CARIM Newsletter April 2015
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This newsletter contains information on the following subjects:
  • CARIM Course Week
  • Servier Research Grant Sebastien Foulquier
  • BMS Senior Projects
  • UM meeting Marie Curie Fellowships
  • Knowledge Rights Regulation MUMC+
  • Who's new?!
  • Deadlines grants & awards
  • Upcoming CGRM lectures
  • Symposia & other lectures

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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. The newsletter will from now on also include a 'Who's new?!' section in which new PhD students will be introduced.

CARIM Course Week 2015 - June 8-12, 2015

The registration for the CARIM Courses (June 8-12, 2015) is open. A great possibility for you to improve your skills in cardiovascular research and your knowledge of basic cardiovascular principles. On top of that it enables you to get to know your fellow PhD’s and members of the CARIM staff. As already communicated by email, as of this year the courses will alternate form year to year and as a CARIM PhD one is obliged to follow at least two CARIM courses of your choice during your PhD trajectory.
This year you will be offered the possibility to choose between two cardiovascular courses developed and organized by our own CARIM researchers. The courses are:
•    Drug Discovery and Development
•    Vascular Inflammation and Thrombosis

In addition to a social event on Monday Evening, I’MCARIM organizes a workshop on “Job opportunities for PhDs outside the academic world” on Wednesday afternoon.
The course on “Advanced microscopy and Vital Imaging” is already full for this year. If you would like to be sure of a place in this particular course next year, you can already indicate this now.

Please visit the CARIM website for the description of the courses and the registration procedure.

Servier Research Grant for Sebastien Foulquier

Sebastien Foulquier will receive this year's Servier Research Grant in Hypertension. The Award Committee of the European Society of Hypertension has found the research proposal most interesting and has classified Sebastien first among the applicants to the 2015 Servier Research Grant. The Award will be conferred during the Meeting of the European Society of Hypertension which will be held from June 12th to June 15th in Milan, and precisely at the time of the Award Ceremony on June 14th at 5:00 p.m. in the Auditorium.

BMS Senior Projects

Hereby we would like to invite you to submit Senior Practical Training (SPT) projects for students in their second year of the Biomedical Sciences (BMS) master. Please carefully read the instructions and then simply upload or adapt proposal(s) online. Don’t forget to also activate your project afterwards.

You can upload / update your projects at When creating a project, you can specify (by checking the appropriate boxes) for which of programmes your project should be made available. If you already uploaded one or more projects last year(s), they will still be present, but maybe marked as INactive (ALL projects were inactivated as of October 1st!). When unchanged, you only have to check the 'Active' box in order to make them available for this year's students as well.
Click here for information and detailed upload instructions: 

De deadline for uploading/reactivating projects is April 17th, 2015!
Note: You may receive calls for projects from other programmes as well. The advantage is that all programmes make use of the same project database, so you only have to upload the project once and you can (de)select suitabilty for other programmes at any time – you might need to enter some additional info however for certain programmes, for which separate sheets will appear within these projects.

UM meeting Marie Curie Fellowships 2015

On April 15, from 11.00 till 13.00 hrs, a Marie Curie information meeting is organized. The meeting will be held at SBE, Tongersestraat 53, room H.0.06
The meeting is open to all those interested in applying themselves for a fellowship, or applying with a candidate to come to Maastricht University. The programme is full of information about the Marie Curie fellowships, with lots of experience and tips and tricks from the Dutch national agency for Marie Curie, an experienced evaluator of the programme as well as a Marie Curie fellow. Furthermore we will tell you how Maastricht University can support your application. In addition to presentations, there will be enough room for Q&A. 
If you have started working at the UM from 10th of September 2014 onwards, you could still be eligible to apply for the Marie Curie 2015 round. Please check with your faculty research subsidy advisor whether this is the case. 
If interested, please register through:


Knowledge Rights Regulation MUMC+

Last year the UM and azM introduced a new Knowledge Rights Regulation. This regulation sets out, for both employees and employer, exactly what their rights and duties are with respect to knowledge and research results.

The regulation applies to all UM and azM staff (and potentially other parties, such as interns) who, in the course of their work, acquire or develop knowledge that could be commercially exploited. Any revenue resulting from exploitation of the knowledge is shared among the researchers, the group to which the researchers belong and the Maastricht Valorisation Center (MVC). In other words, one third of the proceeds flows to the researcher(s) and one third flows back to their research! 

The new regulation includes a reporting obligation. This means that employees who are approached by a company with a view to exploiting knowledge, or who have discovered or developed something that may be commercially exploited, must report this to their line manager, supervisor or the MVC before publishing their finding or making it public in any other way.

The MVC examines whether the discovery or development could be patented or exploited, and supports the researchers throughout the process. For more information please visit the MVC website:

Who's new?!

