results from the deAGEing trial”.  

Launch of the first LMNA HF foundation in the world 

Rogier Veltrop (Department of Biochemistry, Schurgers Lab) founded the first foundation dedicated to LMNA with a cardiac phenotype. Together with Stefan Bassant (who also carries an LMNA mutation), he reaches out to patients and scientists to provide them with a platform to read the latest discoveries, understand cardiac laminopathy background, organizing patient meetings and building patient's and scientific networks. Several key leaders in the world on LMNA have been contacted and the responses were overwhelming.
Rogier Veltrop has been on the news several times and has won various grants/awards for his LMNA research. In Stefan he has found an ideal partner to accelerate his life's work. All news from Veltrop's research will be communicated through the foundation website. Patients (and families) who suffer from an LMNA mutation causing heart failure, can subscribe to the newsletter to remain up to date. Scientists can also subscribe to join the network, which will focus on the battle against cardiac laminopathy. Cardiologists and clinical geneticists are encouraged to reach out to Rogier to discuss next steps.
It's time to speed up the research and cure cardiomyopathy caused by LMNA: 

Leonardo DiCaprio & Mosa Meat

In 2021, environmental activist and Academy Award winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio joined Mosa Meat as an advisor and investor.

“Mosa Meat pioneered a cleaner, kinder way of making real beef with the world’s first cultivated beef burger in 2013,” he said on the day of the announcement. “I’m honored to join them as advisor and investor as they now prepare to bring cultivated beef to market for all those who crave change.”

You can read more about this partnership with Leonardo here

Flourish Maastricht

Who We Are
Flourish Maastricht is a group of like-minded volunteers and members of the UM/MUMC+ community committed to promoting academic mental health.
Our Vision
To create healthy work environments for academics at all stages in all disciplines at Maastricht University (UM)/Maastricht University Medical Center (MUMC+)
Our Mission
To build a UM/MUMC+ community of volunteers, educators, and experts who are dedicated to promoting academic mental health and reducing stigma within academic environments across campus and hospital communities of Maastricht University.
We are assembling a UM/MUMC+ community interest group to promote academic mental health across all career stages and professions. To achieve our goals in support of scientists, clinicians, and academics, we plan to:
● Increase mental health literacy of the group and in the community overall
● Learn from and collaborate on innovative mental health programs and research
● Perform a needs assessment of existing resources, support programs, and services
● Partner with campus/hospital clinical services and other community groups engaged in promoting mental health and neurodiversity
● Partner with UM/MUMC+ leaders and organizations to identify and address opportunities to improve academic mental health.

Are you interested in participating in this group? Contact us so that we can keep in touch about upcoming meeting plans, where you will have an opportunity to share your ideas towards achieving our shared vision. We’ll host our first meeting in October.
Please click here to add your contact information to receive updates.
For additional questions about this initiative:
Please contact Anna Schueth, Tiffany Leung, or Mark Kawakami: and

Thrombosis foundation awards 3 CARIM researchers with scholarships  

Every year, the Thrombosis Foundation organises a funding round for research projects in the area of thrombosis. The following research projects from CARIM are carried out with funding from the Dutch Thrombosis Foundation.

Research leader: Prof. Dr. Leon Schurgers 

Patient-centred anticoagulation by 'Virchow's Organoid

To understand thrombosis 100%, we need to look at all three causes at the same time. According to Virchow's triad, they are: delayed blood flow, change in the vessel wall and change in the composition of the blood. At present, thrombosis is measured in a tube of blood. With the development of 'Virchow's Organoid', we can also analyse the two other components that influence it. By looking at all three components, it will be possible to safely tailor anticoagulants to a patient's needs. Moreover, this method opens the door to the development of new, better anticoagulants.

Watch Prof. Leon Schurgers' own explanation of his research here



Research leader: Dr. Rory Koenen

The interaction between inflammation and anticoagulation

It is known that certain (inflammatory) reactions of the body, such as atrial fibrillation or coronary infection, increase the risk of thrombosis. Neutrophils, a type of white blood cell, play a crucial role in thrombosis as an inflammatory response by forming so-called 'neutrophil extracellular traps' (NETs). Inactivation of a specific enzyme can combat thrombosis in these cases. This may be a lead-in point for new anticoagulation methods without the additional risk of bleeding


Research leader: Dr. Gerry Nicolaes 

The role of histone proteins in the development of thrombosis

Research into the development of cell and tissue damage and thrombosis in patients with heart attack, cancer and trauma. What role do histones (a type of protein) play? And: the anticoagulant protein APC can render histones harmless. How does this process work, which factors influence it, and what are the effects on the ability of histones to cause thrombosis? 

