CARIM Newsletter May 2015
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This newsletter contains information on the following subjects:
  • CARIM Symposium 2015
  • Biomedica 2015
  • Leducq Judith Sluimer
  • Who's new?!
  • Grant deadlines
  • Upcoming CGRM lectures
  • Symposia & other lectures
  • Academic events

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CARIM's 2015 Scientific Symposium will be held on Wednesday November 4 in the Aula at the Minderbroerders berg. The evening program will be in Grand Café Maastricht (Museaum aan het Vrijthof) 

Biomedica - June 2 & 3, 2015

Which possibilities are there for you on the job market after you obtained your PhD degree? You will get answers to these questions during a very dedicated student track that will be organized at Biomedica 2015, the largest Euregional Life sciences & Health event, which will take place on the 2nd and 3rd of June 2015 at C-mine, Genk in Belgium. The central theme of this years’ Biomedica is “HEALTH INNOVATIONS”. Next to opportunities to present your own research, to listen to inspiring talks from keynote speakers from academia as well as biotech/medtech companies, the dedicated student track @ Biomedica 2015 allows you to learn tips & tricks on how to apply for a job or start up your own company. Visit the website for more information:



network Judith Sluimer

The Leducq Foundation has awarded 6 million US dollar for a transatlantic network of excellence entitled “Modulating autophagy to treat cardiovascular disease”. Dr Judith Sluimer (Department of Pathology) is one of eight  European and American core members, including world-class investigators Dr Beth Levine, Dr Ana Maria Cuervo and Dr Guido Kroemer. Autophagy is an intracellular process to recycle nutrients and macromolecules. The goal of this network is to delineate the role and therapeutic potential to modulate macroautophagy, mitophagy and chaperone-mediated autophagy in cardiovascular disease. Judith will receive 350.000$ to study autophagy in atherosclerosis. 

Furthermore, ZonMw has awarded Dr Judith Sluimer 5.570€ in the framework of the program `Meer kennis met midner dieren (more knowledge using less animals). The goal of this program is to stimulate open-access publication of negative or neutral animal experiments.

Who's new?!

My name is Suzanne Zwaveling and I recently started as a PhD student at the Department of Biochemistry.  After my graduation in Medicine at Maastricht University I worked as a resident internal medicine in Eindhoven and abroad in Curacao.  During my time in the clinic I’ve learned many things about what we do know in medicine but also, equally important, it gave me insight in things we do not know in medicine. Under the supervision of Prof. Ten Cate I’ll be doing research in order to improve the safety of anticoagulant therapy, with special interest in the NOAC’s.      

My name is Stepan Denisov. I earned MSc in Chemistry at the Lomonosov Moscow State University in 2013. My current research is focused on studying heteromolecular chemokines interactions with tick proteins - Evasins.

My name is Mindy, I am 28 years old and studied medicine at the Maastricht University. I worked at the cardiothoracic surgery department in Eindhoven for 1.5 years, after which I decided to switch to cardiology. After working for more than a half year, I started in March with my PhD track on hybrid atrial fibrillation ablations, which perfectly fits with my interests in cardiothoracic surgery and cardiology. I am looking forward to a pleasant cooperation with Prof. Crijns and Dr Pison and hope that our studies will have good results in favor of the hybrid ablation.
Grant deadlines

Dutch 'For Women in Science' grants - Deadline: May 10, 2015. Click here for more information. Please inform CARIM office if you apply. 

French scholarships - Deadline: May 18, 2015. Click here for more information. 

ERC Proof of Concept Grant - Deadline: May 28, 2015. Click here for more information. Please inform CARIM office if you apply. Note: Applications can be submitted at any time from the opening date of the call until the final deadline and will be evaluated and selected in three rounds, based on three specific deadlines. A Principal Investigator may submit only one Eligible application per call.

ERC Advanced Grant - Deadline: June 2, 2015. Click here for more information. Please inform CARIM office if you apply. 
May 8 - Ingrid Dijkgraaf, PhD, Ir, Maastricht University Medical Center
"Design and synthesis of molecular imaging agents"

May 15 - No lecture: Ascension Weekend

May 22 - Pim van der Harst, MD, PhD, University Medical Center Groningen
"52 genetic loci influencing human electrically active myocardial mass"

May 29 - Thierry Pedrazzini, PhD, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
"Long noncoding RNAs in cardiac homeostasis and regeneration"

June 5 - Lluís Mont, PhD, Barnaclínic Barcelona, Spain
"Use of MRI in AF ablation: hype or here to stay?"

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

Presentation Theme II - May 11, 2015
Speaker: Dr Vanessa van Empel, Dept. of Cardiology 
Time and location: 12.00-13.00h, UNS 50 room 3.142A (Physiology) 

Mini-symposium "Microvascular Dysfunction and Diabetes: a vicious cycle?" - May 13, 2015
On Wednesday May 13, the mini-symposium "Microvascular Dysfunction and Diabetes: a vicious cycle?" takes place from 9.00-11.00h in the Greepzaal (MUMC+, level 4). Click here for the program. Registration via

Vascular Networkshop - May 18, 2015

On Monday May 18, 2015, the 8th edition of the Vascular NetWorkshop will take place from 17.30-19.30 h in the Jo Ritzenzaal/Auditorium Brians Unlimited (Oxfordlaan 55). Click here for the program.

