We celebrate a proud moment for the LUMC Global team as Ni Made Hustrini, who started her PhD project about a year ago, publishes her first paper as first author. Together with fellow authors Endang Susalit and Prof. Joris Rotmans her article titled ‘Prevalence and risk factors for chronic kidney disease in Indonesia: An analysis of the National Basic Health Survey 2018’has been recently published in the Journal of Global Health, a subject related to Made’s PhD project on chronic kidney disease.
Made has been at the LUMC for about six months in a collaboration with the Faculty of Medicine of the Universitas Indonesia and the Dr. Cipto Mangunkusumo National Hospital, a top referral national hospital in Indonesia. During her PhD project she will come to the LUMC again, but will spend most of her time in Indonesia close to her family. “It’s quite impactful for Made to be here on her own while having a family back at home, which only goes to show how motivated she is to work on her PhD and related projects. She’s very skilled and independent”, says Joris.
Made’s publication and research work is all the more impressive considering she’s also still active in clinical work in Indonesia. But despite the heavy workload, Made is doing exceptionally well, further showcased in her recent publication. Joris: “If I look at the progress Made has made in this first year, I’m not concerned at all that she will finish her PhD despite having multiple obligations. That Made has published her first article in the first year is impressive in itself, never mind the fact she’s had to manage multiple responsibilities at the same time.”
So what motivates Made in her busy schedule? “Finishing a PhD is a personal goal of mine. The LUMC allows me to really delve into a PhD project next to my work back home, which is different from if I were to do it in Indonesia. And I really just want be a role model for my children”, Made beautifully states.
Long have we awaited the moment that we could welcome international students at the LUMC again. Due to COVID, all student mobility was cancelled for over 1,5 years. And despite still having regulations in place, especially during the first semester of the academic year 2021-2022, it was refreshing to cautiously welcome international students again. We’re so pleased to see that the students who came to Leiden had a fun, meaningful and above all, educational experience. In a questionnaire, they’ve given us an insight into how they experienced student mobility during these strange times.
Twice a year, the Research Mobility Fellowships of the European Joint Programme on Rare Diseases (EJP RD) from the European Reference Networks (ERN) get awarded to prominent researchers or MDs to develop new skills and expertise in a European institution specialized in research on rare diseases.
On May 30th, international experts and politicians gathered in Leiden to discuss global health issues during the Global Impact in Health Symposium. Lively discussions were held on matters concerning equal worldwide access to vaccines and diversity within clinical research. New scientific insights were also shared, including on vaccine response differences between African and European populations. Missed the event? Check out the after movie and get in touch!