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Profielwerkstukken | Weekendschool | A guide for foreign researchers in Belgium | Information for patients

September 2014

Website of the Dutch Pigment Foundation (Pigmentfonds Nederland) launched to provide detailed information on pigment disorders to medical doctor s, patients and the general public. Consult this website at www.pigmentfonds.nl to get up to date information on the pathogenesis and treatment of pigment cell disorders, and ongoing pigment cell research at the Dutch Institute for Pigment Disorders at the AMC.


April 2010: Symposium of the "Vereniging voor Vernieuwingsimpuls Onderzoekers" (VVViO)

The board of the VVViO organises a yearly symposium about science policy in The Netherlands and career perspectives for researchers. Read more about the symposium 2010 which took place on Wednesday April 28, in The Hague, at www.vvvio.nl


May 2007: Intermediair PhD career event in the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam

logo PhDeventAs in May 2006 at the Intermediair PhD career event in "De Beurs van Berlage" in Amsterdam, I represented the Marie Curie fellows Association to promote European research among Dutch PhD's. Together with the national contact point Alie Kwint from EGliaison/SenterNovem we informed many visitors on the possibilities of European funding for research projects abroad in Europe and the ERA-MORE intiative to facilitate international mobility of researchers. We offered them pratical information on how to apply for a Marie Curie fellowship and the advantages of international research collaboration for a career in science.

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logo MFAS Workshop "Vitiligo and Melanoma" at the "MFAS Ouderdag",
an informative event for parents of first year medical students at the University of Amsterdam. In two rounds of one hour, 20-25 parents of first year medicalstudents were introduced to the subject of cancer research, cell biology and immunology, as well as its clinical applicationLooking through the microscope they witnessed a human melanoma in skin tissue and living melanoma cells in culture. The workshop met great enthusiasm of the participants and invited to lively discussions about research and medicine!

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Profielwerkstukken

November 2005: Teaching high school students about the world of science
I took the initiative to organize workshops for high school students to perform small research projects at the Academic Medical Center of the University of Amsterdam. These so-called "profielwerkstukken" are a part of the curriculum of the high school degree. This is a unique occasion for students to meet with scientists and learn about the latest developments.

The "profielwerkstukken" that I wrote:

High school students meet scienceCheck out the skin
In this project, entitled "Kruip in de huid" in Dutch, students are taught about the different components of the skin, what cell types are present and what they do. The students get the opportunity to perform practical work, such as cutting thin sections of skin samples and staining them for microscopic analysis. The healthy skin is then compared with diseased skin.

Immunity in the blood
During this project, entitled "Afweer in het bloed" in Dutch, the students learn about the function of the blood and they can see how white blood cells are isolated from donor blood. They can perform experiments themselves to detect special white blood cells (T-lymphocytes), that are able to attack an infection with the flu-virus.

Rosalie's Angels

An impression of the enthusiastic students that joined us for these projects: On the left: Rosalie's Angels. On the right image: A job well done!

A job well done

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Weekendschool

logo IMC weekendschool June 2005: Science on a Sunday: teaching primary school kids about medicine
Together with Prof. R. van Noorden and colleagues, I was invited as guest-teacher at the IMC weekend school. We showed kids of ages between 7 and 10 years, what your own cells look like through the microscope, as well as flees that we had caught in the water of a creek next to the AMC.

The program at the AMC in Amsterdam:

- Introduction to the world of medicine at the Emma Childrens hospital of the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam. By the example of the kidney, the children are taught about the organs in the body, their function and what can go wrong in case of disease. They actually visit the clinic and meet one of the patients of about their own age.

- Lunch

- Discovery of the laboratory. As guest-teachers we offered several examples of "real life science". Looking through the microscope at a section of human skin, the kids can see what the skin looks like inside. Then they isolate their own cells from the inside of the cheek with a cotton stick and stain them with toluidin blue to examine them under the microscope. Last but not least, we provided living flees from the water of a little creek near the hospital and the kids could see through a living animal with the organs in full detail!

The program met great enthusiasm of the kids and their supervisors! Read the press article in Herald Tribune. More information in Dutch can be found at IMC weekendschool.

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A guide for foreign researchers coming to Belgium

logo Marie Curie Fellowship Receiving a EU Marie Curie research grant to perform research abroad, means that many things have to be arrangend to find your way around in the new country. During my stay in belgium as a Marie Curie Fellow, I wrote together with Karen Attenborough a welcome guide for foreign Marie Curie Fellows coming to Belgium. This document contains information about tax issues, social security, housing and other specific issues related to living in Belgium. The MCFA welcome pack (in pdf) was published by the Marie Curie Fellowship Association (MCFA).

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Information about vitiligo research for patients

I have written an overview of my research to inform vitiligo patients about the latest topics of our research and the progress that we have made. The association of vitiligo patients has published this information on their website.

In February 2006, I was invited by the Dutch Society for Vitiligo patients to present the latest developments in vitiligo research at the Netherlands Institute for Pigment Disorders (SNIP) at their Annual meeting. I explained to them how we are investigating the pathogenesis of vitiligo as well as our projects to find new therapies or improve the existing therapy for vitiligo. This way, as the SNIP vitiligo research group, we keep close contact with vitiligo patients!

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