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.
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!
Maria Yazdanbakhsh, Professor of Parasitology at the Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC), has been awarded an ERC Advanced Grant of 2.5 million euros. She will investigate why people in Africa and Southeast Asia respond less to certain vaccines than Europeans. Her goal is to find a solution for low vaccine responses.
Truth be told, the LUMC Global program has been running for a bit more than a year now, but we want to look back at some of our achievements in our slightly more than a year anniversary. Because it has been quite a year for the LUMC Global Initiative in which we have set up multiple projects stimulating international collaboration to work on global health(care) challenges in (bio)medical education and research.