Grant for call in optimization of ankle-foot orthotic stiffness
Merel Brehm, Niels Waterval, Frans Nollet, and Jaap Harlaar have been awarded a IMDI grant of €327,429 in the category ‘Technology for humanized care: demonstration projects’. The project focuses on developing a wearable, stiffness-adjustable ankle-foot orthosis. The goal is to significantly shorten the procedure for selecting the optimal orthotic stiffness through human-in-the-loop optimization. The project is a follow-up to the PROOF-AFO study, which showed that optimization of ankle-foot orthotic stiffness can significantly improve walking ability in people with muscular diseases. The new project will help to implement these results in practice and improve orthotic care. A PhD candidate will be appointed at  Amsterdam UMC, location AMC for 2 years, with extension if funding is available. ZonMw/NWO-TTW and the Life Sciences Health (LSH) Foundation are funding 50% of the project costs, the other 50% is contributed by the consortium partners AMC, TU Delft, OIM orthopedics and Reade Rehabilitation.
TKI-PPP Grant for Comforthod 
A grant from € 656.892 has been awarded to Leendert Blankevoort, Orthopaedic Surgery Amsterdam UMC and his team for research on an innovative tool to diagnose loosening of a total knee arthroplasty. The Amsterdam UMC TKI grants for PPP projects are available to all Amsterdam UMC researchers and aim to perform more research projects in collaboration with companies in Public-Private Partnerships (PPP). The total knee arthroplasty (TKA) is an effective treatment for pain and functional impairment in severe knee osteoarthritis. The knee is replaced by a component in the upper leg and one in the lower leg. Some of the patients develop pain complaints over time during stressful activities. A new method was invented to measure the mobility of a TKA component. It is expected that the new method will give a correct diagnosis of loosening faster and cheaper. This prevents unnecessary surgeries and patients receive the correct treatment. The benefit for the patient is an effective treatment and thus a faster return to normal pain-free daily activities, work and recreation.

Is your research related to mobility? Then read on!

The ASM research program Ageing & Vitality Mobility would greatly appreciate your input for the AMS Ageing & Vitality (A&V) Mobility Innovation Project.You are invited to participate in the AMS A&V Mobility Innovation Project survey. Mobility does not have to be your primary research area; but if mobility is in any way part of your research, your input is valuable.The AMS A&V Mobility Innovation Project aims to explore a conceptual framework on mobility, identify key constructs within, and define a core-set of mobility measures for mobility in ageing research. Our goal is to facilitate communication, collaboration and mobility-related data sharing within the context of ageing and vitality research. For an inventory on how you as an expert define and assess mobility, this survey is the first phase of this project and the results will inform the subsequent phases. Your input is therefore much appreciated! Please complete the survey before May 24, 2021 – it will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. The A&V research board  value your opinion and look forward to hearing your responses. Click here to participate in the survey.

Vivian Wu (28) chosen for Elsevier Weekly's "30 under 30" list
Every year, EW presents a list of 30 talents under 30 years of age who are considered to be the talents that will determine the future of the Netherlands. Vivian completed her dental studies with honors, and then MSc. Oral Health Sciences-Oral Implantology and Prosthodontics at ACTA. EW finds Vivian special because she graduated at the age of 26 as the youngest dental implantologist in the Netherlands ever. At ACTA, Vivian researches how stem cells can be used in restoring jaw bone and performs surgeries in a private clinic specializing in complex dental treatments. More information.
Save the date for the inaugural lecture of Richard Jaspers
Richard Jaspers was appointed professor to the chair of Molecular and Translational Exercise Physiology in February ’21. More information follows. Date: June 24, 2021, 15:45 hrs. 
Jack van Loon appointed to the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs
Gravity researcher Jack van Loon (AMS/VUmc/ACTA) tells the Volkskrant about the Dutch involvement in the creation of a Chinese space station. He will participate in one of the nine selected scientific experiments when the space station is completed. "We got involved through the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs," he says. Van Loon researches how cell processes develop under the influence of very low or, to the contrary, very high gravity and what influence this has on human health.
Five years of Amsterdam collaboration on health and safety in sports
In 2016, the Amsterdam Collaboration on Health and Safety in Sports (ACHSS) was accredited as one of the eleven worldwide IOC-research centers. Five years after the start, the ACHSS team looks back- and forward. What has this collaboration yielded in Amsterdam? Read here the personal stories.

