APH-researcher and child- and youth psychiatrist, Arne Popma, has received the Societal Impact Award 2019 for his work at @ease. With this award, Amsterdam UMC has been rewarding people who are successfully transferring scientific research to society. With the ground-breaking initiative @ease, Popma helps young people with a diversity of problems. Adolescents who have psychological problems or want to talk to someone about the problems they are facing, can visit @ease without an appointment. Because the organization is fully run by volunteers, the conversations are without costs. Incidence funding and donations are the foundation for the organization.
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The second place was awarded to another APH-researcher, Prof. Dr Tessa Roseboom. Roseboom is professor of Early Development and Health at the departments of Clinical Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Bioinformatics and Obstetrics and Gynaecology. She is a national and international advocate for the fundamental importance of a good start in life, particularly during the first 1000 days, for future health and wellbeing.