News items related to the Radboud Institute for Health Sciences.
Merel Ritskes-Hoitinga has been appointed honorary Skou professor at Aarhus University17 October 2019
Merel Ritskes-Hoitinga has been appointed honorary Skou Professor at the Dept. of Clinical Medicine, at Aarhus University. The aim is to introduce new perspectives to teaching, strengthen relations with leading research units abroad and establish joint research projects and funding applications.
KWF Roadshow 11 November 201910 October 2019
In which way(s) can KWF provide optimal support to oncological research and care? How can we maximize impact on our investments? These questions are pivotal in Ambition 2030: the vision that KWF developed in close cooperation with stakeholders in the oncological field.
More than 3000 visitors at Open Day RIHS10 October 2019
On Sunday 6 October RIHS organized an Open Day in the Weekend of Science (“Weekend van de Wetenschap”) with special guest and television presenter Klaas van Kruistum. More than 3000 visitors became a health scientist for one day and discovered how special healthcare research is.
‘Smart shirt’ can accurately measure breathing and could be used to monitor lung disease3 October 2019
Denise Mannée and colleagues are developing Hexoskin, a smart shirt that can measure breathing in people. It can reliably measure breathing in healthy people while carrying out activities. This means they can now test out the smart shirts with patients who have COPD.
A coordinated analysis on the association of sedentary behaviour and cognitive function1 October 2019
In Sports Medicine Carlijn Maasakkers and colleagues present the results from a coordinated analysis in 5 cohorts on the association between total sitting time and global cognition. As no clear associations were found, they hypothesize that specific types of sitting differentially affect cognition.
Digital health updates Stay up to date with a podcast26 September 2019
As a researcher it is important to know the ins and outs of your research area. Despite helpful tools and filters this is often very time consuming. The Lancet Digital Health offers podcasts in which authors present the key findings and implications of their work.
Radboud university medical center opens first healthcare AI labs19 September 2019
These are the first two ‘labs’ in the east of the Netherlands that are part of the national Innovation Center for Artificial Intelligence and the first health labs. With these two initiatives, Radboudumc and its partners are investing heavily in the application of AI to health care.
Careful prescription of addictive painkillers still necessary19 September 2019
Although the use of opioid painkillers in the Netherlands has risen over the past ten years, it is nowhere near the degree to which they are used in the United States, say Arnt Schellekens and his colleagues in an article published in The Lancet Public Health.
Radboud study on Dirty Money wins Ig Nobel Prize17 September 2019
By shaking hands we are exchanging bacteria. Does this happen without direct hand-to-hand contact, for example when paying with paper money? Andreas Voss, clinical microbiologist at Radboudumc and CWZ, and colleagues in the United States received an Ig Nobel Prize for research into dirty money.
Artificial intelligence for renal tissue assessment16 September 2019
Meyke Hermsen and Jeroen van der Laak, present an alternative approach, featuring a convolutional neural network for multi-class segmentation of periodic acid–Schiff-stained kidney tissue sections. Their work was published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
Phantomless calibration of CT scans for fracture risk assessment in cancer patients with femoral bone metastases5 September 2019
In Plos One, Florieke Eggermont, Esther Tanck and colleagues developed a calibration method, which makes clinical implementation of CT-based finite element models as tool for fracture risk assessment easier.
More than 350 festival attendees learned CPR during the Lowlands Saves Lives trial26 August 2019
During the 2019 Lowlands music festival, the Lowlands Saves Lives trial was performed by the department of Cardiology. The study was a huge success as over 350 participants were randomized and learned to perform CPR.
Social media posts on medication use during pregnancy often incorrect23 August 2019
Dutch social media regularly post about the safety of medicines for pregnant women. Many pregnant women use these posts as a source of information. A new analysis shows, however, that information found on social media about the risk of medication use often does not correspond with guidelines.
Drug-induced interstitial lung disease in advanced breast cancer patients receiving everolimus22 August 2019
In Targeted Oncology, Annelieke Willemsen, Carla van Herpen and colleagues, showed that pulmonary function test with diffusion capacity of the lungs for carbon monoxide and serum biomarkers can be of aid to differentiate everolimus-related interstitial lung disease from other respiratory problems.
European Commission Initiative on Breast Cancer (ECIBC) Guidelines13 August 2019
In Annals of internal medicine Mireille Broeders and colleagues from the ECIBC Guidelines Development Group described the methods used to develop person-centered evidence-based recommendations for screening and diagnosis of breast cancer.
