Vidi grant

Vidi Grants 2017

Vidi Grant

Dr A. C. (Anne) Gielen

Erasmus School of Economics

Social welfare dependency passed on from parents to children
Dr Anne Gielen is investigating the extent to which parents’ being on welfare determines their children’s future. Are the positive effects of income protection being undone by a welfare dependency that is passed down to later generations? What are the underlying mechanisms? And for how long will the consequences for both the individuals involved and society continue to be able to be felt? This project provides a comprehensive understanding of intergenerational spill-overs in welfare dependency and may serve to guide the design of welfare programmes.

Dr N. M. S. (Natasja) de Groot

Erasmus MC, Department of Cardiology

ELectrical bIoMarkers guided Individualized Diagnosis And ThErapy of Atrial Fibrillation (ELIMINATE - AF)
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common age-related type of cardiac arrhythmia. AF is rooted in electro pathology and is defined as complex electrical conduction disorders caused by damaged atrial tissue. The severity of electro pathology defines the stage of AF and is a major determinant of therapy effectiveness. Quantifying electro pathology during electrical stimulation techniques allows us to identify new electronic biomarkers indicating the stage of AF-related pathology. These biomarkers can then be used to provide patient-tailored therapy.

Dr R. (Renske) Keizer

Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Dads, dimes and quarters
There is a Dutch saying to the effect that those who are born dimes will never be quarters. Dr Renske Keizer investigates to what extent this is true and, more specifically, what role fathers play in the intergenerational transmission of inequality. To accurately investigate the role played by fathers, she takes into account the potential influence of context, paying close attention to the characteristics of the extended family, peers and the country.

Dr R. P. (Robin) Peeters

Erasmus MC, Department of Internal Medicine

Monitoring foetal hormones using the mother’s blood
Low thyroid hormone levels during pregnancy are very common. They may result in a lower IQ, autism, ADHD or schizophrenia in new-borns. For this reason, thyroid hormones have long been among the most commonly prescribed medications. However, it is completely unclear how much of this medication passes through the placenta. Dr Robin Peeters wants to improve the treatment administered to mothers – and, as a result, the development of their child’s brain. To this end, he is developing a method that will allow doctors to monitor foetal thyroid hormone using the mother’s blood.

Dr J. A. C. (Judith) Rietjens

Erasmus MC, Department of Public Health

Advanced cancer patients’ control over their situation
Patients with advanced cancer want – and need – to assume tighter control of their personal health and care. However, many patients and their loved ones are insufficiently prepared for this. Dr Judith Rietjens is researching which patients experience relative difficulty with this, and why. The objective is to establish how patients can be provided with the most effective support during the final stages of their life.

Dr J. (Jeroen) van der Waal

Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Dutch culture wars?
Dr Jeroen van der Waal is investigating why in North-Western Europe, the less educated in particular distrust institutes like the political system, the judiciary and science. To do so, he is developing a theory that centres on the colliding lifestyles and attitudes of the less educated on the one hand, and politicians, judges and scientists on the other. Van der Waal innovative combination of psychological and sociological research methods that allows him to research the role of environment-specific socialisation in the development of these conflicting lifestyles and attitudes.