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Winners Professor Frits de Waard Penning

The Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care is proud to announce the two winners of the Professor Frits de Waard Penning: Bas Penning de Vries and Nina Hilkens.

This year the jury of the Professor Frits de Waard Penning consisted of assistant professors Bruining-Verhagen, Elias and Van Rossem, all working in the Julius Center as clinical epidemiologists. They judged the submitted research manuscripts on aspects like relevance and originality of the research and the quality of the study design, data collection, data analysis and the reporting of the research project.

The first candidate, awarded with the penning is Bas Penning de Vries. Bas is a MSc Epidemiology student, and expects to graduate in August. His MSc thesis is about two important aspects of epidemiological research; confounding and missing data. If not handled properly, confounding and missing data can lead to bias. Therefore proper methods to deal with these issues are urgently needed. Bas critically reflected on one of these methods which resulted in the manuscript ‘Comments on propensity score matching following multiple imputation’, which was published in one of the leading biostatistics journals.

For his paper, Bas used theoretical knowledge, together with simulation studies. He took the lead in the project, mastered the techniques by himself, and was constructive and critical during the process. Moreover, he is able to translate his theory into clinically applied questions. He took the initiative to take this project further, and published 2 additional papers on the subject in clinical journals. Bas shows great dedication and enthusiasm for his research. He hopes to pursue his career in epidemiology. The jury was convinced that Bas has great potential to succeed, and was happy to acknowledge this with the Frits de Waard Penning 2017.

Nina Hilkens was the second student awarded with the Frits de Waard Penning. Nina holds a MSc degree in Medicine and in Epidemiology and currently she is a PhD student at the Julius Center, Cardiovascular Epidemiology. In her winning paper ‘Predicting major bleeding in non-cardioembolic stroke patients on antiplatelets: S2TOP-BLEED’, Nina uses methodology for development of prediction models as well as state-of-the-art methodology for analysing IPD with time-to-event data. Yet, she managed to keep the model fit for use in clinical practice and succeeded in describing the complex methodology in such a way that it was suitable for the audience of clinical journals. Her paper was recently accepted for publication in Neurology, one of the leading clinical journals within the field.

Nina took the lead in this study, she maintained oversight and her dedication ensured rapid study progress. She was able to master complex statistical techniques and apply these to an important research question for clinical practice: ‘can we accurately predict the risk of major bleeding in patients with TIA or ischaemic stroke who use antiplatelet agents by using readily available characteristics?’ Nina shows in this paper that she has excellent knowledge on the subject, is able to describe the complex methodology in a very clear, structured and understandable way and report the results in an attractive paper. The jury thought the paper was well written with a concise research question, a clear explanation of the methods that she used, with nice tables, and a critical appraisal of advantages and disadvantages.

On behalf of the MSc Epidemiology: Congratulations Bas and Nina!

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