Six Vidi grants for Rotterdam scientists

NWO has awarded six Rotterdam scientists a Vidi grant worth 800.000 euros. The subjects vary from the influence of fathers on the position on the social ladder and cancer patients managing their own healthcare to the consequences of low maternal thyroid hormone levels during pregnancy.

The laureates are from Erasmus School of Economics, the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Erasmus MC. The Vidi from NWO enables them to develop their own innovative line of research and set up their own research group. A total of 590 researches submitted an admissible research project for funding during this Vidi funding round. Eighty-nine of these have now received grants. That amounts to an award rate of 15%.

The laureates from Rotterdam are:

Patient engagement of patients with advanced cancer
Dr. J.A.C. (Judith) Rietjens (f), EMC - department of Public Health
Patients with advanced cancer increasingly need to uptake a significant role in managing their healthcare. Many patients and their family caregivers are ill-prepared for this complex task. The researchers will examine who has more difficulties with selfmanagement, why this is the case, and how they can best be supported.

Welfare – dependency from parent to child
Dr. A.C. (Anne) Gielen (f), EUR - Economics
This study investigates how welfare receipt during childhood impacts socio-economic outcomes in adulthood. Are positive effects from income protection offset by transmission of a culture of dependency from one generation to the next? What are the underlying mechanisms? And does this have long-term impacts on an individual and on society?

Dads, dimes, and quarters
Prof. Dr. R. (Renske) Keizer (f), EUR - Sociology
There is a Dutch saying: who is born for a dime, will never be worth a quarter. In this project, the researcher investigates whether this is true and specifically how fathers may influence this. Attention is also given to the role of context: the extended family, peers and country characteristics.

Why do the less educated distrust institutional professionals?
Dr. J. (Jeroen) van der Waal (m), EUR - Public Administration & Sociology
The less educated distrust politicians, judges and scientists more than their more educated counterparts. This project develops a theory and method to uncover the role of institutional knowledge and colliding lifestyles and attitudes.

Eliminate atrial fibrillation
Dr. N.M.S. (Natasja) de Groot (f), Erasmus MC - Cardiology
Progression of atrial fibrillation (AF) is caused by abnormalities in electrical conduction (‘electropathology’) which can be uncovered by applying a dedicated electrical stimulation technique. The severity of electropathology is indicated by the level of electrical biomarkers which can be used to individualize diagnosis and therapy of AF.

Monitoring fetal hormones by measurements in maternal serum
Prof.dr. R.P. (Robin) Peeters (m), Erasmus MC - Endocrinology
Low maternal thyroid hormone levels during pregnancy result in a decreased child IQ, autism, ADHD and schizophrenia. To improve treatment of hypothyroid mothers (and brain development of their children), this study will develop a method to monitor fetal thyroid status via measurements in maternal serum.

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