New board Division Heart 

there is a new composition of the board of the heart division. 
The new members are:
  • Kevin Vernooy
  • Paula da Costa Martins 
  • Miranda Nabben
  • Vanessa van Empel 
  • Joost Lumens
  • Jordi Heijman
  • Sander Verheule

Who's New?!

I will start working for CARIM as a financial consultant at 1 October.
My name is Jacqueline Roufs-Scheepers and I’m 35 years old. I live in Meerssen with my husband Nick, my two sons Jip & Daan (8 and 6 years old) and our dog Vita. In my spare time I like to walk with our dog. I also like sports especially running and cycling. My goal for the future is to run a marathon. I have been working for 12 years as an assistant-accountant at several big and small accountancy firms and now it’s time for a new adventure. I’m really looking forward to this new challenge at CARIM.
On 24 august at 17.18 hour Tara gave birth to a beautiful daughter named Nina. She weighed 2970 gram and was 49 cm long at birth. The brand new family is doing well. 
We congratulate Tara and Ruud with the birth of Nina and wish them a lot of happiness together.
I am Minsi Cai and I am now a PhD candidate under the supervision of Prof. Jordi Heijman. I previously got my Master degree of Internal Medicine at Peking Union Medical College in Beijing, China. And I focused on clinical problems regarding cardiac pacing and arrhythmia, especially for patients with cardiac resynchronization therapy. Due to my interest in cardiac arrhythmia and computer science, my future PhD project will be a multidisciplinary topic, which will try to simulate and model a cohort of atrial fibrillation in the real world via computers. This might be really important and helpful to AF screening and prognostic evaluation.

Boost your wellbeing for PhD-students

As a PhD-student you are vulnerable regarding (mental) health and wellbeing, despite your talents. If you want to give your wellbeing a boost, and increase your resilience towards the demands of a PhD-trajectory, including developing skills, then a free one morning course is available at the Career Centre on October 19th: Boost your wellbeing.

Click here for more information.



FHML Marketing Communication is starting a new pilot project. We are offering marketing communication-related workshops for FHML staff. This is a series of monthly relevant workshops that are needed by researchers, PhDs and the communication staff of the schools and institutes.

We offer the following 6 workshops:

Sharing knowledge and transferring expertise. With information and tips and tricks we strengthen your communication power. We support your communication needs or already started initiatives to profile yourself or your school/institute/research.
Support with specific questions and needs relating to one of the above themes. 
Learning from and strengthening each other.

We would like to start with a workshop for the communication officers of the schools and institutes (one per school), in combination with a researcher or PhD from your school/institute, selected by you. This first workshop will be given in Dutch. Afterwards, we will open up the workshops to all FHML researchers and PhDs, also in English.

LOCATION: UNS 40 6th floor room no. 6.538

You will learn about the most important social media channels and (usage) possibilities to communicate your story (or the story of your team or research group).
You will be able to set clear social media goals for reaching your social network.
You know which target groups are represented in which social media
You learn to create stimulating and relevant content with which you can reach and activate your target groups.

Register before 8 October 2021 by sending an email to with the name of the communication officer of the PhD. First come, first serve. 
Structurally, we will continue to offer the workshops every 2nd Wednesday of the month (in the future possibly more often depending on need) to give everyone the opportunity to participate.

Bake sale

On 30 September a spontaneous bake sale was initiated by Myrthe Willemars, PhD student from the Cardiac Genetics and Metabolism group. Other PhD students Fang Wang and Francesco Schianchi, post-doc Li-Yen Wong and analyst Agnieszka Strzelecka helped with baking. In total over 350 euro was raised for the Hartstichting.  


