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Laura van Buul

Laura was born in 1985 in Tilburg. She studied Biomedical Sciences at Utrecht University and received her Bachelor degree in 2007. She continued with a master programme in Health and Life Sciences at VU University (Amsterdam). Within this programme, she specialized in International Public Health and conducted three internships in this field. Two of these internships were at the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM); one at the Centre for Infectious Disease Control (CIb) and one at the Centre for Prevention and Health Services Research (PZO). The third internship was conducted at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland. She received her Master degree in August 2010.

From September until December 2010, Laura worked as a researcher at the Centre for Prevention and Health Services Research (PZO) of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM).

In February 2011, she started a PhD project at the Department of Nursing Home Medicine, EMGO+ Institute for Health and Care Research, of the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam. This project comprised the IMPACT study, which aimed at improving the appropriate use of antibiotics in nursing homes and residential care facilities in the Netherlands. She received her PhD degree on May 20th in 2015.

Since February 2015, Laura works as a postdoctoral researcher and as coordinator of the University Network for Organizations of Elderly Care of the VU University Medical Center (UNO-VUmc), at the Department of General Practice and Elderly Care. UNO-VUmc is a collaboration between VUmc and 20 organizations of elderly care, and aims to improve quality of elderly care by conducting research projects and by stimulating evidence-based practice.