25 March 2022

On 22 March the RIHS Awards 2021 ceremony took place online. In front of an audience of more than 160 colleagues, RIHS awardees accepted their awards for the best PhD thesis, the research product with the highest impact on society, the best peer-reviewed publication, research that most actively involves patients and the Supervisor of the year 2021.

We proudly present the winners:

1. The RIHS PhD Award for the PhD candidate who delivered the best thesis in 2021

The nominated theses were judged by the jury, consisting of Tim Olde Hartman, Giesje Nefs and Mark Rijpkema.

Nominated PhD theses:

  • Esmée Bakker 
  • Lonneke Boer
  • Wytkse Geense
  • Niek Koenders
  • Pepijn Krielen
  • Tim Pelle
  • Anton Schreuder
  • Fitsum Tadesse
  • Lisa van de Wijer
  • Frans van Workum

The winner of the PhD Award 2021 is Lisa van de Wijer, with her thesis entitled ‘The enduring challenges of antiretroviral therapy'.

2. The RIHS Societal Impact Award for the RIHS research product with the highest impact on society in 2021

The nominated products were judged by the jury, consisting of  Angela Colbers, Patrick Jeurissen and Niven Mehra.


  • Strategic plan for the surveillance and elimination of Anopheles stephensi in Ethiopia; Fitsum Tadesse.
  • The SAFE platform; Nicole van Gelder, Suzanne Ligthart, Sabine Oertelt-Prigione.
  • Stronger on your own feet (SOEB) COVID-19 registration; Monique Koks-Leensen, Bianca Schalk, Maarten Cuypers, Masha Nagele, Milou van den Bemd, Esther Bakker-van Gijssel, Geraline Leusink, Jenneken Naaldenberg.
  • Global-, Regional-, and Country-Level Economic Impacts of Dental Diseases; Milica Jevdjevic, Amy Righolt, Stefan Listl.
  • Dutch Pediatric Formulary drug information now also available as national formularies in Germany, Austria and Norway; Tjitske van der Zanden, Saskia de Wildt.

The winner of the RIHS Societal Impact Award 2021 is ‘Strategic plan for the surveillance and elimination of Anopheles stephensi in Ethiopia’ of Fitsum Tadesse.

3. The RIHS Science Award for the best peer-reviewed publication in 2021

The nominated papers were judged by the jury, consisting of Laurien Buffart, Debby Gerritsen and Robin Nijveldt.


  • Eline Allard et al. Moderate Intensity Exercise Training Improves Skeletal Muscle Performance in Symptomatic and Asymptomatic Statin Users. (Journal of the American College of Cardiology)
  • Esmée Bakker et al. Dose–response association between moderate to vigorous physical activity and incident morbidity and mortality for individuals with a different cardiovascular health status: a cohort study among 142,493 adults from the Netherlands. (PLOS medicine)
  • Lindsey te Brake et al. Increased bactericidal activity but dose-limiting intolerability at 50 mg/kg rifampicin. (European Respiratory journal)
  • Charlotte van Corven et al. Defining empowerment for older people living with dementia from multiple perspectives: A qualitative study. (International journal of Nursing Studies)
  • Maarten Cuypers et al. Cancer‐related mortality among people with intellectual disabilities: A nationwide population‐based cohort study. (Cancer)
  • Anke Oerlemans et al. Learning shared decision-making in clinical practice. (Patient Education and Counseling)
  • Miranda Steenbeek et al. in Association of salpingectomy with delayed oophorectomy versus Salpingo-oophorectomy with quality of life in BRCA1/2 pathogenic variant carriers: a nonrandomized controlled trial. (JAMA Oncology)
  • Kiran Vaidhya Venkadesh et al. Deep Learning for Malignancy Risk Estimation of Pulmonary Nodules Detected at Low-Dose Screening CT. (Radiology)
  • Carl Wijburg et al. Robot-assisted Radical Cystectomy Versus Open Radical Cystectomy in Bladder Cancer Patients: A Multicentre Comparative Effectiveness Study.(European Urology)

The winner of the RIHS Science Award 2021 is the JACC publication by ​Eline Allard entitled ‘Moderate Intensity Exercise Training Improves Skeletal Muscle Performance in Symptomatic and Asymptomatic Statin Users’.

4. The RIHS Patient Involvement Award for the researcher /research team that actively involves patients in their research 2021

The nominations were reviewed by the jury, consisting of José Custers and Peter de Goede (Patient Advisory Board).


  • TUBA study group for the involvement of the Patient Advisory Board ‘Women’s cancers’ - Majke van Bommel, Rosella Hermens, Joanne de Hullu, Miranda Steenbeek and colleagues TUBA study group
  • Crowdience: an easy-accessible web application to enable people with mild intellectual disability and their carers to participate in research - Kirsten Bevelander, Anneke van der Cruijsen, Monique Koks-Leensen, Anouk Menko
  • Participatory action research at the department of Hematology - Geneviève Ector, Rosella Hermens and Nicole Blijlevens
  • Children and their parents as experts throughout the drug development cycle - Saskia de Wildt, Henriëtte Burgers, Fenna Mahler
  • Patient involvement in MICE (Minimally Invasive Cervical Esophagectomy) - A.N. Cijntje, L.C.H. Gerritsen, N.P. Saly, M.S.A.G Smeets, A.G. Zoetmulder, M. Scholte, C. Rosman, L.M. van Veenendaal, B.R. Klarenbeek

The winners of the RIHS Patient Involvement Award 2021 are Majke van Bommel, Rosella Hermens, Joanne de Hullu and Miranda Steenbeek of the TUBA study group for the 'involvement of the Patient Advisory Board ‘Women’s cancers'. 

5. RIHS Supervisor of the year 2021

All nominations were reviewed by last year’s winners of the Supervisor of the year award: Geert Litjens and Michiel Warlé. This year, they decided to again award two supervisors, one clinician and one non-clinician.


  • Gerjon Hannink
  • Getty Huisman - de Waal
  • Jakko van Ingen
  • Dennis Janssen
  • Bas Loomans
  • René Melis
  • Jenneken Naaldenberg
  • Juul van den Reek
  • Philip de Reuver
  • Camiel Rosman
  • Saskia Schols
  • Ioannis Sechopoulos

View here all nominations for the RIHS Supervisor of the year award.

The two winners of the RIHS Supervisor of the year award 2021 are Jenneken Naaldenberg and Philip de Reuver.

Some of the qualifications mentioned:

'' Jenneken Naaldenberg ensures everything runs smoothly and looks out for our wellbeing".

"Philip de Reuver is full of energy and enthusiasm and has always time for coffee with interest in running projects and you!".


The award winners will receive €750.

Detailed information about the awards and the procedures can be found on our website.

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