Recap and awards CARIM Day 2022

We are looking back on a very successful CARIM Day 2022 with excellent scientific lectures from our recent laureates, a glimpse in the future of CARIMs stem cell strategies, lessons from nature from our Robert Reneman lecturer Prof. Peter Stenvinkel and last but not least, the CARIM awards & prizes.

Nine HS-BAFTA talent medals in the various categories were awarded to Peter Deissler (pre-PhD); Jerremy Weerts; Shaiv Parikh; Mitch Ramaekers; Vanessa Bröker; Deepak Balamurali; Bob Knapen; and Maurits Sikking (PhD) and Mohamed Kassem (post doc).

The CARIM commitment award of 2022 went to I’mCARIM board members 2021 for their unprecedented efforts to further improve the well-being among our PhD candidates, and creating an illustrated PhD guide with facts, figures, and important info to safely cross a PhD trajectory. In addition, they designed a CARIM recruitment video that will surely result in a motivated start of many new PhD candidates arriving at CARIM.

The CARIM dissertation prize 2021 was awarded to Job Verdonschot for the thesis ‘Causes and Consequences of Dilated Cardiomyopathy: Integrating Genotype and Phenotype to Redefine Disease Diagnostics and Therapeutics’. Job provided a very comprehensive PhD thesis at the link between geno- and phenotyping in patients with dilated cardiomyopathy. The thesis was awarded the judicium cum laude. In the same year 2021 the Dutch Clinical Genetics Society recognized the excellence of his research with the Ben ter Haar Award, and the Dutch Society for Cardiology granted him the Einthoven Dissertation Prize (2022). Both are very prestigious awards in their respective fields.

Finally, the following researchers won the CARIM Annual Symposium poster prize:

  • Division Blood: Renée Tillie: Partial myeloid inhibition of key glycolytic enzyme PFKFB3 increases hepatic steatosis and inflammation, but does not affect atherosclerosis (Poster judges Division Heart: Job Verdonschot & Martijn Hoes).
  • Division Vessels: Pim Bouwmans: Impact of immunosuppressive therapy and type of SARS-CoV-2 vaccine on antibody response in patients with chronisch kidney disease or on kidney replacement therapy (Poster judges Division Blood: Marjo Donners & Ingrid Dijkgraaf).
  • Division Heart: Tim van Loon: Digital twin of the failing heart: a platform for in silico research and diagnostic support (Poster judges Division Vessels: Allessandro Giudici & Philippe Vangrieken).

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