One of the key focus countries for the LUMC in working on global health challenges is Indonesia. Through the LUMC Global programme, and in collaboration with multiple stakeholders, collaborations with numerous top institutions in Indonesia have resulted in wonderful results and experiences, for instance in student mobility.
With the new academic year having been kicked off, as many as 28 Indonesian students have joined the LUMC for studies during the first semester. They were all welcomed by dean Prof. Pancras Hogendoorn along other (international) students during the LUMC faculty morning taking place during the Orientation Week Leiden (OWL) 2022. All students represent either the Universitas Indonesia or Atma Jaya University.
The opposite route is also being taken. During the half minor phase of the bachelor programmes Biomedical Sciences and Medicine, LUMC students have the option to conduct research and fieldwork in Makassar, Indonesia. 5 students have traveled to Indonesia for their studies. Exciting times for the students and the institutions. We hope the Indonesian and LUMC students gain valuable knowledge and a wonderful experience!
During this year’s Week of Indonesia – Netherlands Education and Research (WINNER), we have more exciting updates to share on our strong and mutual partnerships with Indonesian universities.
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.
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.
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.