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Maroeska Rovers full professor

Maroeska Rovers is a (principal) investigator in many international and national epidemiologic studies.

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Maroeska Rovers full professor

Maroeska Rovers is a (principal) investigator in many international and national epidemiologic studies. Her previous international projects and multi-center trials have shown that she is able to bring together the joint efforts of internationally leading experts and other partners to further develop worldwide innovations. Her current ambition is to revolutionize surgical clinical science, so that surgical procedures will become more patient tailored, safer and efficient. Topics include urological cancers, head and neck cancers, gynecological cancers, and general surgery.

Maroeska Rovers (1973) studied Health Sciences and did her PhD (Thesis: Otitis Media with Effusion; The effects of ventilation tubes) at the Radboud University Nijmegen. After her PhD (2000) she was appointed as a postdoc at the MRC Institute of hearing Research in Nottingham, and as from 2001 as an associate professor at the Julius Center of the University Medical Center Utrecht. Since 2012 she is appointed as a full professor in Evidence-based Surgery at the Radboud University Medical Center Nijmegen. She is a member of various research committees, e.g. Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research and the Cochrane Collaboration. She teaches graduate and postgraduate students in evidence-based medicine and epidemiologic research. She has published over 160 scientific papers and obtained numerous (methodological and applied) research grants.
Furthermore, once or twice a year she does "science for kids", which means she gives a lecture and prepares some small experiments for children between 7 and 12 years old.

Personal prizes & awards national & international

  • 2018: Awarded VICI-grant entitled “Towards early evaluation of surgical innovations using an integrated approach (SURGE)”
  • 2016: Awarded TOP-proposal entitled “Promoting tailored healthcare: improving methods to investigate subgroup effects in treatment response when having multiple individual participant datasets”
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Personal prizes & awards national & international

  • 2018: Awarded VICI-grant entitled “Towards early evaluation of surgical innovations
    using an integrated approach (SURGE)”
  • 2016: Awarded TOP-proposal entitled “Promoting tailored healthcare: improving methods to investigate subgroup effects in treatment response when having multiple individual participant datasets”
  • 2011: Hypatia tenure track fellowship Radboudumc, awarded to the 10 most talented researchers of the Radboudumc
  • 2011: Prize for the best applicable clinical paper in Pediatrics by the Maarten Kappelle Foundation
  • 2008: Elisabeth von Freyburg award every 2 year to the most promising young researcher of the University Medical Center Utrecht
  • 2008: Prize for the best applicable ENT paper in 2007/2008 by the foundation KNOhow
  • 2007: Steyn Parvé personal development award of the UMC Utrecht, which is intended to stimulate talented female researchers in reaching academic top positions
  • 2005: Prize for the best methodology paper in the International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care in 2004
  • 2003: Prestigious Dutch VENI grant for young promising researchers (awarded to top 10%)
  • 2003: Prize for the best audiological thesis over the period 1999-2002, ATZE Spoor Foundation

Additional functions

  • Chief scientific officer MedValue (since 2016)
  • Member Academia Europaea (from August 2017)
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Additional functions

Institutional responsibilities / commissions of trust

  • Chief scientific officer MedValue (since 2016)

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Field of study

Department for Health Evidence

Radboud Institute for Health Sciences

Ideally, every procedure in clinical practice and public health should take place based on proof, instead of intuition or 'experience'. Our aim is to innovate and personalize healthcare and public health. read more

Research group Evidence Based Surgery

Maroeska Rovers's research subgroup investigates which surgical techniques are being used and whether or not they are necessary.

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Research group HTA Business

Maroeska Rovers's research subgroup HTA Business aims to guide new medical technology innovations by facilitating partnerships between the scientific community, medical technology business partners and policy makers.

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Vici grant for Maroeska Rovers

23 February 2018

Maroeska Rovers, Professor of Evidence Based Surgery, will receive a Vici research grant of 1.5 million euros from NWO (Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research).

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