CARIM Newsletter January 2016
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This newsletter contains information on the following subjects:
  • Kootstra Fellowship Job Verdonschot
  • EU project Robert van Oostenbrugge funded
  • Who's new?!
  • Grant deadlines
  • Cardiovascular Grand Rounds Maastricht
  • Symposia & other lectures
  • Academic events
  • Media appearances

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Job Verdonschot receives Kootstra Talent Fellowship

During the second round of the Kootstra Talent Fellowships 2015, Job Verdonschot (PI Stephane Heymans) was granted a fellowship. The Kootstra Talent Fellowships are granted to young scientific talents by the Board of Maastricht UMC+ with the aim to support developing their scientific career.

EU Horizon 2020 project Robert van Oostenbrugge and Julia Staals funded

Project of which Robert van Oostenbrugge and Julie Staals (Dept. of Neurology) are collaborators funded by EU-HORIZON 2020. Both are part of a consortium led by the Ludwig Maximilian Universiy in Munich that applied for funding of their project “SVDs@target (SVDs-at-target) – cerebral small vessel diseases in a mechanistic perspective: Targets for Intervention”

Cerebral small vessel diseases (SVDs) are a major cause of stroke and dementia, and yet there is no targeted treatment. Progress in understanding the mechanisms that drive microvascular dysfunction and brain damage in SVDs has been elusive, until now. SVDs@target proposes a coordinated programme to elucidate key mechanisms common to different SVDs, and determine how these mechanisms contribute to individual SVDs. The overall aim is to identify novel targets for prevention and therapy where none currently exist.

At CARIM clinical, studies with patients with manifest cerebral small vessel disease as well as animal studies into the role of inflammation in the development and progression of cerebral small vessel disease are performed.
Who's new?!

My name is Ying Xin, born in Henan, China. I received my master’s degree in Internal Medicine from Zhengzhou University in Jul 2015. In the past 3 years, my study project mainly focused on obesity and osteoporosis. Since October this year, I have started as a PhD student at Maastricht University at the department of Internal medicine under the supervision of Prof. Schalkwijk, Prof. Stehouwer and Dr. van Greevenbroek. My 4 years’ PhD research will focus on exploring the relationship between the complement system and T2DM and will include both epidemiological and laboratory work. I am glad to begin a new life and study here.

My name is Rob Holtackers. I received my master's degree in Medical Engineering from Eindhoven University of Technology in Oct 2015. In the past 2 years, my study projects mainly focused on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). In Aug 2014, I started my master thesis on the assessment of atherosclerotic plaques in the carotid arteries by using MRI at the Maastricht University Medical Centre (MUMC). Last summer, I did an internship at the Imaging Sciences Division of King's College London, where I worked on black-blood techniques for late gadolinium enhanced MRI of myocardial scar. Since November 2015, I have started as a PhD student at the department of Radiology of the MUMC under supervision of Prof. Wildberger and Dr Kooi. My 3 years' PhD research will mainly focus on further assessment of the deformation and composition of atherosclerotic plaques in both carotid and coronary arteries by using both MRI and hybrid PET-MRI.
Grant deadlines


Dr Dekker Junior Postdoc - Deadline January 19, 2016
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Dr Dekker Arts in opleiding tot specialist - Deadline January 19, 2016
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ERC Consolidator Grant  - Deadline February 2, 2016
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EMBO Long-Term Fellowships - Deadline February 12, 2016
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Goed Gebruik Geneesmiddelen Grote Trials Ronde 1 - Deadline 17 maart 2016 
Click here for more information (in Dutch)

January 15 - Dirk Westermann, MD, PhD, University Medical Center Hamburg, Germany
"Heart Failure: Fibrosis Biomarkers and Therapy?"

January 22 - Elisabetta Castoldi, PhD, Maastricht University Medical Center
"When Antisense Makes Sense: RNA Therapy of Coagulation " 

January 29 - Edward A. Fisher, MD, PhD, NYU School of Medicine, New York, USA
"The Regression of Atherosclerosis: Clinical Insights from Animal Models"

February 5 - Jurgen Bernhagen, MD, PhD, Medical University Munich, Germany
"MIF Function in Health and Cardiovascular Disease"

February 12 - Carnaval

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

Symposia & events
Information session COST funding - January 21, 2016
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Puls 2016 - February 18, 2016
Click here for more information and the programme

Scientific Workshop "Cardiovascular Research @ Bayer" - April 14-16. 2016
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Call for abstracts - 50th Annual Scientific Meeting ESCI - April 27 - 29, Paris
Click here for more information. Abstract deadline: January 5, 2016

School Council meetings 2016:
- January 14, 12.00-14.00 hours
- April 26, 12.00-14.00 hours
- June 27, 12.00-14.00 hours
- October 18, 12.00-14.00 hours

Academic events

PhD Conferral Rob Strijkers, Wednesday January 13, 2016, 12.00 hours
Supervisors: Prof. C.H.A. Wittens, Prof. H. ten Cate
Co-supervisor: Dr A.J. ten Cate-Hoek
Title: "Safety and Feasibility of Ultrasound Accelerated Catheter Directed Thrombolysis and the Postthrombotic Syndrome"

PhD Conferral Asselina Roest, Wednesday January 13, 2016, 14.00 hours
Supervisor: Prof. C.D.A. Stehouwer
Co-supervisor: Dr P.M. Stassen
Title: "Emergency Care in Sepsis Patients"

PhD Conferral Francesca Nuzzo, Thursday January 14, 2016, 16.00 hours
Supervisor: Prof. T. Hackeng
Co-supervisor: Dr E. Castoldi
Title: "Coagulation factur V deficiency: From molecular diagnosis to molecular therapy"

PhD Conferral Ervin Severdija, Thursday January 28, 2016, 10.00 hours
Supervisor: Prof. J.G. Maessen
Co-supervisors: Dr P.W. Weerwind, Dr J.H. Heijmans
Title: "Cerebral circulation and metabolic properties in patients undergoing normothermic cardiopulmonary bypass"

PhD Conferral Nadine Mattheij, Friday January 29, 2016, 10.00 hours
Supervisors: Prof. J.W.M. Heemskerk
Co-supervisor: Dr J.M.E.M. Cosemans
Title: "Molecular mechanisms underlying the platelet procoagulant response: back to basics"

PhD Conferral Pim Klarenbeek, Friday January 29, 2016, 12.00 hours
Supervisor: Prof. R.J. van Oostenbrugge
Co-supervisor: Dr J. Staals
Title: "Blood pressure and cerebral small vessel disease"


Media appearances

Aalt Bast (Dept. of Toxicology) - Bennekoms Nieuwsblad 30-12-2015:  'Voeding, gif en geneesmiddel, is er een verschil?'

Arthur van den Wijngaard (Dept. of Genetics & Molecular Cell Biology) - Dagblad de Limburger 30-12-2015: 'Nieuw genfoutje families in Limburg'
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