Five young postdoctoral clinicians will set up their own line of research with a maximum grant of 200,000 euros per person from the Clinical Fellows programme. Their research projects are also aimed at building bridges between clinical practice and scientific research.

The researchers will work on better treatment choices for patients in a preliminary stage of cervical cancer, better therapy choices for patients with intestinal diseases such as Crohn’s disease, more knowledge of the disease rheumatoid arthritis, a faster recovery from a stroke, and personalised counselling and care for parents who experience a premature birth.

This year, the ZonMw programmes Efficiency Studies and Good Use of Medicines each had extra budget to offer a Clinical Fellowship to one talented young medical specialist.

Overview of the projects (alphabetical order of surname):

  • Dr Edith van Esch (Catharina Hospital) - Validation and implementation of prognostic immunological factors for clinical responses to imiquimod therapy in patients with cervical high grade squamous intraepithelial lesions (Good Use of Medicines)
  • Dr Noortje Festen (UMC Groningen) - Improving treatment for IBD by translating basic biology into treatment choices
  • Dr Rachel Knevel (Leiden University Medical Center) - Using a big data approach to divide the syndrome Rheumatoid Arthritis into homogenous subsets
  • Dr Bob Roozenbeek (ErasmusMC) - Prehospital triage of patients with suspected stroke symptoms: development, implementation and evaluation of a decision support tool (Efficiency Studies)
  • Dr Joanne Verweij (Leiden University Medical Center) - On the limits of neonatal viability: the ethics of changing towards an individualized prognosis-based approach

A Clinical Fellowship is a personal incentive grant for postdoctoral and specialised clinicians who want to continue combining clinical work with scientific research. With this fellowship, a clinician can make a start with setting up an own line of research. The programme is aimed at clinicians who are more or less at the beginning of their scientific career.

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