A Personal Touch of Margit Schraders

Schraders , Margit Personal Touch

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This week: Margit Schraders






1. Name & Nationality
Margit Schraders, Dutch

2. When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to become different things when I was a kid, including archeologist, translator and veterinarian.

3. What was your previous academic training, where did you study?
I studied biochemistry at the Hogeschool van Arnhem en Nijmegen and I did my PhD studies  on the molecular genetics of B-cell non-Hodgkin Lymphomas in the department of  Pathology at the Radboud UMC.

4. What is your current function and what would you like to achieve?
Currently I am working as a postdoc in the departments of Otorhinolaryngology and Human  Genetics. My research focuses on the genetics of hearing loss. My goal is to become a group leader focusing on age-related hearing impairment and other non-monogenic  forms of hearing loss.

5. The RIMLS motto is 'to understand molecular mechanisms of disease'. What does this mean for you?
Age-related hearing loss is a complex disease, which means that it is caused by a combination of environmental and genetic factors. Although the environmental risk factors are well known, no major genetic risk factors have been identified so far. Insight in the genetic factors is necessary to understand the pathogenic mechanisms at the molecular level. Only when we understand these mechanisms, we can start to develop therapeutic interventions.

6. What is the biggest motivation in your work?
Age-related hearing loss has a very high prevalence, a significant heritability and a huge  impact on the quality of life. Many people still consider hearing loss to be an  inevitable aspect of aging. I do not believe  that this is true. If we could slow down the process of hearing loss, this would be a major achievement in improving the quality of  life of millions of individuals worldwide.

7. What is your dream for the future?
My dream for the future is closely related to the motivation in my work. Since age-related  hearing impairment (ARHI) is irreversible, current remedies for ARHI are  prostheses such as hearing aids and cochlear implants. However, only a minority of patients makes use of this possibility and hearing aid users are often not satisfied with the result. There is thus a significant need for treatments aimed at stopping or slowing down the progression of hearing loss. I hope that my work will contribute to provide better treatment options for individuals who suffer from hearing loss.

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: On Sunday mornings I am busy with building a "carnavalswagen".
B: Our cats are named after Angus and Malcolm Young from AC/DC.
C: I am a big fan of public transport and always go to work by train.

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


Correct answer of Jitske Jansen: C, our young dogs love to 'play' with the sofa…..

State an interesting/obscure fact about yourself together with two that are false
A: I don't like Christmas decorations at all
B: The German police is my best friend
C: Within one year, the third sofa has already been installed at home. 


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