From research on the effect of music on slowing down dementia, the impact of the digital society, the use of smart software to explain a medical diagnosis, to research that designs a model for SME financing – these are some examples of the various subjects that the talented teachers will be doing PhD research on in the coming years within this science-wide programme.

The grant is meant for teachers in primary, secondary, vocational, higher vocational and special education. There are no limits to the type of PhD research that they do or want to do. With the PhD grant a replacement teacher can be appointed for a period of maximum 5 years for half of the contract hours, up to a maximum of 0.4 fte.

These are the Doctoral Grants for the domain Health reserach and development:

Nurses’ participation in Antimicrobial Stewardship (NuPAS)

M.J. (Maria) Bos (f) Avans University of Applied Sciences – Radboud University Nijmegen

Antimicrobial resistance (resistance of micro-organisms (e.g. bacteria) against antibiotics) is a global threat with major consequences for healthcare. One of the interventions that can reduce antimicrobial resistance is to ensure that antibiotics are used appropriately. Nurses can play a crucial role in this. This research aims to clarify and describe this role.

Towards nursing competencies which improve access to care for Turkish and Moroccan migrants with dementia and their informal caregivers

G. (Gözde) Duran (f) Windesheim University of Applied Sciences – VU Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The number of Turkish and Moroccan migrants with dementia is rapidly increasing. These migrants hardly use dementia care. This study explores how nurses can recognise, assess and strengthen the ability of Turkish and Moroccan migrants with dementia and their informal caregivers to improve their access to appropriate dementia care.

From black box to intelligible machine learning for the accurate diagnosis of medical images

R. (Ralf) Raumanns (m) Fontys University of Applied Sciences – Eindhoven University of Technology
Smart software, trained in medical imaging, has major potential in healthcare. It is extremely difficult, however, to pinpoint how the software ‘thinks’. This research examines how we can provide those involved with a better understanding by adding a more explicit visual explanation about the diagnosis in order to clear the path for application.

Synthesis of carbohydrate-based multivalent galectin inhibitors

N.V. (Nishant) Sewgobind (m) Avans University of Applied Sciences – Utrecht University
Blocking the action of carbohydrates on certain proteins, specifically galectins, can close off undesirable paths to certain illnesses. Powerful and selective inhibitors for galectins can make this happen. These are designed, synthesised and strengthened in this project. The evaluation will take place in important cell systems and ultimately in mice and humans.

Access to music for people with dementia

R.R. (Rik) Wesselink (m) Windesheim University of Applied Sciences – Eindhoven University of Technology
The quality of life of people with dementia decreases rapidly when they experience difficulties using everyday products and lose their initiative. This research will examine how smart technology can support people with mild-moderate dementia to benefit from the positive effects of listening to music in daily life.

Read more on the website of NWO.


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