Thesis can now be downloaded without password

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For a long time there was a password needed to access my thesis. There where two reasons: some elements where not yet published in peer-reviewed journal, and some elements where not only to be published on my own website. This is because some journals only allow publication of your own work after some time passed since publication.

A couple of things have changed that have led me to remove the password lock: a lot of time has passed and if that amount of time is not enough I don’t care anymore. That sounds perhaps bad ass, but of course it isn’t – especially since most ideas have been published already. It is a mere results of some slight changes that I went through over the last couple of months regarding publishing and the relationship between authors and journals.Do not be surprised if I will make some remarks to these changes when i provides some more updates on this blog.


Hora Est – thesis is topic of a Cicero article

cicero maart 2013The Cicero, the monthly magazine of the LUMC, wrote an article on my thesis. During the interview, I was able to bring fort the nuances of the work in the thesis. That is, my thesis does not fully provide all the answers in details for allr esearch questions but it does provide a simple overview: an increased clotting potential is a risk factor for ischaemic stroke but not for moycardial infarction. Unfortunately, space limitations dictated that some remarks had to be left out. Fortunately, the last remarks is about the relevance of teaching experience as a PhD: a great link to one of my propositions.

The picture above was placed in the Cicero to accompany the interview. I like it very much because it has a certain epidemiological feel to it: a group (a cohort?) of women all different, but with certain patterns.

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ABC promotes EBM thesis printing with my cover as example


The American Book Center decided to actively promote thesis printing by their EBM. They asked me whether they could use the cover of my thesis on their promotional material because of the nice design Iris made for the cover. Since the EBM operator Joe was very helpful during the lay-out and printing process, I am willing to promote the EBM from the ABC! Curious what I am talking about? Please refer to my previous post on printing my thesis.

PhD defense

Promotie Bob Siegerink-35On february 5th I got to defend my thesis. On 13.45 the discussion started and I tried to answer all questions as clear as possible. After 45 minutes (“hora est”) the opposition committee retreated and discussed whether or not I passed the test. In the Netherlands it is never really a question on whether you make it or not: it’s more a ceremony than a true exam. So, when the acting rector magnificus told me that the committee decided to grant me my doctorate, that was not really a surprise. However, I was surprised to hear that it was decided that I passed with honors (a.k.a. cum laude). What a surprise and honor! I enjoyed the rest of the day celebrating with family, friends and colleagues. This was a great way mark the end of 4.5 years working on this thesis. Now it is time for new adventures!