Van Hunnik A –

Supervisor: prof.dr. U. Schotten

Co-supervisors: Dr. S. Verheule, dr. S. Zeemering

Title: Dynamics of propagation patterns and anti- arrhythmic mechanisms during atrial fibrillation

Maastricht University, January 10, 2019


Van Vuuren T –

Supervisor: prof.dr. C. Wittens

Co-supervisor: Dr. R. de Graaf

Title: Deep venous obstruction: towards optimizing treatment strategies

Maastricht University, January 11, 2019


Kicken C –

Supervisor: prof.dr. W. Buhre

Co-supervisors: Dr. B. de Laat; dr. M. Lancé, Qatar

Title: Extreme blood coagulation; investigating the influence of physiological extremes on thrombin generation and platelet activation

Maastricht University, January 17, 2019


Heuts S -

Supervisor: prof.dr. J. Maessen

Co-supervisor: dr. P. Sardari Nia

Title: ’The Potential of Pre-operative Planning in Cardiothoracic Surgery’

Maastricht University, February 7, 2019


Amin E -

Supervisors: prof.dr. H. ten Cate, prof.dr. M. Joore

Co-Supervisor: dr. A.J. ten Cate-Hoek

Title: ‘Personalized Management of Post-Thrombotic Syndrome’

Maastricht University, February 7, 2019


Zhang E -

Supervisores: prof.dr. R. van Oostenbrugge; W. Backes

Co-supervisor: dr. J. Staals

Title: ‘’Novel insights in the pathophysiology of cerebral small vessel disease – a study using advanced imaging techniques’

Maastricht University, February 8, 2019


Lozekoot P -

Supervisors: prof.dr. S. Gelsomino, prof.dr. J. Maessen

Co-supervisor: dr. D. Johnson

Title: ‘Intra-aortic Balloon Pumping; New insights for an old therapy’

Maastricht University, February 15, 2019


Wetzels S -

Supervisores: prof.dr. C. Schalkwijk, Prof.dr. J. Hendriks, UHasselt

Co-supervisors: Dr. K. Wouters; dr. T. van Mierlo, UHasselt

Title: ‘Advanced glycation endproducts in multiple sclerosis’

Maastricht University, February 21, 2019


Eijkenboom I -

Supervisors: prof.dr. H. Smeets, prof.dr. C. Faber

Co-supervisor: dr. J. Vanoevelen

Title: ‘’A zebrafish model of small-fiber neuropathy’

Maastricht University, February 22, 2019


Bijnen M -

Supervisor: prof.dr. C. Schalkwijk

Co-Supervisor: Dr. K. Wouters

Title: ’The inflamed liver: RAGE and Gluttony’

Maastricht University, February 22, 2019


Ding S -

Supervisors: prof.dr. M. Post, prof.dr. G. Zhou

Title: ‘Maintaining the stemness of satellite cells during long-term culture’

Maastricht University, March 27, 2019


Zonnebeld N -

Supervisors: prof.dr. T. Delhaas, prof.dr. J. Tordoir

Co-Supervisor: W. Huberts

Title: ‘Enter the Matrix: Computational and mechanistical approaches to improve arteriovenous fistula maturation’

Maastricht University, March 29, 2019


Vroomen M -

Supervisors: prof.dr. H. Crijns, prof.dr. L. Pison

Co-Supervisor: dr. B. Maesen

Title: ‘The evolving landscape in the hybrid treatment of atrial fibrillation’

Maastricht University, April 11, 2019


Peeters F -

Supervisors: prof.dr. H. Crijns, prof.dr. L. Schurgers

Co-Supervisors: dr. S. Meex, dr B. Kietselaer

Title: ‘The snowball effect in aortic valve disease; gaining insight in imaging, circulating and tissue biomarkers towards a halt in disease progression’

Maastricht University, April 18, 2019


van Doorn P -

Supervisor: prof.dr. T. Hackeng

Co -Supervisor: Dr. E. Castoldi

Title: Functional interactions between factor V and TFPIa during onset of blood coagulation

