Program 2nd Annual Meeting

November 23 2017, Postillion Hotel Amsterdam

08.30 – 09.00     Registration

09.00 – 09.10     Welcome

09.10 – 09.55    How to get published
                               Prof. Fiona Godlee, PhD, Editor in Chief of the BMJ and Honorary Professor at the Research school CaRe

09.55 – 10.30    What are the challenges to building a learning health system? With Big Data and learning health systems,                                do we need evidence based medicine?
                               Prof. Jeremy Wyatt, PhD, Professor of Digital Healthcare, Director of the Wessex Institute of Health & Research                                University of Southampton

10.30 – 11.00     Coffee & Tea break

11.00 – 11.30    A chubby granny, a healthy granny?
                               Prof. Marjolein Visser, PhD,  Professor of Healthy Ageing, VU         

11.30 – 12.00    Migration and health  research in Europe: A need for paradigm shift to maximise the societal impact
                               Charles Agyemang, PhD, Associate Professor, Vice President at European Public Health Association, AMC

12.00 – 14.00     Poster session / walking lunch. Click here to submit your abstract>>

14.00 – 16.00     Program sessions. Find a more detailed description of the program sessions below.         

16.00 – 17.00     Grab a coffee or thee - Poster Award Ceremony
                               Menno de BreeOn the impossibility of achieving happiness through work

17.00 – 18.00     Drinks & Appetizers

Program sessions

    Back to the drawing board: from blueprint to white paper - developing an HBCD research profile
    In this interactive session, we encourage all HB&CD researchers – from junior to professor – to discuss and formulate the future research focal points of the Health Behaviors & Chronic Diseases program. Where do our strengths lie? In which research areas (e.g. subjects and methods) can we truly distinguish ourselves from other research groups and institutes?

    14:00-14:10  The great Mental Health program quiz - Brenda Penninx en Mirjam Sprangers

    14:10-14:25  Mental Health Research Highlights & new developments in 2017

    • Dorret Boomsma: Large infrastructure grant Netherlands Twin Registry
    • Hans Knoop: AMC-VUMC fatigue-center
    • Dominique Maciejewski: MARIO project (Mood and Resilience in Offsping)
    • Pim Cuijpers: Caring Universities project
    • Lieuwe de Haan: Hamlett project

    14:25-14:55  Child Development & Psychiatry

    • Arne Popma & PhD-student (VU/VUMC): to be determined            
    • Lotte Haverman & Hedy van Oers (AMC): Psychosocial functioning in children with chronic illnesses and their parents

    14:55-15:25  E-mental health       

    • Anneke van Schaik & Mayke Mol (VU/VUMC): Mastermind project
    • Jeroen Ruwaard (VU/VUMC) & Melissa Thong (AMC): Overview E-Health measurements and interventions in APH Mental Health

    15:25-15:55  Biology in mental health research

    • Arjen Sutterland & Julie Hagen (AMC/UvA): Toxoplasmosis and AGE reader
    • Mariska Bot & Carisha Thesing (VUmc): Depression and ”-omics”         

    14:00-14:10 Welcome and Introduction by Monique Frings-Dresen and Allard van der Beek
    14:10-15:15 Interactive session to get to know each other’s research expertise and network in order to facilitate an active brainstorm about collaboration in future innovative research projects
    15:15-16:00 The Myths of Participatory Action Research
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    14:00-14:05 Welcome - Jacqueline Broerse & Frank Cobelens
    14:00-14:30  Feedback from the ”carrots” - achievements and next steps
    14:30-16:00  Pitching your Big Idea in Gobal Health research
    This session is meant as a first step towards developing one or more ideas for large collaborative research projects around a global health theme spearheaded by APH Global Health. 
    We  invite APH members to pitch an idea that is Big (addressing a major GH problem, or developing a GH research field) and for which we could potentially draw together the core capacities. Each pitch is 5 minutes, no slides, and convinces the group of the why and how. After that we will discuss each pitch in smaller breakout groups to bring them further (i.e. positive input) using Open Space Technology ( Since can we have 5 pitches at maximum, those who want to pitch should let us know ( cc

    Is the RCT history?
    During this 2-hour symposium we will address the recently published Council for Public Health and Society (Raad van Volksgezondheid en Samenleving, RVS) report “No evidence without context. About the illusion of evidence-based practice in healthcare” (“Zonder context geen bewijs. Over de illusie van evidence based practice in de zorg”). What are the implications of the report’s findings for aging research and its methodologies? How do we shape aging research in our program, and what lessons can be drawn from our experiences? Are complex interventions in aging research exciting opportunities or insurmountable tasks? We will discuss these and more questions with  prof. Jan Kremer (RVS), Henk Smid (ZonMw), and prof. Riekie de Vet (VUmc).  Three Aging & Later Life researchers with experience in the area of complex interventions will present  their work.

    For more information, take a look at the complete program.

    Creating creative communication in the environment of Quality of Care research.
    “Tell me and I will forget, Show me and I will remember, Involve me and I will understand”
    Birgitta van Loon will lead an interactive session on the use of creative communication to involve people in quality of care initiatives. Birgitta [CV] has vast experience in developing communication strategies in health care (Pontes Medical, Network Acute Care) and outside healthcare (BSO Origin, Ben & Jerry’s). Don’t miss this inspiring and innovative session!

    Personalized Medicine is a young program with promising new research projects. Come and see this afternoon, where 4 researchers will present their granted proposals. There is room for an open discussion after each pitch, to share ideas and find common interests.
    In the second hour, Neeltje Peters from the VU subsidy desk will help us to find the best funding opportunities in coming calls/Horizon 2020. It will be an interactive session and all are welcome. Don’t miss it!  

    Masterclass on Causal Inference.
    During the APH annual meeting, coming up November 23rd, APH Methodology is organizing a masterclass on Causal Inference.

    Are you struggling with a problem relating to causal inference? Did you always want to know more about the problem of inference about treatment effects using retrospective and observational data or the application of mediation models for estimating causal relationships? Then, attending this masterclass is a must! Dr. Thomas Klausch, dr. Martijn Heijmans, drs. Judith Rijnhart and dr. Mariska Leeflang will be giving great talks providing the complete novice with an introduction to the field, whilst also addressing advanced topics to stimulate the more experienced researcher. 

    For more information, take a look at the complete program.

    Important dates

    Registration possible from September 12, 2017

    Call for abstracts: September 12, 2017