24 June 2020

Each year, the best research projects of Radboudumc master’s students are awarded with a prize. The Radboudumc Master Prize Committee awards individual prizes to students of each master’s program (Medicine, Biomedical Sciences, Dentistry and Molecular Mechanisms of Disease).
Consideration was given to originality/creativity, contribution of the student himself/herself, placement of results within a scientific framework, relevance, soundness of execution, design and quality of the report and critical consideration of the student's own research.

Normally the winners present their research, but this year the presentation had to be cancelled. Joost Drenth, chairman of the Radboudumc Master Prize Committee, addressed the prize winners via an online meeting for delivering this remarkable achievement. 

Radboudumc University Award & Master Award Molecular Mechanisms of Disease
Julie Verhoef

Title thesis: CRISPR/Cas9-mediated gene editing of pantothenamide resistance genes in P. falciparum

Julie very quickly mastered various specialized techniques, including genetic manipulation with the latest CRISPR-Cas9 technologies and large-scale drug sensitivity testing. She received the Dr. Saal van Swanenberg Prize (2nd place) for best master's thesis in pharmaceutical or medical sciences aimed at drug development at the Royal Dutch Society of Science (KHMW) and the RIMLS Master's thesis award 2019.

The Radboudumc University Prize is awarded to the best master's thesis of all medical studies.  The presentation of this prize takes place at the start of the Academic Year.

Master Prize in Dentistry
Myrlon of Ravensteijn

Title thesis: The effect of omega 3 fatty acids on active periodontal therapy - a systematic review and meta-analysis

Myrlon has very well converted a relevant practical question into a research question to be answered. The embedding of the research question in a detailed description of the background, coupled with adequate research design and associated analysis, has resulted in a clear and readable report. 

Master Prize in Biomedical Sciences
Jessie Gommers

Title thesis: Trends in the incidence of squamous cell carcinoma and adenocarcinoma of the oesophagus in the Netherlands since 1989 - More evidence from APC modelling

Jessie stood out for her good writing style. She presented the final report in the form of a draft publication. In addition, Jessie's analytical knowledge and skills are very high. Her concept paper is currently being converted into an article to be published in which she also describes future trends for esophageal cancer. Jessie has also conducted a trend analysis for prostate cancer. The abstract was immediately accepted for an English-language lecture at the WEON, the annual national epidemiology conference of the scientific association in Groningen. 

Master Prize in Medicine & Professor Chris Gips Prize
Bauke Haisma

Title thesis: The effect of β-hydroxy butyrate on the secretion of gut peptides in the small intestine

Bauke did a research internship at the University of Cambridge with the internationally renowned group of Professor F.M. Gribble. This group researches the role of intestinal hormones. Bauke mastered the complex practical laboratory skills in a very short period of time and gained in-depth knowledge of fundamental (lab) technical research within enteroendocrinology. He carried out and optimized all the individual experiments of his research himself. The results have been published in a scientific article. As a co-author he took care of a few paragraphs of this article.

The Professor Chris Gipsprijs is awarded to the most scientifically talented medical student for an international research internship. The presentation of this prize normally takes place in May, but has now been moved to 1 October.
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