27 February 2018

Bart Spronck receives Rubicon grant and Marie Curie Fellowship

Bart Spronck (Department of Biomedical Engineering, BME) has received a Rubicon grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), and a Marie Sklodowska Curie Individual (Global) Fellowship from the European Commission. Both grants give young, highly promising researchers the opportunity to gain international research experience.

Using his Rubicon, Bart will start his research at the Department of BME at Yale University, United States. Subsequently, his Marie Curie Fellowship allows him to prolong his research at Yale for two years and to return to the Department of BME at Maastricht University for one year to complete his project (Global Fellowship).

Bart’s awarded research projects focus on arterial stiffening in the context of diabetes. Bart is developing a setup to expose diseased blood vessels to a pulsatile blood pressure, outside of the body. Using this technique, he is able to better mechanically characterise these arteries under conditions that closely mimic in vivo mechanical loading. The resulting data will be used to generate computer models to interpret and further study accelerated vessel stiffening in diabetes patients.