Sandra Tijssen (ErasmusMC), Marcel Jonker (iBMG) and Annemieke Romein (ESHCC) will go to the United States and Belgium thanks to the programme Rubicon. They will research family-brain, patient preferences and policing the Low Countries.
Three researchers who have recently received their PhDs at Erasmus University can do their research at foreign research institutes thanks to a Rubicon grant from NWO. 22 proposals out of in total 78 are awarded. For many researchers, experience abroad is an important step in their career. The awards are for the third funding round of 2016.
Rubicon gives young, highly promising researchers the opportunity to gain international research experience.
A family-built brain
The family environment influences the development of children. However, we know little about the relation between family factors and brain development. Dr Sandra Thijssen will investigate whether family factors play a part in the brain processes related to the reward-oriented behaviour in children aged 9 and 10 years. She will go to University of Minnesota for 18 months
Individual patient preferences
Dr Marcel Jonker will do his reseach at Duke University for 24 months. Patient preferences for medical treatments form an important input for ‘Shared Decision Making’ in clinical practice. The aim of this research is to develop, statistically validate and apply a methodology to measure patient preferences at the individual level and to do this in three medical disciplines.
Policing the Low Countries
Dr Annemieke Romein will go to the Institute for Early Modern History at Gent University for 24 months. Using approaches from political-institutional history and legal history, she will investigate how the Flemish and Dutch provincial and town governments interacted during the period 1579-1701 to facilitate order and safety, enforce the law and protect the state.
The Rubicon programme is named after the river Julius Caesar crossed after his series of victories, which ultimately led to his declaration ‘veni, vidi, vici’.