Miriam Haaksma Different but the same. Unravelling the progression of dementia
Both the type of symptoms and the speed of decline vary a lot among people with dementia. Patients who appear to be similar, for example in terms of age, can have markedly different courses of disease.read more
Miriam Haaksma Different but the same. Unravelling the progression of dementiaBoth the type of symptoms and the speed of decline vary a lot among people with dementia. Patients who appear to be similar, for example in terms of age, can have markedly different courses of disease. This raises many questions for people who are diagnosed with dementia and their clinicians. The goal of Miriam’s thesis is to provide a prediction model of dementia progression, which can be used to reduce uncertainty and enhance shared-decision making and personalized care planning for people with dementia. The conducted studies show that it is possible to identify patients who are at risk of rapid disease progression. These patients may benefit from increased monitoring of their health status. At the same time, our results also indicate that the majority of people with dementia experience relatively slow disease progression. Despite the disease, their daily functioning and independence remain intact for a relatively long time period.
Date, time and location PhD defense
- Date: 12 November 2019
- Time: 10.30 hrs
- Location: Radboud Universiteit, Academiezaal Aula, Comeniuslaan 2
Miriam Haaksma (1990) graduated from Wageningen University in 2014 (MSc Nutrition & Health). She carried out her doctoral research at the Radboudumc, the Johns Hopkins University (US), and the Karolinska Institute (SE). Meanwhile, she obtained grants, received a Junior Investigator Award and was awarded the Christine Mohrmann Stipend for excellent female researchers. Currently, Miriam works as an epidemiologist at the Netherlands Cancer Institute.
- Promotor: prof. M.G.M. Olde Rikkert
- Co-promotors: R.F.J. Melis PhD and J.M. Leoutsakos PhD