Maastricht University, May 1, 2019


Raso A –

Supervisor: prof.dr. L. de Windt

 Dr. P. Da Costa Martins

Title: ‘MicroRNAs as therapeutic targets in heart diseases

Maastricht University, May 2, 2019


Zwaveling S –

 Supervisor: prof.dr. H. ten Cate

Co-Supervisors: Dr. S. Bloemen; dr. A. ten Cate-Hoek

Title: The impact of oral anticoagulants on haemostasis; A step towards individualized therapy

Maastricht University, May 3, 2019


Knapen L –

Supervisor: prof.dr. V. Tjan-Heijnen

Co-Supervisors: Dr. S. Croes; dr. F. de Vries; dr. N. van Erp, Radboud

Title: Insight in disease and drug interactions, with treatment optimisation of patients with cancer

Maastricht University, May 10, 2019


Kimenai D –

Supervisor:prof.dr. O. Bekers

Co-Supervisor:dr. S. Meex

Title: Female versus male hearts; battle of the cardiac troponins

Maastricht University, May 16, 2019


Moorlag M –

Supervisors: Prof.dr. T. Hackeng (de jure), Prof.dr. H. Hemker (de facto)

Title: Thrombinoscopy Revisited

Maastricht University, May 17, 2019


Sondermeijer H –

Supervisors: prof.dr. M.J. Post, prof.dr. A.A. van der Laarse, Leids UMC

Title: Bioengineering of novel 3D scaffolds for cell-based therapy in heart failure and diabetes mellitus

Maastricht University, May 17, 2019


Hermans-Beijnsberger S –

Supervisor: prof.dr. B. Schroen

 Dr. M. van Bilsen

Title: Emerging roles of small and long non-coding RNAs in Cardiac disease

Maastricht University, May 22, 2019


Giamouridis D –

Supervisors: Prof.dr. E. Biessen, Prof.dr. H. Hammond

 Dr. M. Blankesteijn

Title: Preclinical Development of Gene Therapy; The effects of Urocortin 2 and Urocortin 3 gene transfer in murine models of heart failure and diabetes

Maastricht University, June 5, 2019


De Jong R –

Supervisors: Prof.dr. A. Masclee, Prof.dr. M. Janssen-Heijnen

 Dr. F. de Vries

Title: Type 2 diabetes mellitus and gastrointestinal cancer; Disease, drugs, or distortion?

Maastricht University, June 5, 2019


Schütten M –

Supervisors: Prof.dr. C. Stehouwer, Prof.dr. P. de Leeuw

 Dr. A. Houben

Title: Microvascular effects of aldosterone and salt in Health, obesity and hypertension; consequences for blood pressure and insulin sensitivity

Maastricht University, June 20, 2019


Van Stipdonk A –

Supervisors: Prof.dr. F. Prinzen, Prof.dr. H. Crijns

 Dr. K. Vernooy

Title: Simplicity is key in CRT: Patient selection and management in cardiac resynchronization therapy

Maastricht University, June 21, 2019


Huntjens P –

Supervisors: prof.dr. T. Delhaas, prof.dr. P. Bordachar, Univ. de Bordeaux

Co-Supervisors: J. Lumens, dr. S. Ploux, Univ. de Bordeaux

Title: Pacing the heart: synchronization or orchestration?

Maastricht University, June 27, 2019


Fabris E –

Supervisor: Prof.dr. A. van ’t Hof

 Dr. E. Kedhi, Dr. R. Hermanides

Title: Myocardial reperfusion in STEMI and the role of the antithrombotic / antiplatelet therapy

Maastricht University, June 28, 2019


Opačić D –

Supervisor: Prof.dr. U. Schotten

 Dr. S. Verheule, Dr. S. Zeemering

Title: Metabolic modulators as a treatment of atrial Fibrillation

Maastricht University, July 4, 2019


Smedema J –

Supervisor: Prof.dr. H. Crijns

Title: Delayed-Enhanced Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance in the diagnosis and management of Cardiac Sarcoidosis

Maastricht University, July 4, 2019