Research Departments Physiology 20210730 Personal Touch Koen van der Sluijs
10 August 2021

Could you tell us something about your work at the department?
I’m a PhD candidate; my research focuses on the role between physical activity and vascular health. We include healthy participants from our 4Daagse and Zevenheuvelenloop cohorts and ask them to visit the department to undergo a series of tests, such as blood pressure measurements, carotid artery ultrasound scans and blood sampling. We have big research week coming up: 500 participants between the 16th and 23rd of July! I’m very lucky to receive loads of help from everyone in the department :)

Could you describe yourself in a few words:
I’m a real team player: I’m happy if everyone else is happy!

What do you normally do in the weekends?
Do some sports – mostly running and cycling in the past few weeks – and meet up with friends to have a beer. Preferably at a nice pub that serves craft beers, but at home while playing board games is fun too.

What are your hobbies and can you tell us something about your favorite one?
Besides sports and beers, I like cooking a lot. I like trying out new recipes too, so every now and then I go for it and spend a full Sunday on gathering the ingredients, preparation and cooking the dish. The best dishes are the ones that take a couple of hours to marinade and simmer such as curries or stews. It takes some effort, but it’s totally worth it!

Could you describe your best holiday?
The holidays I like best are the ones where you combine visits to sights or towns with activities in nature such as hiking or mountain biking and then closing off the day at a bar with nice people. Not so surprising then that I’m a big fan of France and Italy. I would like to travel to some more exotic places someday, but I haven’t made any plans yet.

What is your dream for the future?
Staying healthy, having a job that I enjoy and that is meaningful to society and being surrounded by friends and family.

Please add a picture of yourself during a certain activity and add here a note explaning the photo:
This picture took me by surprise, while finishing off a barbecue dish in France, last year.

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