Interested to supervise a bachelor student for a short period?25 July 2019
Are you interested in helping second year (bio)medical bachelor students in the first steps of their scientific development? Especially for PhD candidates this is a perfect opportunity to become involved in teaching/supervision!
Implementation of single national warning system will make pediatric wards even safer25 July 2019
This fall, all Dutch hospitals with a pediatric ward will have the possibility to implement a single signaling system that provides early warnings to caretakers as soon as the vital functions of admitted children are in danger.
Dental care can be improved also in the Netherlands25 July 2019
The Lancet is publishing a series of articles (Lancet Oral Health Series) that describe the vast global challenges in attaining improved oral health. One of the researchers and authors is Stefan Listl at Radboud university medical center.
4,8 million euros for prevention of tuberculosis among people with diabetes in Africa16 July 2019
Reinout van Crevel and Lindsey te Brake have received European funding of 4.8 million euros to lead an international consortium to screen thousands of people with diabetes in Uganda and Tanzania for TB, and investigate the effect and costs of 3 months preventive treatment for TB.
The real impact of menstrual complaints on work and school productivity8 July 2019
Menstrual period symptoms may be linked to nearly nine days of lost productivity every year, through presenteeism, suggests the largest study of its kind, published in the journal BMJ Open. But the real impact on women and society is underestimated and poorly appreciated, say the researchers.
Prostate cancer theranostics imaging, surgical guidance, and targeted photodynamic therapy5 July 2019
In Theranostics, Mark Rijpkema and colleagues present the development of a novel multimodal tracer that targets both preoperative imaging, surgical guidance, and targeted photodynamic therapy of PSMA-expressing prostate cancer.
Effects of prophylactic haloperidol on long-term quality of life in ICU Patients4 July 2019
In Anesthesiology, Paul Rood, Marieke Zegers and Mark van den Boogaard described that prophylactic haloperidol use does not affect long-term quality of life in critically ill patients at high risk for delirium.
Awarded KWF grants for Radboudumc researchers2 July 2019
The Dutch Cancer Society (KWF) has awarded 25.5 million euros to 50 new research projects in 16 different institutes. 8 grants are awarded to Radboudumc researchers. We congratulate our researchers with this funding and wish them success with their great work.
Robin Nijveldt appointed Professor of Cardiovascular Imaging1 July 2019
Robin Nijveldt was appointed Professor of Cardiovascular Imaging at Radboudumc, with effect from 1 June 2019. Nijveldt is an expert in the field of cardiac imaging and cardiac MRI in particular, with a focus on coronary artery disease and cardiomyopathies.
Grant about abuse of prescription opioids approved1 July 2019
Kees Kramers, Arnt Schellekens, Femke Atsma, Robert van Dongen and Henk Schers have been granted 1.8 million euro by NWO as part of the call of the Nationale Wetenschaps Agenda, in collaboration with investigators of Leiden and Utrecht university medical center.
Jan Smit appointed as dean / vice chair27 June 2019
Professor Jan Smit, current head of the Department of Internal Medicine, will be appointed as dean and vice chair of the Radboud university medical center as of 1 August. Within the Executive Board, Jan Smit will be particularly tasked with the portfolio of education and research.
The Lancet presents digital health journal27 June 2019
This new journal might become an interesting journal for RIHS researchers who are using new digital technologies. Please note that RIHS researchers who need support regarding new opportunities for data collection and participation by end-users can contact RIHS consultant Tom van de Belt.
Save the date RIHS PhD Retreat 21 & 22 November 201927 June 2019
Yearly, RIHS PhD candidates gather for the two-day PhD Retreat. Apart from the science, this event is highly valued for the opportunity to meet your fellow PhD candidates. This year with keynote speaker Dick Swaab! Registration will open soon.
Cost-effectiveness of mpMRI in active surveillance of prostate cancer25 June 2019
In European Urology Oncology Sejal Patel and colleagues evaluated the potential cost-effectiveness of including mpMRI in active surveillance for men diagnosed with low-risk prostate cancer in comparison to the standard monitoring program.
The gap in mortality between older and younger CRC patients has been bridged25 June 2019
In European Journal of Cancer, Nelleke Brouwer, Thea Zonneveld-Heil and colleagues showed that differences in postoperative mortality between older and younger patients with stage I-III colorectal cancer decreased. 1-year postoperative RS was almost equal for older and younger patients in 2015-2016.
Midsummer night event very successful25 June 2019
Almost 300 PhD candidates and postdocs from DCMN, RIHS and RIMLS enjoyed an inspiring and tasty Midsummer Night Event. Dean a.i. Jan Smit opened the event, after which Louise Lagendijk presented about 'selfcare is healthcare and positive psychology’.