AR&D Travel Grant Reports


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: 18-09-2019-21-09-2019
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: 06-10-2019-09-10-2019
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: 13-10-2019-16-10-2019
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: 13-10-2019-16-10-2019
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.