Board 2012

This is ProVU’s board for 2012.

Willem van Willigen
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Willem van Willigen (1983) is a PhD candidate in Artificial Intelligence since 2009. More specifically, he is looking at intelligent transportation systems. By enabling vehicles on highways to communicate with and automatically react to vehicles in the vicinity, highway traffic flow can dramatically be increased.Since 2011, Willem has become active within ProVU as part of the Social Events Committee. As the ProVU chair in 2012, his ambitions are to sustain the growth that ProVU has seen in the last few years. With graduated PhDs leaving all the time, ProVU needs to make sure that new, enthousiastic people keep joining. Therefore, continuity must be one of the main pillars of the organisation.
Caroline Kampshoff
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Caroline Kampshoff was born in 1979 in Tilburg. In August 2006 she graduated with a Masters degree in biomedical science from Radboud University, Nijmegen. This provided the opportunity to expand upon the clinical and analytical skills gained during her bachelor’s degree in physical therapy. Currently, Caroline is working as PhD candidate within one of the Alpe d’HuZes Cancer Rehabilitation (A-CaRe) projects at the EMGO+ Institute, VU University Medical Centre Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The research project is titled: Resistance and Endurance exercise After ChemoTherapy (REACT), (Start: Apr 2010).Recently, Caroline has joined ProVU as secretary of the board. She is very keen to promote the interests of the PhD students within the VU university and she is looking forward to meet all members of ProVU during the upcoming events. See you around!
Lourens Robbers
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Lourens Robbers (1982) earned his medical degree in 2008 at the VUmc. After working for two years at the cardiology department of the Medical Center at Alkmaar, he started his PhD at the cardiovascular imaging group of the ICaR-VU institute. By using different magnetic resonance imaging techniques to visualize the heart after it has recently suffered a heart attack, new predictors for the development of chronic illness, such as heart failure are explored.Since 2012, Lourens is board member of ProVU as treasurer. His main focus is to reinforce the relations between VU and VUmc PhDs and to strengthen PhD participation in the VUmc. With VU and VUmc PhDs joining efforts, ProVU increases its opportunities to organize various events, and it strengthens its participation rights. He hopes to encourage other PhDs to join ProVU as well, because additional participants are always welcome!
Susanne Roth
i-ProVU representative
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Susanne Roth, born in 1987, studied Molecular Systems Biology at the university in Heidelberg and graduated 2011 with a master degree. Since October 2011 she is part of the division “Molecular Cell Physiology” at the VU where she works as a PhD researcher. She is looking at the cellular Calcium Sensing Receptor and trying to make a mathematical model of its signaling processes to learn more about this receptor and how to intervene in case of diseases.Susanne is an active part of the i-ProVU team since February and a general ProVU board member since April 2012. Her interest in ProVU is to provide PhD students and PostDocs a platform for networking and, with special focus on the issues of internationals.
Iris Walraven
general member
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Iris Walraven (1985) joined ProVU in August 2010, when she became a general board member. She was a member of the PhD Day 2011 committee and now she works as the vice secretary of the ProVU board. Her main interests in ProVU are to promote interaction between PhD students and thereby help to create a platform where PhD students can network. Furthermore she joined ProVU to be able to represent the rights of PhD students of the VU university and the VU Medical Centre.