Currently I am working as a postdoc researcher, supervised by Prof.dr. Riekie de Vet and a/Prof.dr. Veerle Coupé, and in collaboration with Dr. Hans Tamminga and Ellen Engelhardt, on a project funded by the Zorginstituut Nederland.
We aim to inventarise the Decision Support Systems (DSS) that are available for non-curable lung and colon cancer patients (stages IIIB and IV). We systematically search for DSS tools A) in the literature (systematic reviewing process), and B) with online surveys disseminated among specialists in these fields (oncologists, surgeons, palliative consultants etc). Finally we will write a Dutch report and recommendation for the Zorginstituut Nederland about all available DSS for these lung and colon cancer patients.
The past years
2003-2004: Pharmaceutical Science (VU)
2005-2008: Biomedical Science Bachelor (VU)
2008-2011: Research Master “Lifestyle and Chronic Disorders” (LCD, VU)
2010-2011: Logistic Employee at the A-CaRe project (www.a-care.org).
2011-2015: PhD project at GGZ inGeest / VUmc: "The interplay between biological stress and cellular aging: An epidemiological perspective".
As a PhD student, I worked on the VICI project of Prof. Brenda Penninx. During my project, I aimed to examine the relationship between cellular aging markers (Telomere Length and mitochondrial DNA copy number) and physiological stress factors (inflammation, HPA-axis activity, Autonomic Nervous system), metabolic dysregulations (waist circumference, blood lipids, blood pressure and glucose levels) in the Netherlands Study of Depression and Anxiety (NESDA) cohort.
An important part of this project was to set up a clinical trial in patients with depressive and anxiety disorders: in the MOod Treatment with Antidepressants or Running (MOTAR) study we examined whether depression and/or anxiety treatment reduces physiological stress (read in more detail in Projects).
We are also collaborating with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF, USA) in order to examine the pathways between stress-related disorders, cellular aging and somatic health in the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) Study.