Who am I?
I was born in 1966, married to my wife Margit in 1992 and became father of 4 (now adult) children. With a background in mathematics and clinical epidemiology, I was appointed as Professor of Clinical Epidemiology at the Erasmus MC in 2008, and Scientific Director of the Cardiovascular Research School of the Erasmus MC in 2012. I have over 25 years research experience in the fields of cardiovascular diseases and biostatistics, co-authored several hundreds of scientific publications, and mentored over 40 PhD students.
Why do I think this program is important?
Obviously, PhD students and Postdocs gain in depth knowledge in a specific domain. They become experts in their field, which is a prerequisite for a successful researcher. However, to become an influential research leader, one also needs to inspire and stimulate other people, and develop competences with respect to collaboration, communication and entrepreneurship. The DCVA Leadership Program is specifically designed to stimulate awareness and development of these skills.
What do I expect from the participants?
I expect that the participants are not only highly motivated to make their own research career a success, but also to contribute to the development of others and be of service to society. During the training, it is my aim to contribute to a safe and open atmosphere, so that participants will feel comfortable to discuss personal issues. I do hope that the participants make themselves vulnerable, as then they will learn and grow from their peers.