AGEM retreat 2017

AGEM PhD-students retreat 2017 made the impossible possible

Although there was already an semi-official AGEM retreat in 2016, the first official AGEM PhD-students retreat took place on April 20th and 21st, 2017 at the Bilderberg Hotel ‘t Speulderbos in Garderen. This year the committee decided to create parallel sessions on specific topics which resulted in more time for each speaker. With a lot of interesting topics of more than 80 participants, it was a program suited for everyone from the AGEM institute. Four invited speakers showed us their very diverse research experiences. On Thursday, Chris Mulder, head of the gastroenterology and hepatology department of the VUmc, talked about his 40 years experiences as a medical doctor. On Friday Susanne La Fleur showed us the link between neurobiology and energy metabolism and Fleur Bouwer showed the magic of music. Robert Brierley took us, in a plenary session with the PIs, behind the scenes of Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology.  As surprise act, we invited Jan Reinder who made the impossible possible during the Thursday evening program. With a lot of networking, including a great party, and the PI parallel sessions, this first official AGEM PhD-student retreat 2017 was a great success!

Awards AGEM PhD-students retreat 2017

From left to right: Ntsiki Held, Annefleur Koopen, Paul de Goede and Daan Brinkman From left to right: Ntsiki Held, Annefleur Koopen, Paul de Goede and Daan Brinkman

Best Abstract

Paul de Goede – Timing of feeding behavior regulates rhythms in the muscle molecular clock and glucose tolerance

Best Pitches

Ntsiki Held – Fluxomic tools for characterization of metabolic reprogramming upon brown adipose tissue activationMelek Simsek – Paternal and maternal fertility and pregnancy outcomes in IBD patients exposed to thiopurinesAnnefleur Koopen – Effect of Fecal microbiota Transplantation combined with Mediterranean Diet on insulin sensitivity in subjects with metabolic syndrome: FATMED trial

Most contributing participant

Daan Brinkman