My name is Cristina Altrocchi, I’m 25-years-old and I come from Italy. At the State University of Milano I got my Bachelor degree in Biological Science and also my Master Degree in Biology applied to Research in Biomedicine. I had more than 1 year of training in the Laboratory of Molecular Physiology and Neurobiology (Dept. of Biomolecular Sciences and Biotechnology) coordinated by Prof. DiFrancesco, studying genetic sinus-node idiopathic dysfunction trough a physiological analysis on pacemaker-ion channels.  Here at CARIM I’m going to continue the investigation on genetic heart diseases, based on the study of many ion channels involved in this kind of cardiac dysfunction, in Dr Paul Volder’s lab.

My name is Omer Erkuner and I recently graduated from medical school here at Maastricht University. In my last year of medical school I did two internships in Cardiology: one on the ward and the other conducting research. What fascinated me about the research internship was the possibility to obtain scientific knowledge which adds to our understanding of a disease. So, a PhD in Cardiology was a logical next step before starting my clinical residency. The next couple of years, I’ll be conducting research on atrial fibrillation under supervision of Prof. Crijns, during which I’m sure we will answer questions which have not been answered yet. 

My name is Peter Huntjens and I have started in January as a PhD student at the Department of Biomedical Engineering. I studied Medical Engineering in Eindhoven and did my graduation project in Maastricht. Continuing on this project, my current research is based on improving patient selection for and effectiveness of cardiac resynchronization therapy. Therefore I will use a computational model of the cardiovascular system (CircAdapt), to increase our mechanistic understanding of various types of heart failure leading to mechanical dyssynchrony and their treatment with pacing therapy.

My name is 
Peter van Doorn and I recently started with my PhD at the Department of Biochemistry in the research group of Elisabetta Castoldi. Before coming to Maastricht I followed the bachelor Applied Science in Eindhoven and the master Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences in Utrecht. I worked on very varying topics ranging from molecular cloning and protein expression in bacteria and yeast to the identification and characterization of a newly discovered virus in livestock. The topic of my PhD will be on factor V (FV)-short, a recently discovered splicing variant of FV. One of the first goals in my project will be to characterize this still fairly unknown protein and determine its function.

Deadlines grants & awards

Investeringssubsidies groot NWO 2015/2016 - Deadline: April 14, 2015, CARIM deadline: 11 March, 2015
Click here for more information.

COFUND call for proposals - Deadline: April 24, 2015 17.00h UK time. Click here for more information.

Niels Stensen Fellowship - Deadline: May 1, 2015. Click here for more information. Please inform CARIM office on nomination before April 20, 12.00h. 

KNAW Ter Meulen Scholarship - Deadline: May 1, 2015. Click here for more information.

KNAW Van Leersum Scholarship - Deadline: May 1, 2015. Click here for more information.

Dutch 'For Women in Science' grants - Deadline: May 10, 2015. Click here for more information. Please inform CARIM office if you apply. 
April 17 - Coen Stehouwer, MD, PhD, Maastricht University Medical Center
"Vascular ageing in humans: poorly understood, poorly defined, yet extremely important"

April 24 - Eline Kooi, MD, PhD, Maastricht University Medical Center
"Noninvasive imaging of the hallmarks of plaque vulnerability"

May 1 - Marjo Donners, PhD, Maastricht University Medical Center
"The Janus face of high density lipoproteins: pro-inflammatory effects in macrophages"

May 8 - Ingrid Dijkgraaf, PhD, Ir, Maastricht University Medical Center
"Design and synthesis of molecular imaging agents"

Starts at 7.45 am, Academic hospital Maastricht, Meeting room A3-B3, level 3
Breakfast included! Registration not necessary

Click here for an overview of all the CGRM lectures of the first quarter of 2015
Symposia & other lectures

Next Gut - Liver Meeting - April 10, 2015
Speaker: Prof. Thorsten Cramer (RWTH University Hospital Aachen
Title: "Metabolic reprogramming of liver cancer in mice and men"
Time and location: 12.00-13.00h, DEB1-B0.126
Information: Frank Schaap, General Medicine, T: 84502

Lecture Prof. David A. Kass - April 14, 2015
On Tuesday April14 a special lunch time seminar will take place with Prof. David A. Kass as lecturer. 
Title: Treating Heart Disease with Viagra's Cousin
Location and time: 12.00h, Seminar Room Cardiology
Click here for more information.

Presentation Theme II - April 20, 2015
Speaker: Michael Clerx, Dept. of Cardiology & Dept. of Knowledge Engineering
Title: "Exploring Hypotheses in Silico with Myokit"
Time and location: 12.00-13.00h, UNS 50 room 3.142A (Physiology) 

Interuniversity Stem Cell Meeting - April 20, 2015
On Monday April 20, 2015, the Interuniversity Stem Cell Meeting takes place from 9.00-17.00h at KU Leuven (Promotiezaal, Naamsestraat 22, Leuven). Registration is free, but mandatory via Deadline April 15, 2015

User meeting "Future of the pre-clinical 7T MRI" - April 23, 2015
On Thursday April 23, the user meeting "Future of the pre-clinical 7T MRI" takes place in meeting room 0.01 in bestuursgebouw azM. Participation is free, but registration is obligatory by sending an email including name, department and research institute to before April 17. Click here for the program.

School Council meetings 2015
Tuesday April 14
Thursday June 18
Thursday October 22
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