ZonMW Clinical Fellows Programme awards two young LUMC talents

22 June 2021• NEWSITEM

ZonMW’s Clinical Fellows Programme has awarded young LUMC talents Joanne Verweij, maternal-fetal medicine specialist at the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Rachel Knevel, rheumatologist at the Department of Rheumatology.

With a grant of up to 200,000 euros each, Verweij and Knevel wish to create a bridge between clinical and scientific research at the LUMC.

ZonMW Clinical Fellowship

ZonMW’s Clinical Fellowship is a personal incentive grant for a doctorate and specialized clinician who wishes to integrate scientific research and clinical work. The program focuses on supporting professionals who are at the beginning of their scientific careers, enabling them to initiate their own research line. ZonMW’s Clinical Fellows Talent Programme has previously led to several magnificent projects with practical results.  

Fetal therapy innovations and perinatal ethics

Joanne Verweij is a maternal-fetal medicine specialist at the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology. As an expert in fetal therapy with a background in Philosophy Bioethics and Health, she is interested in combining research in fetal therapy innovations with perinatal ethics to promote optimal counselling and care for patients. ZonMW Clinical Fellows Programme has granted 190,000 euros to cover Verweij’s research line. “I believe that ethical and clinical research should go hand in hand, especially in dynamic and innovative fields like care on the threshold of viability and maternal-fetal medicine. Combining these two fields will result in better care, as well as improving the understanding, acceptability and support of stakeholders involved”. Verweij's research falls under the LUMC's Lifecourse research theme.

Unravelling rheumatoid arthritis with big data

As a rheumatologist, Rachel Knevel is currently leading a group of data scientists and bioinformaticians within the Department of Rheumatology at the LUMC, that focus on (big) data analysis of electronic medical records and genetics. Her research line concerns pattern recognition in rheumatic disease using longitudinal data analysis, cluster methods and regularization techniques. ZonMW Clincal Fellows Programme has granted 200,000 euros to cover five years of this study. “My assumption is that heterogenous rheumatoid arthritis consists of more than one disease”, Knevel explains. Therefore, the goal of her project is to update the current taxonomy of rheumatoid arthritis so that clinical care can be improved, as well to support basic research and interventional trials. Knevel's research falls under the LUMC's Immunology research theme.

Read more about the ZonMW Clinical Fellowship Programme.

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