AR&D Travel Grant Reports 2019


Britt J. van Keulen

Department: Pediatric endocrinology, Emma Kinderziekenhuis Amsterdam UMC, location VUmc
Promotors: Prof. dr. J.B. van Goudoever and prof. dr. D.I. Boomsma
Date of visit: 18-Sep-2019 till 21-Sep-2019
Type of travel grant: Conference visit

Thanks to the AR&D travel grant I was able to share our results on sexual dimorphism in cortisol production and metabolism at the annual meeting of the European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology, an international organization which aims to improve clinical care of children with endocrine conditions. Experts in pediatric endocrinology from all over the world visit this conference. There are interesting, high quality presentations from important speakers. I did get the opportunity to presented my results in an oral presentation and discuss them with experts, which was very interesting and valuable. In addition, we gained ideas for further research.


Sanne I. Stegwee

Department: Obstetrics and Gynecology, Amsterdam UMC - location VUmc
Promotor: Prof. dr. J.A.F. Huirne
Date visit: 06-Oct-2019 till 09-Oct-2019
Type of travel grant: Conference visit

I have visited the congress of the European Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy in October 2019, in Thessaloniki, Greece. It was my first visit to a congress and it was very interesting to see the great variety of speakers, presentations, research that has been performed and live surgery broadcasted. On the first congress day, I was the first speaker of the day and I presented the results of our large clinical trial in women undergoing a first caesarean section. We have shown that two different techniques of suturing the womb after caesarean section results in (slightly) different outcomes regarding operative time and development of a small indentation in the caesarean scar. On the third congress day I presented the results of an observational cohort study. This study was done in women with a large defect in the womb after caesarean section resulting in gynaecological complaints or difficulties to get pregnant, who underwent surgery. We have shown that quality of life in these women improved significantly up to 12 months after surgery.
Furthermore, my promotor organized a meeting with an European working group in which I was able to participate. We consented on different items regarding measuring this ‘indentation’ or ‘defect’ in the caesarean scar in the womb, that we call a ‘niche’. It was really interesting to hear the opinion of experts in the field who are involved in treatment of women every day, how to diagnose and how to treat gynaecological problems like this.


Tjitske R. Zaat

Department: Center of Reproductive Medicine Amsterdam UMC, location AMC
Promotor: prof. dr. M. Goddijn / co-promotor: dr. F. Mol
Date visit: 13-Oct-2019 till 16-Oct-2019
Type of travel grant: Conference visit

I visited the ASRM congress and Expo in Philadephia USA, this is one of the most prestigious congresses in the field of fertility and therefore my PhD. During this conference I gave an oral presentation about patient reported outcomes and patient reported experiences in different types of frozen-thawed embryo transfer in the natural cycle. For this oral presentation I received a ‘researcher-in-training-award’ by the ASRM and a second award from the Mental Health group for the Prize Paper. Besides this oral presentation I also presented my poster concerning the updated Cochrane Review about the freeze-all strategy in IVY treatments. During the conference I got to know a lot of international researchers in my field and discussed my and their work thoroughly. The conference enhanced my knowledge and I had the best time! Thank you AR&D!


Nienke van Welie

Department of Reproductive Medicine Amsterdam UMC, location VUmc
Supervising principal investigators: Prof. dr. C.B. Lambalk and Prof. dr. V. Mijatovic
Date visit: 13-Oct-2019 till 16-Oct-2019
Type of travel grant: Conference visit

On behalf of the FOAM study group, we had the opportunity to present the preliminary results of the FOAM study on hysterosalpingo-foam sonography (HyFoSy) versus hysterosalpingography (HSG) as first choice tubal patency test during fertility work-up at the ASRM 2019 Scientific Congress & Expo in Philadelphia, USA. We were very honored to be nominated for ‘Prize Winning Paper’! The AR&D travel grant gave us the opportunity to share our results with a large international audience.


Maud van Muilekom

Department: Psychosocial Department, Emma Children’s Hospital, Amsterdam UMC
Supervisors: Dr. L. Henneman and Dr. K.J. Oostrom
Date visit: 20-10-2019 – 23-10-2019
Type of travel grant: Conference visit

From 20 to 23 October 2019, I was able to attend the annual conference of the International Society for Quality of Life Research (ISOQOL) in San Diego, United States, thanks to the travel grant of AR&D. It was a great experience, both on an academic and personal level. On academic level, I got the opportunity to present my AR&D affiliated research to a broad international public and I was able to connect with and learn from other researchers/experts in my work field. The input and feedback I received on the studies I presented and the contacts I made during the conference will help me in my future career. On personal level, I got the chance to explore the vibrant city San Diego and I gained knowledge about the culture and way of living in a coastal city. It was definitely a visit to remember! I would therefore really like to thank AR&D for the support provided!


Ivy van Dijke

Department: Clinical Genetics and Center for Reproductive Medicine Supervisors: Dr. L. Henneman, Dr. P. Lakeman, Prof. M. Goddijn, Prof. M. Cornel Date visit: 07-11-2019 till 09-11-2019 Type of travel grant: Conference visit

The COGEN conference in Paris, located at a beautiful location next to the Seine, offers interesting talks from professionals from the field of genetics and reproductive medicine. Topics that were discussed: Preconception care, Preimplantation genetic Testing and Prenatal Diagnosis.

It was a valuable conference because I could attend interesting discussions between professionals and learned about the most recent developments in the field.