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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Masterclass clinical research and epidemiology in the University digital newsletter

Today a story on our Masterclass clinical research and epidemiology (aka Noordwijk) featured in the University Newsletter.

An excerpt (in Dutch):

“Voor de vijfde keer konden studenten Geneeskunde en Biomedische Wetenschappen deelnemen aan het vlaggenschip van het epidemiologische honoursprogramma: de masterclass Klinisch onderzoek en epidemiologie. De belangstelling epidemiologisch honoursprogramma is groot maar ook bij andere afdelingen, zoals Anatomie en Farmacologie, is het ook mogelijk om een honourstrajecten te volgen.”

It’s a great thing that our efforts get so much media attention: perhaps it’ll help us in securing the funding for the next years? Click here for the complete story, or read more story in the media section.

MTV study also in Mare


Another article on the first results from the MTV study, this time an interview in the university newspaper Mare. The senior author, prof Schipper, is interviewed and the necessary nuance is conveyed in a great way. The reporter suggest that helmet should be mandatory based on these results, but Schipper responds with that “with this amount of morbidity and mortality it is advisable to wear a helmet”, so also speaking from here experience as trauma surgeon. The combination of science and clinical experience is critical in this interview: the reporter links the idea of a single victim of a  MTV crash to its injuries, which we have done for approx 33500 patients. The reporter Bart Braun continues along this line and describes our somewhat unexpected finding: the morbidity and mortality among light moped crash victims is highest, especially when one considers the head injuries. The notion that the results are only applicable to those who are admitted to the hospital is also neatly conveyed. In short – a job well done! The complete article can be found in the media section of this website.

Radio interview – Masterclass ‘Noordwijk’

The first weekend of the Masterclass in Noordwijk just finished. It was a great 3 days with a lot of interesting discussions. I hope the students liked it as well.

Today, I was interviewed on the subject of ‘a Masterclass in a youth hostel’. Apparently, the local radio station thought it was quite strange that students of the LUMC would go to Noordwijkerhout to get trained in clinical epidemiology. With 60-80 student applying each years of which only 32 can be selected, we know better! The interview started of a little slow (a lot of Ehms on my part didn’t help) but eventually I think the interview was quite okay. More information can be found on the website of nens.nl. I also uploaded the interview to the media section of the this website.

Coffee and DVT: article in JTH and Mare now also in English

Earlier, I wrote about the interview published by the University newspaper Mare on our research of the protective effect of coffee on DVT risk. Being a Dutch University, the newspaper is in Dutch too. Luckily for us, the story was picked for the english page of the Mare. This page regurgitates some content of the previous week, except for that it is translated/rewritten in English. The english text can be found here, and I’ve put a pdf of the text in the Media section.