Beyond the scientist: Thijs Eijsvogels

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Where and when were you born?

I was born in the hospital of ‘s-Hertogenbosch (June, 1984), but grew up in Lithoijen, a nice picturesque village near Oss.

Where do you live and with whom?

I recently bought a house together with my girlfriend Coco, so we will move from Nijmegen to Cuijk in July 2016. 

Who was your role model when you were a kid?

I can’t remember that I had a role model during my childhood, apart from the heroes that you admire as a kid (i.e. Dennis Bergkamp, Lance Armstrong and Hannibal Smith).  

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

As my football and acting skills are not that great, I decided to start sailing/cycling and studying Biomedical Sciences at the Radboud University.

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

Last year I published my first high-impact paper, which was the result of my 2-year NWO Rubicon project at Hartford Hospital. This made me realize that you can succeed in science if you persevere. From a personal perspective, my first backpacking trip to India (in 2004) was a truly unique experience which enabled me to see our Western life into perspective. 

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

I want to establish my own research group which links the fields of (exercise) physiology, cardiology and epidemiology. This would enable me to study the effects of exercise on the heart in the general population, cardiovascular patients and athletes.

For what can we wake you up?

Slow cooked BBQ food, such as pulled pork or spareribs.

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

Cycling around the hills of Nijmegen and the Reichswald in Germany is the best thing to do on a sunny weekend day. Apart from the awesome views, it’s a great way to improve your physical fitness. 

What is your biggest irritation?

I don’t get annoyed fast, because the negative energy that comes with it doesn’t bring you anything. However, I may get irritated by bureaucracy. I simply cannot understand why people are so inefficient.  

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

Tom Dumoulin, to chat about the overlap between sport and science, and his personal drive to excel in cycling.



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