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CaRré newsletter November 2016 (64)
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The National Research school CaRe is a collaboration of the RIHS (Radboud Institute for Health Sciences) of the Radboud university medical centre in Nijmegen, EMGO+ (Institute for Health and Care Research) of the VU University Medical Centre in Amsterdam, NIVEL (Netherlands Institute for Health Services Research) in Utrecht, and CAPHRI (School for Public Health and Primary Care) of Maastricht University.
CaRe’s mission is national research collaboration as well as support and coaching of promising young researchers in the field of public health and primary care.

Editorial staff:
Christel van Gool & Annerika Slok, CAPHRI
Indira Nandram-Tewari, NIVEL 
Roxanne Schaakxs, EMGO+
Marieke de Visser, RIHS

Letter from the director

Dear CaRe colleagues,

It is a pleasure to write you this letter in this renewed CaRré newsletter. Since our last letter many exciting developments have taken place. First of all, a new CaRré editorial team has been installed, consisting of Annerika Gidding-Slok, Indira Nandram-Tewari and Christel van Gool. Marieke de Visser and Roxanne Schaakxs will remain in the team. We really would like to thank Rik Crutzen, Liesbeth van Osch, Laura Hochstenbach, Inge Spronk and Dóra Révész who have been dedicated in the past years by producing our very informative CaRré bulletin. They have shown how you can make an attractive bulletin worthwhile to read for every researcher of our four CaRe Institutes, and especially for our PhD researchers. Thank you so much!

On 1 November, Maastricht University has appointed Dr Fiona Godlee, editor in chief of The BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal), as honorary professor on behalf of national research school CaRe (Netherlands School for Primary Care Research). This is a unique situation because CaRe consists of a cooperation of four institutes in the Netherlands

The third important happening was the re-start of our national CaRe days....

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Save the date:  18 and 19 May 2017
Annual PhD and CaRe members day
On Friday May 19, 2017 the annual CaRe symposium of Research School CaRe will be held in Maastricht at La Bonbonnière. 
The day before (May 18) the annual CaRe-PhD day is taking place in Maastricht at Kasteel Vaeshartelt. PhD students will have a free overnight and stay in Kasteel Vaeshartelt, which is very close to Maastricht and easily reachable by train.
Don't miss this excellent opportunity to meet and greet your colleagues from other institutes!

Fiona Godlee, editor of the BMJ, will give her inaugural lecture that Friday at Maastricht University!
A celebration she will share with all CaRe-members.

For registration, please follow this link
Report Care Days 2016
It was quite some years ago that the PhD-days were held. Also the CaRe-research day was not to be hosted by one of the four participating institutes anymore so a new format was sought and found; the PhD-day to network, and a research day where also the senior staff joined in. It turned out to be a success which will be continued....

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Behind another desk
Currently, I combine two jobs, one as a researcher and the other as a psychiatry resident. I've been in training to become a psychiatrist for two years now. A year ago, I cut down on my clinical hours to set aside one day for research of study bipolar disorders, a condition that I hope to study further as part of a Ph.D. program.
As a resident, I switch to a different department every six months, allowing me to experience different areas of the psychiatric field and to observe different methods of treatment. What makes this job even more exciting is the chance to see a lot of psychiatry outside of the wards, such as at emergency services at the airport and at police stations.

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News from the institutes
In August 2015 Jany Rademakers was appointed as endowed Professor ‘Health Literacy and Patient Participation’. Read the inaugural lecture she held this year May here

Kennis-As project ‘Limburg Meet’ approved: The Province of Limburg will invest over € 3.5 million in the first part of the Kennis-As project LIME. >> read more

Horizon 2020 grant for researchers from the Department of Health Promotion >> read more 

Prof. Ruud Kempen and Prof. Jos Schols appointed members of Health Council Committee  >> read more 

News from the institutes
NIVEL self-assessment   >>read more

When does E-health work?  >>read more

The annual report of  2015 of the research program “Monitor Zorg- en leefsituatie van mensen met een chronische ziekte of beperking”  >>read more

Can patients manage their own health?  >>read more

News from the institutes

Prof. dr. Pim Cuijpers ranked as world's most leading depression expert    >> read more

EMGO researchers among the most cited papers in the back surgery field   >> read more

Prestigious VENI grants for Wieneke Mokkink & Maartje van Stralen    >> read more

Prof Brenda Penninx member KNAW  >> read more

NIPT test available for every pregnant woman    >> read more

News from the institutes
Radboud Institute for Health Sciences
Recovering of patients with long lasting disorders of consciousness   >> read more

Smart app for personalized management of COPD exacerbations   >> read more

Gout diagnosis app  >> read more

Richard Grol Award for Trish Greenhalgh  >> read more

PhD tales
Tessa van Loenen (RIHS)
Timely and adequate treatment of symptoms of chronic diseases, such as diabetes or COPD, in primary care may reduce the risk for a hospital admission or visit to the emergency department (ED). While of course not all such hospital admissions are avoidable, it is presumed that a disproportionately high rate of admissions may reflect problems in obtaining access to primary care and possible lower quality.

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PhD tales
Viola Voncken (CAPHRI)
I started my PhD journey in the Netherlands at Maastricht University. A few years into the project I decided to follow my heart and married an American who had to move back to the US. We ended up in Oklahoma City. Fortunately, I did not have to give up on a PhD degree, as I was given the opportunity to collaborate with researchers at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. Completing the project overseas was not always easy, but looking back it was well worth it.

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PhD tales
Dóra Révész (EMGO)
Recently, several cellular markers have been identified that provide more insight into the biological process of aging, in addition to the measurement of chronological aging. We studied telomere length (TL) in leukocytes as a cellular aging marker. Telomeres are situated at the ends of chromosomes and protect DNA from getting damaged. With every cell division, DNA loses some of these repeated base pair sequences and telomeres shorten, until the point at which the cell cannot divide anymore and dies. That is why TL is seen as a 'biological clock' of the cell. TL at birth is mainly genetically determined and varies widely between persons. Subsequently, accelerated telomere shortening (so, cellular aging) takes place, especially in the first 20 years. Literature describes several factors associated with TL such as lifestyle, harmful free radicals in cells, as well as stress-related factors. Moreover, short telomeres have been repeatedly associated with aging-related diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer, dementia and diabetes mellitus. More and more it is suggested that TL serves as a 'red flag' for early detection or an explanation of complications caused by aging or stress.

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by Dr Nikki Damen
Dr Nikki Damen tells her story, in Dutch, about meeting people on a conference and how this led her to Australia....

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The mission of The Netherlands School of Primary Care Research concerns:
Contributing to better health and health care through high quality training of young researchers and multidisciplinary cooperation between excellent research institutes in the field of primary health care, transmural care, public and occupational health and health policy, focused on the development and implementation of new scientific knowledge in these fields.
This mission is shared by the four participating research institutes of CaRe, i.e. CAPHRI (Care And Public Health Research Institute) of Maastricht University, RIHS (Radboud Institute for Health Sciences) of the Radboud university medical centre, EMGO+ (Institute for Health and Care Research) of the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam and NIVEL (Netherlands Institute for Health Services Research) in Utrecht.

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