31 October 2019

My name is Marlies Cornelissen, a Dutch senior pediatrician, specialised in pediatric nephrology, and working for almost 25 years at the department of Pediatric Nephrology of the Amalia Children’s Hospital, theme Renal disorders.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? Can you tell us something about your child years? 

"I grew up on a milk-farm in the neighbourhood of Breda as the only daughter with 4 brothers, so never a dull moment : ). I knew from the start that I didn’t want to run a farm, and later on discovered I wanted a career in healthcare. I doubted whether I could become a medical doctor myself, whether I wanted to study so long for that; I never regretted a day I did so."

What was your previous academic training, where did you study and why that study?

"I went to the Catholic University Nijmegen in 1981 to study Medicine, and after my cum laude graduation accepted a PhD position at the Dep. of Ped. Nephrology. I defended my thesis om my 30th birthday. I think I did well, because they allowed me to start the 5 yrs training for paediatrician and thereafter 2 yrs for specialisation in nephrology.  This job is what I ever wanted; the combination of clinical, research and educational duties, all in one day. For an academic ped. nephrologist Nijmegen is the best place to be; so why moving?"

The RIMLS motto is: ‘Today’s molecules for tomorrow’s medicine’. What does this mean for you?
"This means to me that we all work together to improve treatment for patients with (renal) diseases; To have a significant impact on healthcare."

Who is your great example as scientists? And why?

"Prof.dr. Leo Monnens educated me in pediatric nephrology; in patient care ├índ science. I did my PhD – about vitamin K-  under his inspiring supervision.  I don’t know another person who knows so much about everything and is so dedicated to research, his whole life long (he is > 80 yrs now and still involved in research)."  

Which research discovery that you have made has made you most proud?

"I am proud om my KLEINE KiNT project, which made it possible to transplant small children under 4 years of age with an adult kidney; this means that these children do not have to do dialysis for some years, but can be transplanted directly with a kidney from their parents. The youngest child so far was 1,5 yrs old when she received a kidney from her mother. Also the discovery of a novel hypokalemic-alkalotic salt-losing nephropathy due to pathogenic CLDN10 mutations affecting TAL paracellular ion transport makes me proud."

Given unlimited finance what experiment would you perform?

"I would grow kidneys out of stem cells."

What does your working area look like and what does it say about you or your research?

"My desk is pretty neat, I like to have things in order. I think I am pretty well organised, which does not mean that I reach every deadline!"

Nominate a colleague to be in the spotlight:

"I would like to nominate Michiel Schreuder and learn from him how he faces the challenge of combining research with clinical duties."

What type of person are you? Quick insights:

a) Mac or PC?                               : PC
b) Theater or cinema?                : Theater
c) Dine out or dine in?                : Both
d) Ferrari or Fiat?                         : I like my Ford Smax most
e) Shopaholic or chocoholic?     : Undoubtedly chocoholic
f) Culture or Nature                     : Nature

Related news items


Young Radboudumc researchers receive grant to engage in bio-medical and health research that is off the beaten path

16 September 2021

The ZonMw Off Road program is once again giving young scientists the opportunity to conduct innovative research in medical and/or health care. This research is off the beaten track and aims to bring about new insights and unexpected breakthroughs for healthcare and healthcare innovation.

read more

Infections increase risk to develop dementia

16 September 2021

In a recently published study, Radboudumc researchers investigated the effects of infectious events on cognitive decline and the development of dementia and its possible structural underpinning using pre- and post-infection MRI of the brain.

read more

Young Investigator Award for Alex Garanto

16 September 2021

Alex Garanto has been honored with the 2021 Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. publishers Young Investigator Award

read more

ENABLECARES launches a course on entrepreneurship for PhD candidates and postdocs

15 September 2021

Are you thinking about what to do after your PhD? Want to know more about entrepreneurship? This course gives you insight in many aspects of entrepreneurship and research in industry.

read more

Effectiveness and predictors of response to somatostatin analogues in patients with gastrointestinal angiodysplasias

15 September 2021

Lia Goltstein and colleagues published a study about effectiveness and predictors of response to somatostatin analogues in patients with gastrointestinal angiodysplasias: a systematic review and individual patient data meta-analysis.

read more

Cooperating T cells clear tumor cells more effectively

10 September 2021

Live imaging: immune cells attack tumor

read more