A Personal Touch of Janneke Hoogstad-van Evert

Hoogstad , Janneke

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This week: Janneke Hoogstad-Van Evert






1. Name & Nationality
Janneke Hoogstad-van Evert

2. When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up?
Nurse or florist. I still think of becoming a florist if my work is not making me happy  anymore.

3. What was your previous academic training, where did you study?
I studied Medicine in Nijmegen, worked a few years in the Rijnstate Hospital and started in 2009 my Gynecology training in the CWZ and RadboudUMC. In May 2014 I interrupted my gynecology training to start working as a PhD student on a project in the laboratory of hematology.

4. What is your current function and what would you like to achieve?
I would like to make immune therapy available for ovarian carcinoma patients. Despite extensive surgery and chemotherapy, ovarian carcinoma has a poor prognosis because of relapse. I am exploring the possibilities for NK cell therapy against ovarian carcinoma. I hope that these NK cells, can give patients a better prognosis without much discomfort. As a gynecologist in training, I think it is really nice that we culture the NK cells out of umbilical cord blood, so it forms a bridge between the obstetric part and the oncologic part of my job.

Besides my research project, I want a better training program for Clinical PhD's within the RIMLS institute. With the PhD counsel we are working on defining competencies for PhD students and thinking of ways to implement them in the current educational program. My goal is that all PhD students can be proud of the competencies they have acquired within the RIMLS program and that they all feel prepared for the field that they are going to work in.

5. The RIMLS motto is 'to understand molecular mechanisms of disease'. What does this mean for you?
In the clinic I saw a lot of patients with ovarian cancer, being very brave in their treatments, but a majority suffering from recurrent disease. I want to understand why the tumor cells evade from the immune system and why ovarian cancer comes back after treatment. If we can kill the 'hiding' cancer (stem)cells with NK cells, I could 'live happily ever after'.

6. What is the biggest motivation in your work?
I want to find a efficient treatment against ovarian cancer, which doesn't  affect quality of life as much as current therapies.

7. What is your dream for the future?
In the future I would like to combine patient care as a gynecologic oncologist and research on immunotherapy for gynecological cancers.

8. Fun-facts. State an interesting/obscure fact about yourself together with two that are false? Correct answer will be revealed to readers in the subsequent edition.
6 years ago, I made a promise, that I am fulfilling this year:
A: that I would cure cancer.
B: that I would run the 'Zevenheuvelenloop'.
C: that I would do audition for Idols.

Correct answer will be revealed to readers in the subsequent edition.


Correct answer of Simone Sittig: B

State an interesting/obscure fact about yourself together with two that are false
A: I like neither pizza nor chocolate, therefore my friends are convinced I must be an alien.
B: I have done all sorts of dancing: ballet, ballroom, jazz, modern, … , but the way I move still  reminds my mom of a frog.
C: I guess people might be surprised by the fact that I LOVE zombie and vampire movies.

I have done all sorts of dancing: ballet, ballroom, jazz, modern. I hop about more that the average person, which is why my mom tenderly calls me a frog sometimes.


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