Erasmus MC Fellowship
The Erasmus MC Fellowship offers young, promising researchers who have been awarded their PhD a four-year research fellowship with a total budget of €400,000, consisting of a €200,000 subsidy and a €200,000 matching grant. This enables them to initiate or continue their own line of research.
Scientific talent is extremely important to Erasmus MC. The Erasmus MC Fellowship is an individual subsidy that enables clinical researchers, fundamental researchers, and health science researchers to develop their academic research further and to initiate or continue their own line of research.
Dr Y. M. (Yvonne) Bastiaansen-Jenniskens
Erasmus MC, Department of Orthopedics
Monocytes and macrophages in arthrosis: like father, like son?
Arthrosis is a joint disease in which cartilage wears away and inflammation of the joint capsule occurs. In her research, Dr Yvonne Bastiaansen-Jenniskens focuses on the inflammation. She is studying the relationship between inflammatory cells in the blood, the monocytes, and inflammatory cells in the joint capsule, the macrophages. It is known that monocytes can differentiate into macrophages. But how exactly do monocytes and macrophages affect each other in the context of arthrosis? The research results may provide new reference points for the treatment of arthrosis-related inflammation.
Dr V. (Veerle) Bergink
Erasmus MC, Department of Psychiatry
After giving birth to a first child, women are at a substantially increased risk of becoming manic or psychotic, even if they have no psychiatric history whatsoever. Dr Veerle Bergink aims to achieve a better understanding of the risks and protective factors involved in these disorders during the postpartum period. She is studying the occurrence of infections, autoimmunity diseases and immunity disorders. She is also studying brain structure and brain activity during this period of acute confusion, also after recovery. The aim is to provide better treatment for postpartum psychosis.
Dr H. J. (Henk-Jan) Boele
Erasmus MC, Department of Neuroscience
New brain connections: from mechanism to treatment
Our brain, and our nervous system more generally, has a tremendous capacity to adapt. This adaptability is referred to as neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity plays a crucial role in memory formation and brain healing. Dr Henk-Jan Boele intends to study the biological processes of neuroplasticity to obtain a deeper understanding of how memories are formed. This knowledge is also urgently required for the treatment of diseases that involve the degeneration of or damage to the nervous system.
Dr T. (Tahlita) Zuiverloon
Erasmus MC, Department of Urology
Genetic predictors for the response of bladder cancer patients to chemotherapy
A small group of patients with muscle-invasive bladder cancer benefits from chemotherapy prior to the surgical removal of the bladder. While this operation increases patients’ chances of survival, it is currently unclear how an individual patient will respond to chemotherapy. Many patients therefore wrongly receive toxic chemotherapy and their operations are postponed, which reduces their chances of survival. Dr Tahlita Zuiverloon therefore wishes to identify markers that can predict the response to chemotherapy and provide new reference points for new therapies.