Research Departments Physiology 20200327 Employees Personal Touch Laurien Buffart
26 March 2020

Could you tell us something about your work at the department?
Over the past years, my research has focused on the role of exercise in patients with cancer during and after their treatments. I recently obtained a Hypatia tenure track grant which allowed me to make the transition from Amsterdam UMC to Radboudumc. I’m very excited to start new studies in patients with cancer aiming to study if and how exercise may improve treatment tolerance and clinical outcome.
Could you describe yourself in a few words:
Energetic, enthusiastic, sporty, dedicated, motivated.
What do you normally do in the weekends?
On Saturday morning, I bring my daughter to soccer and go for a run myself. I’ll have a nice coffee at home afterwards, and then all the other weekend activities start: spend time with my family, play with the kids, meet our friends, go for walk with the dog etc.
In the coming weekends, we’ll have to combine the normal weekend activities with packing boxes, painting walls, and settling in our new home.
What are your hobbies and can you tell us something about your favorite one?
Running has been my main hobby since I was a PhD student. Although I don’t participate as often anymore, I still enjoy running a race, with cross country running as one of my favorite races. I guess with moving from Amsterdam to Nijmegen, I will need to practice running in the hills and participate in the 7 Heuvelenloop yearly. Besides running, I like other sports as well, including swimming, cycling and sailing, but I also enjoy reading a good book.
Could you describe your best holiday?
Travelling with the campervan through Western-Australia was fantastic. I also really enjoy sailing holidays; just going where-ever the wind takes you. And finally, I find a skiing-holiday a great break during the winter.
What is your dream for the future?
Things are great the way they are. I love my family and friends and enjoy my job.  So for the future, I hope that it will stay that way with everyone in good health.
Furthermore, my dream would be that less people will be diagnosed with cancer, and that more patients with cancer would benefit from treatment with less toxicity.
Please add a picture of yourself during a certain activity and add here a note explaining the photo:
This picture is taken when I was celebrating my birthday with my kids last year. Not really a physical activity, but it was fun 😊.


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