Beyond the scientist: Niek Opdam

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Where and when were you born?

I was born in Amsterdam on the 4th of July 1956.

Where do you live and with whom?

I am married to Marianne and have two other lovely ladies: my daughters of 23 and 25 years old.

Who was your role model when you were a kid?

I didn’t have a specific role model as a kid or it would be the obvious father. 

Why aren’t you doing the same thing now as your role model (or do you?)

He was working in insurance, and I became a dentist.

What is the thing in your (work or other) history that you are most proud of?

Having worked as a general dental practitioner for almost 30 years, I am proud to have the most investigated private dental practice in the world, with more then 10 specific publications on regular care as delivered to normal people.

What is it that you would like to achieve in work in the next 5 to 10 years?

To have an international, good working (funded!) practice based research network in dentistry.

For what can we wake you up?

You can wake me up for good music, rock,  funk, reggae, whatever.

What is your hobby and how good are you at it?

I have two hobbies: railway modelling and making music: I am percussion player in a 13 people discoband playing 80s and 90s music as a at a good level:

Who would you like to invite for dinner, if you had the chance?

My favorite company for dinner would be my wife Marianne……




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