On Tuesday 10 December, Esmée Bakker and Yonne Peters were awarded a Christine Mohrmann stipend. The purpose of the grant is to encourage researchers to continue their academic career after completing their PhDs. The grant – 5000 euros each – gives them an opportunity to spend time at another university, preferably one abroad.
Esmée Bakker, theme Vascular damage, examines the effects of physical (in)activity on cardiovascular health within the area of primary and secondary prevention. Her goal is to determine how much physical activity is needed to improve health and to determine the health risks of a sedentary lifestyle. Esmée will use the Mohrmann stipend to perform innovative research at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Trondheim, Norway). She will use data of the HUNT-study, which is a large population-based study collecting detailed data about physical fitness, (in)activity patterns and cardiovascular health.
The incidence of esophageal adenocarcinoma has risen by 6-fold over the last few decades in the Netherlands. Less than 4 out of 5 patients with esophageal cancer are still alive after 5 years. Yonne Peters, theme Tumors of the digestive tract, is working on a new strategy for early detection of (pre-stages) of esophageal cancer using breath analysis with an electronic nose. She examines the reliability and acceptance of this screening test. The ultimate goal is to implement this breath test as a screening test in general practice or population screening to detect esophageal cancer at an early stage and increase survival. Yonne will use the Mohrmann stipend for a visit to the MRC Cancer Unit in Cambridge, experts in the field of esophageal cancer screening.
Read more on the Radboud University website 'Mohrmann Stipend for ten female PhD candidates'
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