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Richard Grol Visiting Scientist Award 2018 for Heather Whitson
Heather Whitson is Associate Professor of Medicine with Tenure in the Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, North Carolina, USA. Dr Whitson was nominated for the award by René Melis of theme Healthcare improvement science.
Considering her impressive CV as well as her inspiring lecture and college tour in Nijmegen on 12 April 2018, the RIHS management had an easy task in deciding to award Heather Whitson.
* About Heather Whitson
Dr. Heather Whitson is an Associate Professor of Medicine with Tenure in the Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, North Carolina, USA. Dr. Whitson's research is focused on improving care and health outcomes for people with multiple chronic conditions. She is interested in improving care delivery systems and intervention programs to better serve medically complex patients. Against this background she focuses on frailty as a generic characteristic of aging and predictor of negative health outcomes. She is a pioneer in the subject of resilience, specifically physical resilience. Physical resilience is defined as one’s ability to withstand or recover from functional decline following an acute or chronic health stressor. Physical resilience is a topic that has received considerable interest and support in the aging research community in the United States (with Dr. Whitson as a strong voice in the field), and this topic is likely to enable collaborative research efforts between Duke Aging Center and Radboudumc, where geriatrics investigators are leading European initiatives to elaborate the construct of physical resilience. As the Deputy Director of the Duke Aging Center, Dr. Whitson leads research efforts aimed at promoting physical resilience to late-life stressors. As such, she is co-PI of the NIH funded Physical Resiliencies: Indicators and Mechanisms in the Elderly (PRIME) Collaborative and a Core Leader in Duke’s NIH funded Claude D. Pepper Older American Independence Center, which conducts research within its theme: optimizing physical resilience. Dr. Whitson applies the knowledge and understanding of resilience gained from this research in an interdisciplinary team seeking to improve peri-operative outcomes for frail or at-risk seniors who must undergo surgery.
* About the award
The Radboud Institute for Health Sciences honors a foreign researcher or teacher with the Richard Grol Visiting Scientist Award. This award is named after the founder of the institute.
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John Graunt Award 2018 for Alessandro Vespignani
* Early work
Alessandro Vespignani received the John Graunt Award 2018, in recognition of his ground breaking research in the spreading of lethal infectious diseases. With his work, Vespignani contributed to health protection of people around the planet by combining two research fields: epidemiology and network science. He showed that the social network of people plays a major role in the spreading of viruses. And this forms the basis for health scientists who are building models for the prediction and prevention of the spreading of viruses such as Zika and Ebola.
* Research group
Professor Vespignani’s research activities focus on the data-driven computational modeling of epidemic and spreading phenomena and the study of biological, social and technological networks.
* About the award
Since 2016, the Radboud Institute for Health Sciences honors an outstanding scientist every two years for their extraordinary achievements in one of the population sciences.
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Open Science and open access
Open science is the practice of science in such a way that others can collaborate and contribute, where research data, lab notes and other research processes are freely available, under terms that enable reuse, redistribution and reproduction of the research and its underlying data and methods.read more
Open Science and open accessOpen science is the practice of science in such a way that others can collaborate and contribute, where research data, lab notes and other research processes are freely available, under terms that enable reuse, redistribution and reproduction of the research and its underlying data and methods. Radboudumc agrees with international developments concerning open science. See the National Plan Open Science. Open Access is an important part of Open Science. Open Access of publications provides direct, free and online access to scientific publications without copyright restrictions of publishers. Open Access significantly increases the visibility of a publication. Current Radboudumc guidelines regarding Open Access publishing are in order of priority:
- In case you have funding for article processing charges (APC), and there is a good open access candidate journal for your paper, submit your paper to this open access journal
- In other cases, and for the time being, submit your paper to a classical journal that waives the APC for corresponding authors from Dutch universities (see www.openaccess.nl)
- If there is no good candidate journal that waives the APC, search for a good alternative open access journal (and pay the APC)
- If there is no good alternative open access journal, as a last option, choose a classical journal and pay APC to make your paper open access.
The UBN provides advice about open access.