A Personal Touch of Stein Schalkwijk

Schalkwijk , Stein

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This week: Stein Schalkwijk






1. Name & Nationality
Stein Schalkwijk, Dutch               

2. When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up?
Medical doctor, pilot, marine, lawyer, sailor; basically many things but a pharmacist or scientist.

3. What was your previous academic training, where did you study?
In 2011 I graduated from Utrecht University with a bachelor in pharmaceutical sciences.
In June 2014 I finished the PharmD program at the School of Pharmacy, Utrecht University. During  this period I mainly focused on the efficacy of antidepressant drugs. Specific interest related to the rise of placebo-associated effects over the past three decades found in clinical trials with antidepressant drugs.  

4. What is your current function and what would you like to achieve?
After studying the effects of antidepressants I knew 2 things, namely that 1.) I wanted to keep doing research in the field of pharmacology, but 2.) not with antidepressants.

Since about 3 months now I am a PhD student at the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology and the Department of Pharmacy.  We aim to predict fetal exposure to drugs during pregnancy using a mechanism-based approach. Such predictions are important because drugs used during pregnancy can pose a threat to the health of the fetus. By the end of my PhD I hope to be able to accurately predict fetal exposure to drugs.

5. The RIMLS motto is 'to understand molecular mechanisms of disease'. What does this mean for you?
Mechanisms provide strong fundaments for new hypothesis and discoveries in both disease and treatment of disease. Also, using computers to model these mechanism I think we can build a bridge between mechanistic fundaments and their clinical applications. Therefore, I believe that the most interesting and sustainable way to study pharmacology is in a mechanism-based way.

6. What is the biggest motivation in your work?
To challenge the status qou.

7. What is your dream for the future?
To live it.

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 did two full triathlons, but finished in the shadows of the broom wagon.
B: I hiked the Peruvian Andes and had to camp in the snow unprepared, because of unexpected bad weather.
C: I prefer travelling by train over travelling by bus.

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


Correct answer of Rachel van Swelm: C

A: My hobby is knitting and crafting.
B: My favourite season is winter, because I love snow.
C: My favourite movie is 'Once upon a time in the west'.

State an interesting/obscure fact about yourself together with two that are false.

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