CARIM Newsletter October 2015
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This newsletter contains information on the following subjects:
  • CARIM Symposium 2015
  • Donation Van de Laar Foundation
  • ECTH 2016
  • Stephane Heymans Vidi committee member
  • Who's new?!
  • Grant deadlines
  • Cardiovascular Grand Rounds Maastricht
  • Symposia & other lectures
  • Academic events

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CARIM Symposium 2015

The annual CARIM Symposium 2015 will take place on Wednesday November 4. This year’s Robert Reneman lecture, in honour of the institute’s founding Scientific Director, will be given by Professor Stéphane Hatem. Stéphane Hatem is Professor of Cardiovascular Physiology at the Heart Institute of Pitié-Salpétrière Hospital and director of the Inserm/University Pierre Marie Curie research laboratory (UMRs1166) in Paris. His research activities have been dedicated to understand the molecular and cellular basis of atrial fibrillation. His work had contributed to improve the knowledge on the formation of macromolecular ionic channel complexes, the mechanisms of the atrial fibrosis and more recently the relation between adipose tissue and atrial fibrillation. 

Van de Laar Foundation for Scientific Biochemical Research donates € 400.000 to SWOL

The Foundation dr. ir. J.H.J. van de Laar for Scientific Biochemical Research, based in Heerlen, has donated an amount of € 400,000 to the Limburg University Fund/SWOL. With this generous donation and through the addition of third means, the Van de Laar Foundation was established that will support studies on biochemistry of Thrombosis and Hemostasis conducted by the Cardiovascular Research Institute Maastricht (CARIM). Funds are used to support Van de Laar visiting professor chairs from leading international universities, education on Thrombosis and Hemostasis, and Ph.D. programs. The Limburg University Fund gratefully welcomes the donation by this outside party enabling UM scientists to perform curiosity driven research. With the signing of an agreement between the Foundation dr. ir. J.H.J. van de Laar and Limburg University Fund the Van de Laar Fund was established on August 25, 2015. 

SAVE THE DATE: European Congress on Thrombosis and Haemostasis, Sept. 28-30. 2016

ECTH 2016 will bring together researchers, scientist, clinicians and other healthcare professionals in the best scientific congress in Europe on Thrombosis and Haemostasis. ECTH 2016 will deliver in-depth content, education and networking opportunities. The three day congress will be held in the heart of the residence of the government of the Netherlands and seat of European legal institutions, The Hague, and will offer hands-on learning, deep product exploration and countless opportunities to connect with the European community of Thrombosis and Haemostasis.
ECTH has the ambition to be the biennial premier European scientific conference for Healthcare Professionals,  Specialists and Enterprise Researchers, and clinicians treating bleeding and clotting disorders, offering a comprehensive scientific and clinical education across a broad set of current and soon-to-be released studies, new findings, treatments or products.

Prof. F.R. Rosendaal & Prof. T.M. Hackeng

Stéphane Heymans appointed as member Vidi committee

Professor Stéphane Heymans (Dept. of Cardiology) has been appointed as member of the NWO Vidi committee from this year on. Click here for Prof. Heymans' profile on the CARIM website.
Who's new?!

My name is Margaux Fontaine, I am 24 years old. I recently started as a PhD student at the Department of Pathology. I first did a Bachelor in Biotechnology in Liège and I continued with a Master in Biomedical Sciences at Maastricht University. In my last year of Master, I did an internship in Cardiology and I developed a particular interest in the cardiovascular field.  For the next 4 years, I will be working, together with Prof. Erik Biessen, on screening new adipokine and lipid biomarkers in obesity-related cardiovascular disease and functionally interrogate the causality of the biomarker in disease development.

My name is Ben Hermans. I studied Technical Medicine at the University of Twente. Recently I finished my graduation project in Maastricht and in September I started as a PhD student at the Department of Biomedical Engineering in cooperation with the hospital’s Cardiology department. During my PhD, I will focus on the electromechanical interplay during atrial fibrillation, on noninvasive mechanical as well as on invasive electrophysiological mapping techniques for atrial fibrillation. Together with my supervisors (Prof. Delhaas and Dr Pison) I will analyse, test and hopefully improve currently existing and new mechanical and electrophysiological mapping techniques.

