A Personal Touch of Paul de Laat

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This week: Paul de Laat.






1. Name & Nationality
Paul de Laat, Dutch

2. When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up?

3. What was your previous academic training, where did you study?
Medicine, ErasmusMC Rotterdam, The Netherlands

4. What is your current function and what would you like to achieve?
Resident in Pediatrics, PhD student Mitochondrial Medicine. Becoming a pediatrician in an academic hospital, with knowledge of all academic aspect of care (patient-care, research and education).

5. The RIMLS motto is 'to understand molecular mechanisms of disease'. What does this mean for you?
The focus of my research is to understand the natural disease course in a rare metabolic disease (mitochondrial 3243A>G mutation). Understanding mechanisms of disease is incremental for the development of future treatments for these patients. Molecular mechanisms is part of the research, but is beyond my direct scope. I focus on patients as a whole, finding clinical sign and symptoms of this mutation that might help us in understanding the disease.

6. What is the biggest motivation in your work?
Every year many patients, mostly young children, die of mitochondrial disease. No cure is available for them.  With the research I and my fellow researchers at the Nijmegen Centre for Mitochondrial Disorders (www.NCMD.nl) do, we work to find a cure for these patients.

7. What is your dream for the future?
Having so much progression in research that we can find treatments for diseases that are not curable at the moment.

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: Paul is big fan of the Island Ameland, plays hockey and is a referee in the national soccer league
B: Paul is big fan of the Island Texel, plays tennis and is a judge in national elite gymnastics
C: Paul is big fan of the Island Kreta, plays soccer and is a judge in international ice skating


Correct answer of Sophieke van der Steen: A

State an interesting/obscure fact about yourself together with two that are false?
A: The colour of the pair of socks I am wearing doesn't match
B: My favourite TV-programme is 'say yes to the dress'
C: Usually I sleep 4-5 hours a night



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