Academic Events

PhD Conferral Maria Piazza, 4 October, 13.00 hours 
Supervisors: Prof. C. Schalkwijk, Prof. G. Rossi (University of Padua, Italy)
co-supervisor: Prof. T. Seccia (Padua), Dr. N. Hanssen (AMC)
Title: ovel aspects of the Renin-Angiotensin-Aldosterone System; A focus on hyperaldosteronism and glycation

PhD Conferral Nienke Eijsvoogel, 5 October, 16.00 hours
Supervisors: Prof. J. Wildberger, Prof M. Das (Helios Klinikum, Duisburg,Germany)
Title: Optimisation of scan and injection protocols to the individual patient in CT angiography

Farewell lecture, Prof. M. Paul 7 October 15.30 hours online
Title: Learning to lead - a Maastricht experience

Inaugural lecture : P. da Costa Martins, 8 October 2021, 16.30 hours
Title: Little messages, big hearts 

PhD Conferral Floris van den Brink , 20 October, 13.00 hours 
Supervisors: Prof. A. van 't Hof, Prof J. ten Berg
Title: Intra-cardiac infections, coronary interventions and mechanical circulatory support

PhD Conferral Yuri Declan Foreman, 20 October, 16.00 hours 
Supervisors: Prof.C. Stehouwer, Prof M. Brouwers, Prof N. Schaper
Title: the measurement and consequences of daily glucose variability; a meaningful addition to the mean?

PhD Conferral Dongmei Yin, 27 October, 10.00 hours Online
Supervisors: Prof.H. ten Cate, Prof K. Devreese (Ghent University, Belgium)
Co-Supervisors: Dr. B. de Laat
Title: Evaluation and optimalisation of laboratory criteria for APS diagnosis

PhD Conferral Sahab Abtahi, 28 October, 14.00 hours 
Supervisors: Prof.F. de Vries, Prof. A. Boonen
Title: Osteoporotic Fractures: Relation to Mortality, Medication Use, and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Inaugural lecture: K. Vernooy - 12 November 2021, 16.30 hour

Paramount Papers

Social networks and type 2 diabetes: a narrative review

It has been known for decades that social networks are causally related to disease and mortality risk. However, this field of research and its potential for implementation into diabetes care is still in its infancy. In this narrative review, we aim to address the state-of-the-art of social network research in type 2 diabetes prevention and care. Despite the diverse nature and heterogeneity of social network assessments, we can draw valuable lessons from the available studies. First, the structural network variable 'living alone' and the functional network variable 'lack of social support' have been associated with increased type 2 diabetes risk. The latter association may be modified by lifestyle risk factors, such as obesity, low level of physical activity and unhealthy diet. Second, smaller network size and less social support is associated with increased risk of diabetes complications, particularly chronic kidney disease and CHD. Third, current evidence shows a beneficial impact of social support on diabetes self-management. In addition, social support interventions were found to have a small, favourable effect on HbA1c values in the short-term. However, harmonisation and more detailed assessment of social network measurements are needed to utilise social network characteristics for more effective prevention and disease management in type 2 diabetes.
Miranda T Schram, Willem J J Assendelft , Theo G van Tilburg , Nicole H T M Dukers-Muijrers 
. 2021 Sep;64(9):1905-1916. doi: 10.1007/s00125-021-05496-2. Epub 2021 Jun 29. 
Click here for the full paper 

Cardiovascular Grand Rounds Maastricht

8 October- Thomas Münzel, UMC Mainz, Johannes gutenberg University, Mainz Germany
'Noise, a new and important cardiovascular risk factor'

22 October- Amanda Kiliaan, Donders Institute, Radboud UMC Nijmegen
'Impact of obesity on brain function and structure in mice and men.'

5 November - TBD

19 November - Jan van den Bossche, UMC, Amsterdam 
'Metabolic control of macrophages in atherosclerosis'

3 December - Lucio Barile, Cardiocentro Ticino Institute, Switzerland 
'Role of exosomes in cardiovascular diseases: Therapeutic tools and potential biomarkers'

17 December - Ana Briones, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain
'Novel inflammatory mechanisms involved in vascular damage in hypertension'

8.00-9.00 AM
ZOOM-link for all meetings:
Meeting ID: 972 2487 2025
Password: 678252

The steering committee for the Cardiovascular Grand Rounds consists of CARIM staff members of the 3 divisions (heart, vessels and blood) and includes Hugo ten Cate, Sébastien Foulquier, Pieter Goossens, Jordi Heijman, Rory Koenen, Blanche Schroen, Julie Staals and Kristiaan Wouters. If you have suggestions for a specific topic or speaker, please contact any of the committee members and they will assist in scheduling the lecture with you.