Grant deadlines


IAS - Pfize IGCL Grant Opportunity - Deadline October 6, 2015
Click here for more information

2015 WUM Research Development Fund - Deadline October 7, 2015
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Lorentz Fellowship and Prize 2016-17 - Deadline October 15, 2015
Click here for more information

ESC Grants for Medical Research Innovation - Deadline November 1, 2015
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ERC Starting Grant - Deadline November 17, 2015
Click here for more information
October 9 - Marc Spaanderman, MD, PhD, Maastricht University Medical Center
"Why is diastolic dysfunction deadly?"

October 16 - Paolo Della Bella, MD, PhD, Hospedale San Raffaele, Milan Italy 
"Enhancing survival after VT ablation: experience of a dedicated VT unit"

October 23 - Gerry Nicolaes, PhD, Maastricht University Medical Center
"Translational Molecular Medicine@UM: novel opportunities through rational drug discovery and design"

October 30 - Jan de Boer, PhD, Maastricht University Medical Center
"Regenerative Medicine and Engineering"

November 13 - Philipp Wild, MD, PhD, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany
"Multiple cardiovascular phenotyping - chances and options"

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 fourth quarter of 2015

Symposia & events
19th Annual Meeting of the ECCR - October 23 - 25, Lake Garda, Italy
From October 23 until October 25 the 19th ECCR meeting will take place in Poiana, Lake Garda, Italy. 
Click here for more information. 

Pélerin Symposium - October 7, 2015
This year the 20th edition of the Pélerin Science Symposium is organised. An inspiring lecture will be given by Marli Huijer, psysician, philosopher and Denker des Vaderlands (“Thinker of the Netherlands”), which will be based on her newest book “Het leven is niet leuk als je je mond houdt” (“Life is not pleasant if you keep your mouth shut”). Visit the website for more information.

Presentation Theme II - October 12, 2015
Speaker: Dr Gudrun Antoons, Dept. of Physiology 
Title: "Regulation of microdomain calcium in the stretched heart"
Moderator: Prof. Uli Schotten
Time and location: 12.00-13.00h, UNS 50 room 3.142A (Physiology) 

1st International Brightlands Symposium on Cultured Meat - October 18 - 20, 2015
The 1st International Brightlands Symposium on Cultured Meat will be held on October 18-20th, in Maastricht. 
The symposium will cover technologies and subjects related to culturing meat, ranging from cell production, food technology all the way to ethical studies. Click here for more information.

Euro-CASE Annual Conference 2015 - November 2, 2015
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CTCM Congress 2015 - November 5, 2015
On november 5, 2015, the CTCM congress will take place at the Sint Janskerk (Vrijthof) Maastricht. The program will consist of several lectures (f.e. by Dr André Kuijpers and Prof. Mark Post) and two workshops. Click here for more information.


Vascular Networkshop - November 16, 2015

On Monday November 16, 2015, the 10th 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.

Upcoming School Council meetings 2015
Thursday October 22

Academic events

PhD Conferral Yvonne Bosch, Wednesday October 7, 2015, 16.00 hours
Supervisors: Prof. B. Mochtar, Prof. J. Maessen
Co-supervisors: Dr P.W. Weerwind, Dr F. Mengel
Title: "Monitoring of hemostatic disturbances in cardiopulmonary bypass patients"

PhD Conferral Marie Miglianico, Friday October 23, 10.00 hours
Supervisor: Prof. J. Glatz
Co-Supervisors: Dr D. Neumann, Dr G.A.F. Nicolaes
"AMPK-glycogen interplay: an opportunity for dug design"

PhD Conferral Bart Maesen, Friday October 30, 12.00 hours
Supervisors: Prof. U. Schotten, Prof. J.G. Maessen
Co-Supervisor: Dr S. Verheule
Title: "Structure-function relationship of atrial fibrillation waves in goat and man"
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