‘How do we create a sustainable hospital?’ This is the main question the Interdisciplinary Thesis Lab ‘Sustainable Hospitals’ centers around. On February 9th, eleven (including international) master students have started their master thesis research project related to this very question. Medical Delta’s Thesis Lab and the LDE Centre for Sustainability will supervise these students during their research.
Together, the students will research sustainability from different angles. Some examples of their research focus are: sustainable and safe treatments for patients, re-usage of medical instruments used in the operating theatre, and the implementation of green initiatives in the management and organization of care.
7% of the total Dutch CO2-footprint comes from the healthcare sector, including emission by power consumption, medicine and traveling. Moreover, hospitals produce a lot of waste, of which 20 to 30% comes from the operating theatre. This pollution increases when implementing new technologies and materials. Thus, there’s plenty of motivation to facilitate research on making the healthcare sector more sustainable. The research results from the master students will be made available in practical solutions to healthcare professionals, researchers, medical doctors and/or patients, ensuring the master students have an immediate influence on making hospital care more sustainable.
Read more about the Thesis Lab Sustainable Hospitals and the research projects taking place here: https://www.medicaldelta.nl/nieuws/interdisciplinair-thesis-lab-sustainable-hospitals-van-start (Dutch)
Leiden professor of Cellular Immunology of Parasitic Infections Maria Yazdanbakhsh receives the prestigious NWO Spinoza Prize this year. This border-crossing scientist contributes to more effective vaccines against parasitic infections and better medication for inflammatory diseases. She will spend the 2.5 million euros she receives on, among other things, developing young talent, with an emphasis on diversity.
This year, multiple LUMC Global PhD projects have been set up to stimulate international research collaborations in important topics within Life Sciences & Health. It is our hope that these international research projects will ultimately benefit global healthcare. It is with this idea in mind that we also welcomed Indonesian nephrologist Ni Made Hustrini as an LUMC Global PhD student. She will try to set important steps in unraveling the underlying causes of chronic kidney disease in Indonesia and in understanding a better way to manage it.
On April 15th, LUMC Global and the LUMC’s Obstetrics and Gynecology department organized a very successful expert webinar Innovations in Fetal Therapy. We have published the entire recording of the event online!