A Personal Touch of Kalijn Bol

Bol , Kalijn

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This week: Kalijn Bol

 

 

 

 

 

1. Name & Nationality
Kalijn Bol, Dutch.

2. When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to become a detective (and that was before CSI started).

3. What was your previous academic training, where did you study?
I studied Medicine at the Radboud University in Nijmegen, which I completed in 2010.

4. What is your current function and what would you like to achieve?
I'm alternating my PhD at the department of Tumor Immunology on the clinical application of dendritic cell vaccination in melanoma patients with my residency in Internal Medicine. In 5 to 10 years time I hope to be an Medical Oncologist closely involved in clinical trials, especially the application of immunotherapy.

5. The RIMLS motto is 'to understand molecular mechanisms of disease'. What does this mean for you?
As a clinician, the 'understanding of molecular mechanisms of disease' is perhaps a bit too ambitious. Improved knowledge on cellular mechanisms, particularly the interaction between the immune system and tumor cells, hopefully leads to the improvement of vaccination in cancer patients. Furthermore, work from the 'bench to bedside and back', including patient characteristics, side effects and clinical responses, might lead to effective patient selection for immunotherapy.

6. What is the biggest motivation in your work?
The current treatment options for metastatic cancer are far from perfect in most cancer types, despite the great progress over the last century. Efficacy of treatment should go up and toxicity should go down. Immunotherapy might be the way. Hopefully, in 2100, we can look back on another century with even bigger advances in the treatment of cancer patients. At the same time, I enjoy the search on how to improve our vaccination, puzzling like a detective.

7. What is your dream for the future?
I hope dendritic cell vaccination, a treatment with only very mild toxicity, will prove its efficacy in a randomized trial in melanoma patients and opens doors to further refine the treatment and expand it to other tumor types. And if not..... the development of any other non-toxic, highly-effective treatment for cancer would do!

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.
A: I eat an entire cucumber every day, except for weekends.
B: Chocolate is my kryptonite.
C: Most of my colleagues believe I only come to the lab for cake.

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

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Correct answer of Ekta Lachmandas  : A

State an interesting/obscure fact about yourself together with two that are false?
A: I grew up on an obscure island.
B: I have been bunjee jumping before.
C: I can speak Japanese.

Correct answer is A: I grew up on an island that isn't on an ordinary map.

 

 


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