Symposium 2021

CARIM symposium 2021 took place on 24 November 2021

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13.00 - 13.30 Opening by Tilman Hackeng

SESSION 1 Talent career development grants - Judith Sluimer (moderator)

13.30 - 13.45 Stepan Denisov (Rubicon) - "Chemokine-binding peptides and miniproteins:
from in natura to de novo"
13.45 - 14.00 Uyen Nguyen (Dekker) - “Repolarization patterns in Cardiac Resynchronization
Therapy: a substrate for Ventricular Arrhythmias?”
14.00 - 14.15 Dlzar Ali Kheder (Marie Curie) - “Untangling fibroblast plasticity in vascular ageing”
14.15 - 14.30 Jordi Heijman (Vidi) - “In silico time traveling to treat heart rhythm disorders”

14.30 - 15.00 Break

SESSION 2 Alternative research funding (HFL & SWOL) - Harry Crijns (moderator)
15.00 - 15.15 Crijns Crowdfunding awardee Rogier Veltrop “From patient to research,
a life with laminopathy”
15.15 - 15.30 Presentation winner Harry Crijns Research Grant (sponsored by Bayer, Amgen & Sanofi)

15.30 - 15.45 Break

SESSION 3 Robert Reneman Lecture
15.45 - 16.45 Barbara Casadei: “Radical views on atrial fibrillation” - Paula da Costa Martins

SESSION 4 CARIM spotlight
16.45 - 17.00 CARIM Priori
17.00 - 17.15 CARIM awards & prizes

Awards CARIM Day 2021

The following awards were given during our annual scientific symposium.

CARIM Commitment Award
Stella Thomassen (Dept. of Biochemistry) received the CARIM Commitment Award, intented for any CARIM member who has devoted his/her heart and soul to CARIM in an exceptional way, be it on an academic, managerial, service or community level. 

Stella has joined the Department of Biochemistry in 1989, and has since then shaped the department in a staggering positive way, both on scientific as well as social level. She was crucial in deciphering the adverse thrombotic effects of third generation oral contraceptives in the nineties and in a public-private program on development of heamophilia therapy. She has been one of our emergency response officers for decades, and the driving force behind Biochemistry’s annual normal plasma pool donations. Everything she does she does with a laugh, a laughter that fills Biochemistry’s department corridor, and she’s first in organising social events. Department parties organised by Stella and colleagues are legendary, and no one can swing the mood up as she does. She is also a strong believer in societal impact of science and creating awareness on cardiovascular disease and the need for research. She organises World Thrombosis day in Maastricht since its conception in 2013, and she’s regularly found on Pecha Kucha and TED-X like stages.

Even after she fell ill a year ago, she keeps her positive spirit, and during therapy sessions she visited the department informing us on how she would manage to improve patient information and communication in the hospital. And above all, she was always ready to comfort her family and loved ones on her situation. Stella is a wonderful person and a magnificient colleague and inspirator, and the CARIM commitment award is bestowed upon her, from our heart, because she cares.

Dissertation Award
Martijn Smulders (Dept. of Cardiology) received the CARIM Dissertation Award for the thesis 'Diagnostic Evaluation of Chest Pain. The Role of Non-Invasive Cardiac Imaging'. artijn started his scientific career as a medical student at UM. He analysed clinical and cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) data of patients who had suffered an acute myocardial infarction. His remarkable ambition and dedication led to successful co-authorships of several manuscripts. Immediately after his MD degree, he continued as researcher at the Department of Cardiology. In 2015 he received a Netherlands Heart Foundation Dekker grant, allowing him to setup the “CARMENTA trial”. This landmark trial on patients suffering from a non-ST elevation myocardial infarction showed that an early non-invasive imaging strategy (CT or CMR) was feasible and safe compared to an early invasive strategy.

In 2017, Martijn won the 22nd Pélerin price of Maastricht UMC+, based on this project. The final results were published in the prestigious Journal of the American College of Cardiology in 2019 and later implemented in the 2020 ESC guidelines. During his PhD trajectory, Martijn was awarded twice (2016 and 2019) with a best oral presentation prize at the annual congress of the Netherlands Society of Cardiology. In 2020 he was nominated among the three best dissertations of the Einthoven Dissertation Prizes (Netherlands Society of Cardiology) in this country.

While he is currently finishing his Cardiology training, he shows clear ambition to combine clinical care with a research career at the junction of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Imaging. With the CARIM Dissertation Award 2020, Martijn receives a significant recognition that will help him to proceed as academic Cardiologist at Maastricht UMC+.