AMS Activities

Save the date: AMS Annual Meeting on March 10, 2022
More information will follow.
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AMS PhD Spring Meeting
You are warmly invited to the virtual ‘AMS PhD Spring meeting’, organized by and  for AMS PhD candidates. The overall theme of thes day is to boost (hopefully) the last few months of working (almost) completely from home. First there will be a webinar “Omdenken” – The Dutch art of Flip-Thinking, aiming to transform problems into opportunities. Check out the teaser: Zucht... alweer een webinar? ( The teaser is only available in Dutch, but the webinar will be in English. Date: May 27, 2021, 14.30 - 18.00. Register.
Science Transmission Meeting #34 in June: Mindfulness
In this meeting, Henk Heijerman will first give a small introduction on the topic of mindfulness, and afterwards practice the “Bodyscan” exercise with us. When attending, make sure you are in a quiet room to help you to relax. You can perform the exercise either while seated or lying down. Date: June 7, 2021, 12-13.00, Zoom. Meeting ID: 956 9041 3650 Passcode: 440404. Chair: Anne Reuten.

Scientific Meetings

FLAME Closing Conference
How to optimise mental health in football? This online conference marks the closing of the Erasmus+ project (FLourish in and beyond the gAME). The aim of FLAME is to contribute to mental health and psychosocial development of players in football academies. World-renowned researchers share their knowledge on:
  • Sport (football) as an avenue to develop and grow, as a player, and a human being. 
  • How to cater to the adolescent football players and their brain. 
  • How to prevent mental health problems of players, and how to recognize them early on.
  • How (football) clubs can facilitate resilience in players and teams. 
More information. Registration is only 35 euros for four sessions. Dates: May 25, 26, 27 and 28, 2021.
NWO Life2021: register now!
NWO Life is a unique annual congress covering all disciplines and scale levels in the Dutch Life Sciences, from femtometre to kilometre, from cell to planet. NWO Life2021 stands for high quality science, inspiration, discussion, exploration, connection, networking and knowledge utilisation. The registration for NWO Life2021 is open now. NWO Life2021 takes place online, in the afternoons of May 26, 27 and 28, 2021. More informationDeadline for registration is May 19, 2021.
Simulation-based Science
You are warmly invited for the upcoming Research Meetings with the Executive Board of Amsterdam UMC. The topic will be Simulation-based Science, and the meeting is chaired by Prof. Antoine van Kampen (Medical Bioinformatics). Everyone interested in the topic is welcome to join this research meeting. The purpose of these meetings is to exchange information between the Executive Board and PIs and other researchers on subjects of strategic importance for Amsterdam UMC research. Moreover, it is an opportunity to increase collaboration within Amsterdam UMC, UvA and VU among the PIs and other researchers. The program usually consists of 3 presentations and adequate time for questions and discussion. Detailed program will follow. The meeting will take place digitally in Teams. Date: May 26, 2021, 16.00-17.00.  Add to my calender.

Are you curious about open science and how to apply it to your daily research? Do you want to learn more about the benefits, how to increase your visibility and become a(n even) more impactful researcher by sharing your research? Then join the next edition of the Open science MOOC, an introduction to Open Science and the FAIR principles, open research data, open access publishing, making research software FAIR and how to increase research(ers) visibility and impact. The course takes 4 weeks (about 4 hours per week). It is open to anyone and is completely free, so please forward this e-mail to all people in your network who might be interested. More information and registration. 