The FAIR Coffee lectures – 13 October 2021

UM is on a mission to become a leading example in the Open Science movement, which aims to make research papers, data, methods, etc. open to anyone so we can all benefit. The FAIR principles go hand-in-hand with Open Science and they form a great guide to make sure that the research you make Open, can actually be used. With the FAIR Coffee lecture series, the Open Science Community of UM, in collaboration with the Community for Data-Driven Initiatives (CDDI), will help you find out more about these topics and discover how your colleagues have applied Open Science and FAIR principles to their research. These lectures are a perfect chance to dip your toes in the FAIR water and find inspiration in the work of others!

Each lecture starts with a short Open Science/FAIR intro, followed by an inspiring lecture from a UM colleague on how they applied FAIR in their work. There will also be a short “caffeine” quiz at the end of the lecture with a chance to win a Bandito Espresso voucher

In this first session of the FAIR Coffee lectures, on 13 October 2021 at 10 am, we’ve invited Mareike Smolka, PhD candidate at the faculty of FaSoS and editorial assistant at the Journal of Responsible Innovation to give a presentation entitled “FAIR Interviews & Focus Groups in Qualitative Social Science Research” (abstract) in which she will share her experiences with making qualitative data FAIR in her PhD research.

The program is as follows:

10.00 A quick introduction on FAIR/Open Science and the FAIR Coffee lecture series

10.05 Main lecture by Mareike Smolka (Including discussion/questions)

10.50 Caffeine quiz & closing statement

You can register below. Participation is free, but please register so we can send you the Zoom link and keep you up to date on future events.

This academic year, the FAIR Coffee lecture series will consist of seven lectures. Our second FAIR Coffee lecture, on November 10 2021, will be held by Dr Ronald Cornet, from the department of Medical Informatics in the Amsterdam Public Health research institute, Amsterdam UMC. He will be discussing how FAIR can create a competitive advantage for you. Click here for more information

CARIM Symposium - 24 November 2021

CARIM Symposium 2021 will take place on Wednesday November 24 (save the date!!). This year’s Robert Reneman Lecture will be given by Professor Barbara Cassadei, University of Oxford:

The location of the symposium will be the Minderbroedersberg (unless the corona measures do not allow it) followed by a festive evening at Thiessen. More information on the programme will be distributed as soon as possible.

Cavaris: save your old applications!

The Heart Foundation will be implementing a new grant management system this fall. We will not be taking applications that were never submitted to the new system. Did you ever start an application in Cavaris but never submit it? Do you want to keep the information from this application? Then save it via Cavaris as a pdf or copy the text. Questions? Mail

Lectures, symposia & events

Dutch Translational Metabolism 2021 seminar series: Prof. Shingo Kajimura - 7 October 2021
Inaugural lecture : P. da Costa Martins - 8 October 2021 
FAIR coffee lectures : Mareike Smolka 13 October 2021

Flow Cytometry Course: Kristiaan Wouters -  19 & 20 October 2021
GUS@UM event Dr. Aurelie Carlier
21 October
Third Joint Dutch German Vascular Biology meeting - 3-5 November 2021
Dutch Translational Metabolism 2021 seminar series: Prof. Antonio Zorzano - 4 November 2021
Fair coffee Lecture: Dr Ronald Cornet - 10 November 2021
Inaugural lecture: K. Vernooy - 12 November 2021 
Dutch Translational Metabolism 2021 seminar series: Prof. Ralph DeBerardinis - 7 December 2021
Joint meeting between the German Society for Microcirculation and Vascular Biology, and the Netherlands Vascular Biology Organisation (DEBS/MiVaB) - 3 to 5 November 2021

School Council 2021:
12 October:  13.00 - 15.00 hour 

School Council 2022 
24 January:  13.00 - 15.00 hour
7 April :         13.00 - 15.00 hour 
13 June:       13.00 - 15.00 hour 

KNAW agenda
Brightlands news

Grant application - CARIM Research council

The CARIM Research Council invites candidates to inform CARIM at the latest on Wednesday 13 October 2021 whether they will apply for the following grants:
ERC Starting: deadline 13/1/2022
DiabetesFonds Postdoc fellowships: deadline expected February 2022
NHS Dekker postdoc ideas are also welcomed, but no deadline is known yet (anticipated February 2022)
Candidates will then be invited to give a “pitch presentation” of about 5 minutes to the entire Research Council, presenting the outlines of the idea and the approaches of the proposal, followed by a discussion with the Research Council. The candidate can integrate the ideas from this brainstorm session in the proposal and start the writing process. Together with the candidate will be decided who will be the reviewers of the project, including at least one member of the Research Council and two other reviewers, based on their expertise. About two weeks before the deadline, the written project is reviewed, allowing the applicant to further improve their application based on this input. In addition, a member of the Research Council is appointed as “coach” for this proposal who makes sure that the reviewing process is timely and who can help with other specific issues.


