Speed keynotes

Prof. G.H. (Truuske) de Bock PhD

Prof. G.H. (Truuske) de Bock PhD is a professor in Oncological Epidemiology with a great experience in epidemiological data collection, management and analysis, and data quality systems. As the topic of taking social responsibility is important in medical research, the results of the research of Truuske de Bock and her group are aimed to contribute to sustainable care in which quality of life and cost control have a central role. Sustainable cancer screening implies that people will be screened only if they have an increased chance of a longer life or improved quality of life at acceptable costs. Her research therefore focuses on identifying those at an increased risk to develop cancer, assessing the effects of cancer treatment and estimating the optimal screening strategy. Systematic literature reviews, analysis of clinical cohorts, computer simulations and decision models are among the most important methods in this research.

In her pre-course lecture, prof. de Bock will give an overview of the work that she did in cooperation with the Departments of Gynecology (prof. M.J. Mourits PhD) and Clinical Genetics (J.C. Oosterwijk PhD) on the screening for ovarian cancer in women with a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation. These women are at a strongly increased risk to develop ovarian cancer at a young age. As it turned out that the current screening approach is not effective in finding early stage ovarian cancer, preventive bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy has been proposed as an alternative approach to reduce the incidence of ovarian cancer in these high risk population. However, this approach is not without consequences. The analyses of the consequences are based on an in-care embedded database, including a consecutive series of women who gave informed consent for using their data for clinical research.

Prof. Egbert Otten PhD

“Science and everyday life: bridging the gap” 

Scientific research is a great worldwide enterprise in which we try to understand and explain ourselves and the world around us. The rewards are a deepening of our knowledge in fundamental science on the one hand and working applications (for instance in the medical field) on the other hand. However, due to the nature of science and its methods, we sometimes forget to use two very powerful instruments, which we possess: perceptiveness and creativity.
What we perceive and what we know are interlinked and it is this coupling where creativity can play a strong role in the scientific process. In order to demonstrate this, the lecture will focus on examples in everyday life that can be placed in different scientific fields. Also examples will be given of great scientists that use this process as a guideline.
The lecture may well be of use to the audience in their growth as scientists and also in the pleasure of their endeavors.

As a full professor of NeuroMechanics, Bert Otten studies the movement control of humans at the Center of Human Movement Sciences in Groningen, the Netherlands. He wrote his thesis in Leiden, entitled “Vision and Jaw Mechanism in the Cichlid Fish Haplochromis elegans”, which was recognised with a “cum laude” and the national “Kok” award for originality. He was a guest scientist at Harvard University during six summers, at the departments of functional morphology and bio-engineering and wrote 135 international scientific publications, mainly in the fields of biomechanics and movement control. Applied fields are speed skating, cycling and rehabilitation. He holds two patents on human body extensions: a prosthesis and a speed skate. Presently he supervises 10 PhD students.