Limitations to exercise capacity in health and disease
How to illuminate the physiological underpinnings of exercise tolerance in healthy individuals? In this colloquium, Richie Goulding will present data from a series of studies conducted during his PhD.This work was conducted using entirely non-invasive measures such as pulmonary gas exchange kinetics and near-infrared spectroscopy. It serves as an example to illustrate how mechanistic findings can be obtained with simple measures commonly employed in exercise physiology. He will also discuss the findings of two experiments in clinical populations, specifically type 1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis. Date: May 18, 2021, 16.00Zoom. Meeting ID: 915 8429 1746. Passcode: 231767.

Horizon Europe
This year marks the start of Horizon Europe, the most ambitious EU research and innovation programme ever, and will be a decisive moment to strengthen the European Research Area. Cooperation in research and innovation is essential in our recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and will pave the way to a greener and more digital future. The European Research and Innovation Days is the European Commission’s annual flagship Research and Innovation event, bringing together policymakers, researchers, entrepreneurs and the public to debate and shape the future of research and innovation in Europe and beyond. The European Research and Innovation Days represent a unique opportunity to add your voice to the conversation. The event will take place online on June 23 and 24, 2021, allowing everyone to get involved from anywhere. Program

PhD Activities

Join the Workshop Presentation skills for PhDs

‘Sculpture you speech with your hands!’ In this workshop Karin Herrebout explains how you can support your speech by using your gestures. During an inspiring, interactive workshop PhD Candidates practice in a group of 12 students how to deliver their content more effectively at conferences and public events. Not only body language, but also voice and stage presence are being practiced. How can you deliver a speech that is truly audience-focused? How can you create a structure for your content that will lead to more impact? In advance the participants prepare a mini presentation. The workshop offers a safe environment where you can work on all the aspects. After finishing you will deliver a speech like Demosthenes, the orator in ancient Greece. Dates: May 18, 2021 (13-17), May 31, 2021 (13-17), June 11, 2021 (9-13). More information.

AMS PhD Spring Meeting

See AMS Activities above
Science Transmission Meeting #34 in June: Mindfulness
See: AMS Activities above.
Scientific writing and publishing in medicine and health sciences
Most researchers find it challenging to start writing a new paper and to remain motivated during the process. Every writer experiences good and bad writing days. There are, however, many possibilities to make writing generally more efficient and also more fun If you want to know more about the way you could structure and write your thesis, this guide may be helpful. Jochen Cals and Daniel Kotz discuss how to get started, about the title ad introduction, methods and results, references, authorship, choice of journal and how to respond to reviewers Read more!
Valorisation and Impact training: creating a societal impact strategy
Are you a PhD Candidate and do you want to learn more about how to create impact with your research? To develop a draft impact strategy for your own research and know where to go for valorisation support within the VU? Join our training program to take your first steps on your impact path. Open to VU PhDs in all disciplines, from the social sciences and humanities to law, economics, physical and behavioral sciences and natural sciences. After the training you will know what impact is, have identified best practices and inspiring examples and have a personal impact plan. Read more in  this flyer. June 2, 2021 13:00 – 17:00 and June 24, 15:00 – 17:00, online | 1 ECT.

Upcoming PhD Dissertations

  • 19/5/2021: Sara DaliriEnhancing medication safety for patients during the transition from hospital to home | Agnietenkapel | UvA | 16:00 hrs; 
  • 26/5/2021: Derek van DeurzenLong head biceps and rotator cuff surgery in the shoulder | Aula | Main Building | VU | 11.00 hrs;
  • 27/5/2021: Abbas Peymani: Madelung Deformity | Agnietenkapel | UvA | 10:00 hrs;
  • 11/6/2021: Erich Rutz: Orthopedic Surgery to Improve Gait in Cerebral Palsy | Online | 9:45 hrs;
  • 16/6/2021: Marieke HenstraApathy in relation to falls and physical functioning in older persons | Why care? | Agnietenkapel | UvA | 10:00 hrs;
  • 22/6/2021: Isabelle Flierman: Timely palliative care for older patients - from early identification to better transmural collaborationAgnietenkapel | UvA | 12:00 noon;
  • 2/7/2021:Suzanne Wiertsema: Towards an optimal outcome for trauma patients – The Transmural Trauma Care Model | tba | 11.45 hrs.
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