13 January 2021

Looking back on the year 2020, RIMLS organised a special webinar. In this RIMLS online New Year Celebration, scientific director René Bindels reviewed 2020 together with Clasien Oomen and Dagmar Eleveld-Trancikova and looked forward to 2021. In this live show, Frank van de Veerdonk pitched his Corona research experience and Marije Koenders presented a pitch about Team Science in the studio. Most importantly, a number of our researchers received prizes in the traditional RIMLS awards ceremony. 

Otto Boerman representing the Jury, disclosed the secrets of the nominees, which have led to the award winners of the Best Master & PhD thesis. Marieke Willemse, as a virtual guest speaker, told us more about the Best Image award and success story to achieve this and Anouk Becker (chair RIMLS PhD Council) announced the honorable and highly desired RIMLS award: Supervisor of the Year! 

To view this webinar click here

The RIMLS award winners are:

RIMLS Master Thesis: Mara Nicolasen  Major Histocompatibility Complex- class I drives polarisation of the microtubule organizing center in dendritic cell synapses


RIMLS PhD Thesis of 2020:  Rik Lindeboom  Investigating gene regulation in development and disease using integrative omics approaches


RIMLS Breakthrough Publication of 2020: Rebecca Halbach et al. (link)  A satellite repeat-derived piRNA controls embryonic development of Aedes


Best RIMLS Image award: Daan ‘t Hart en Valentina Palacio-Castañeda


RIMLS Travel Grants:

Cansu  Yanginlar € 445,- to visit a conference Tübingen/Germany
Daan Vieringa € 1000,- to visit a conference in San Diego, CA, USA
Gijs Franken € 900,- to visit a conference in Andover, NH, USA
Lotte Tholen € 475,- to visit a workshop in Santander, Spain
Elke Muntjewerff € 500,- for a work placement at Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
Teodora-Veronica Grigore € 500,- for a work placement at Karolinska Institute Stockholm, Sweden


Supervisor of the Year: 

The supervisor of the year award is organized by the RIMLS PhD Council. For 2020 Jeroen de Baaij, Ellen van den Boogaard and Frank Hoentjen were the three nominated supervisors. All RIMLS PhD candidates were invited to vote for these nominees. After an exciting neck-to-neck race Frank Hoentjen, theme Inflammatory Diseases, was elected as Supervisor of the Year 2020!  


Annual RIMLS Award 2020: Otto Boerman Director of the Radboud Animal Research Facility

The RIMLS award is an annual prize for people who have contributed a lot to the RIMLS institute. Since 2017 Otto Boerman is the Director of the Radboud Animal Research Facility and transformed this facility into a financially healthy institute. More importantly, customer and staff satisfaction has increased enormously, giving the Radboud Technology Center (RTC) a new future. In addition, as chair of the RTC board, he further improved the organization of the RTC's. We are proud to have Otto Boerman as our colleague.

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