2021 Cytometry Flow Course 19 & 20 October

Recently, a new flow cytometer (Cytek Aurora) was acquired by CARIM, allowing state-of-the-art spectral flow cytometry, which is now operational and open for general use. This cytometer increases the number of markers that can be measured simultaneously to more than 20 (compared to 8 on the CANTO), and has many other benefits. We are happy that Cytek will participate in the course for both the theoretical and practical sessions. 

The first day (afternoon) will be a theoretical course with a general introduction to flow cytometry, the latest technological advances in spectral flow cytometry and information on the flow cytometry tools and possibilities at Maastricht. The second day will involve hands-on practical sessions to learn to use the flow cytometers and to get acquainted with data acquisition, analysis, and troubleshooting.
For the hands-on sessions places are limited and will be filled on a first come-first serve basis. For the theory session, places are limited to the capacity of the Coen Hemker Room.
Please register for this event by mailing to: and specify whether you will attend the theory program only or both even, and specify whether you prefer a hands-on session on the CANTO or the Cytek Aurora.


Third Joint Dutch German Vascular Biology meeting - 3 - 5 November 2021

We are delighted to announce the third joint Vascular Biology meeting between the German Society for Microcirculation and Vascular Biology (GfMVB), and the Dutch Vascular Biology Societies (DESB, MiVaB), 3 - 5 November 2021, in Goettingen is now LIVE and open to receive your abstracts and conference registration. 

Our meeting will bring together investigators from all fields of vascular biology for the exchange of new concepts and discussions of outstanding questions in the field. Angiocrine signaling, Angiogenesis, Arteriogenesis, Lymphatics, Vascular Mechanobiology, the Microcirculation in Cardiac Regeneration, Systems approaches & single cell sequencing, and the Microcirculation in Covid-19 patients are just a few of the topics addressed at our meeting. In particular we are very excited to welcome Nobel laureate Prof. Stefan Hell, who will spearhead a special symposium dedicated to novel imaging modalities in the cardiovascular system. 

We expect that our event will take place in “LIVE” modus ! So if you want to meet your colleagues in person, have vivid scientific discussions while enjoying a great atmosphere, this is what you have to do: Visit our website now at and select “Registration for the Goettingen 2021 conference”.

Good news for PhD students and Postdocs: we got great financial support from DEBS, ESM, EVBO and GFMVB and can now offer >15 travel and poster awards - just submit your abstract and select the appropriate travel award option in the “travel grant menu” during the registration procedure. In addition we will have the Aletta Jacobs awards (in total 3) for talented female scientists in the field of microvascular biology at the start of their career (PhD, first year Postdoc). More information on the Aletta Jacobs award and selection criteria can be found on our website:

we look forward to seeing you,

on behalf of the GfMVB: Rabea Hinkel and Ferdinand le Noble
on behalf of DEBS: Jaap van Buul, Ed Eringa

Grants Grace

For information related to calls or to discuss (other) funding possibilities in the future (e.g. funding roadmap), please contact Willem Wolters for support. If you decide to prepare a proposal, please inform Wouter Hankel well in time for the budget, especially when matching is required. 

Please note that UM has a license with the searchable funding database: This is available for all UM and Maastricht UMC+. You can set alerts to receive the latest information on opportunities in your area of research. If you cannot access the database, please contact Willem Wolters.

The online tool Impacter addresses all items for a good impact chapter of your draft proposal. Moreover it gives you feedback on the societal impact section of your research proposal, such as the knowledge utilization paragraph in all NWO proposals. In short, Impacter helps to write a better application.

In recent years,  the attention for social impact has increased and so has the wish to measure it. Examples of proposed indicators include references in patents, policy documents, textbooks and news papers. This new type of indicaors is named "altmetrics". The UM has a license for the use of Altmetric Explorer. Altmetric is a platform that tracks and analyses the online activity around scholarly research outputs. It gathers data on outreach activities through (social) media, user statistics from reference managers, and mentions in patents and policy documents.

Check out the CARIM website and our monthly funding alert for an overview of the current and upcoming funding opportunities.
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