Seminar "Research data management at UM" - May 19, 2015
On Tuesday May 19 an interactive one-day seminar highlighting the state of affairs of research data management at UM will take place at the Groene Zaal UNS 50 (K0.406). Researchers, funders, policy makers and supporters will speak about their guidelines, experiences and services; they will focus on data management planning, data documentation, data registration, and data storage; during lunch and coffee break you will have the opportunity to speed-date with experts. For further information and registration please click here.

Symposium "Lipoprotein dependent modulation of inflammation in the metabolic syndrome" - May 21, 2015 
On Thursday May 21, the symposium "Lipoprotein dependent modulation of inflammation in the metabolic syndrome" will take place from 9.00-13.00h at the UNS 50, Paarse Zaal (H1.319). Click here for the program. Register by sending an email to Marjo Donners before May 15. 

Workshop Intellectual Property - May 26, 2015
The MVC in collaboration with ‘Octrooicentrum Nederland van de Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland (RVO)’ is organizing a workshop to educate interested researchers from the University of Maastricht on the field of Intellectual Property. The workshop will take place on Tuesday May 26, 2015, from 12.45 until 17.00h in the Biopartner Building (Oxfordlaan 70). Click here for more information. Registration via

The second meeting of the Maastricht Working Group on Cardiovascular Systems Biology initiative will take place on 27th May 2015. (place: Jo Ritzenzaal (Auditorium) at OXF55 (Oxfordlaan 55, 6229 EV Maastricht, time: 16:30-19:30). Click here for more information and the program.

Symposium Advanced Microscopy & Vital Imaging - June 12, 2015
The 6th Symposium Advanced Microscopy & Vital Imaging will take place in the University Hospital on Friday June 12, 2015. Click here for the program. Please not that registration is free, but obligatory:

Joint Dutch-German Microcirculatoin Meeting - Call for abstracts, deadline June 15, 2015
The Dutch-German Microcirculation Meeting will take place from September 24 until September 26, 2015 at the Hannover Medical School, Germany. The program of the Dutch-German Microcirculation meeting is online now, as is the abstract submission, which will accept abstracts for posters, talks and awards until June 15, 2015.

The purpose of the meeting is to highlight new developments in the field of microcirculation and vascular biology. We are aiming to merge basic science with clinical medicine. The meeting will feature three interesting keynote addresses in addition to feature talks from special topic sessions. There are a number of awards to be handed out during the meeting: the prestigious Herman Rein Award, the Young Investigator Award, and Travel Awards.

7th International Conference cGMP - June 19-21, 2015 in Trier
From June 19 until June 21, the 7th International Conference on cGMP Generators, Effectors and Therapeutic Implications will take place in Trier, Germany. The conference series remains a leader in the field and will address cGMP generators and effectors as well as their pathophysiological and pharmacological implications broadly and at the highest international level. Click here for more information. 

8th Conference on Annexins, September 8-11, 2015
From September 8 until September 11, 2015, the 8th Conference on Annexins will be held at the Amrâth Grand Hotel de l'Empereur. Visit the conference website for more information on the program and registration. Deadline abstract submission: Deadline abstract submission: 12 June 2015.

School Council meetings 2015
Thursday June 18
Thursday October 22
Academic events

PhD Conferral Dennis M.J. Muris, Wednesday May 13, 2015, 12.00 hours
Supervisor: Prof. C. Stehouwer
Co-supervisors: Dr A. Houben. Dr M. Schram
Title: "Microvascular dysfunction and diabetes: a vicious cycle"

PhD Conferral Thomas T. van Sloten, Wednesday May 20, 2015, 14.00 hours
Supervisor: Prof. C. Stehouwer
Co-supervisors: Dr R. Henry, Dr M. Schram 
Title: "Vascular dysfunction: at the heart of cardiovascular disease, cognitive impairment and depressive symptoms"

PhD Conferral Nordin M.J. Hanssen, Wednesday May 20, 2015, 16.00 hours
Supervisors: Prof. C. Schalkwijk, Prof. C. Stehouwer
Co-supervisor: Dr K. Wouters
Title: "Methylglyoxal, the glyoxalase pathway and advanced glycation endproducts in type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease"

PhD Conferral Emiel P.C. Van der Vorst, Thursday May 21, 2015, 16.00 hours
Supervisors: Prof. E. Biessen, Prof. M. de Winther (Amsterdam), Prof. J. Glatz
Co-supervisor: Dr M. Donners
Title: "Modulation of vascular inflammation; cell type specific effects by ADAMs and HDL"
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