Letter from the director

Dear Colleagues,

It is a pleasure to update you on some important developments within our Research School CaRe. After 10 years of active involvement as coordinator of the CaRe PhD Education Committee Christel van Gool handed over her task to Annerika Gidding-Slok. We are grateful to Christel for her continuous efforts for the CaRe PhDs of our 4 Institutes! And we are happy to welcome Annerika who is post-doc at Caphri and was one the winners of last year’s CaRe Award of the best PhD thesis in 2016. Annerika has already started to chair the education committee, to improve the CaRe website and to prepare our CaRe days of 2016. 

On May 16 and 17 we will have our National CaRe Days in Den Bosch. Again an exciting program has been made by the directors, board and PhD representatives of our CaRe Institutes. On Wednesday 16th of May Lex Bouter and Fiona Godlee (editor BMJ) will speak for our PhD students on scientific integrity. Theory will be brought into practice by the famous Dilemma Game on Scientific Integrity. Next, the PhDs have the possibility to practice their presentation skills and to learn from each other in the (already traditional and popular) afternoon session. On Thursday 17th of May the theme will be: How to create a successful research program? Not only PhD students but also senior researchers of CaRe are more than welcome to attend this day. Maroeska Rovers and Jochen Cals will share their experiences of building a successful research program. This is followed-up by Bart Kiemeney who will transparently give insight in the tensions between ambition and scientific integrity. Furthermore, Anja Schuman will guide us in the human resource management perspectives of academic life and Stan Gielen, the president of NWO,  will talk about a balance between a normal life and academic success. Traditionally we will end our CaRe days with the presentation of the Care Award 2018. 

As mentioned already last year, CaRe intends to start a prestigious leadership program for public health leaders in close collaboration with Oxford University and NIHES. This program will be comparable with the Oxford Primary Care Leadership Program, which is successfully running  already for ten years. Several of our primary care researchers have been participating in this program and most of them were very enthusiastic after they followed it for three years. More details will be revealed in the coming months and during the CaRe days in May.

If you have any suggestions for CaRe, please do not hesitate to contact me or your local director. All suggestions are more than welcome.

Kind regards,
Onno van Schayck
Prof dr Onno van Schayck