Maroeska Rovers, Machteld van Egmond and Niels van Heerbeek will receive one of the three Radboud Science Awards this year. By winning this award, the researchers participate in the education programme of the Science Education Hub Radboud University (WKRU). They get the opportunity to translate their research, aimed at the quality of life after a nasal septum correction, together with teachers, into primary education.
Necessity of Correcting the Nasal Septum
Correcting the septum improves the passageway in the nose to remedy complaints such as a stuffy nose and headaches. Although it is the most common ENT surgical procedure for adults, evidence for its effectiveness was lacking until recently. Maroeska Rovers, Machteld van Egmond, and Niels van Heerbeek were the first to research the general effectiveness as well as the cost-effectiveness of this treatment. They discovered that patients who underwent a septum correction experienced improved nasal passage function and a higher quality of life than the patients who were treated without surgical intervention, and that this treatment was also cost-effective. Their findings resulted in the start of a nationwide guideline for ENT physicians.
The ceremony will take place in the auditorium of Radboud University. Due to the corona crisis, this edition is on a smaller scale than previous years. There is limited space for public and press in the auditorium, but the event can be followed online by everyone via the stream of the Aula. Starts at 9.30 a.m. and ends at 11 a.m.
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