1. Letter from the director

Dear CaRe colleagues,

It is with pleasure I write you this letter in this totally renewed CaRré newsletter, replacing the well-known (but somewhat outdated) CaRré bulletin. This newsletter provides the possibility to be sent more frequently and to update you more regularly on relevant topics. Thanks to the creativity and hard work of the editorial board of the CaRre-newsletter.
I am very happy to announce that the national CaRe-days will be re-installed again from spring 2016. Until a few years, every year the CaRe days were held in Maastricht, especially for CaRe PhD students. These days were popular among PhD students and met the need to meet colleagues from other institutes working in the same area of interest. Unfortunately budget limitations forced us to take the decision to stop the CaRe days a few years ago.
Due to the decision of the Dutch minister of education that National KNAW acknowledged Research Schools should be financially enabled to take up their task, namely to facilitate the education for PhD students and the research cooperation between the local research institutes, it was possible to take the decision to restart the CaRe days. Together with the CaRe directors and the national board of CaRe and the representatives of the local institutes responsible for the education of PhD students we are working to compose an attractive CaRe program on Thursday 21 and Friday 22 April 2016.

We are glad that Dr Fiona Godlee, the editor of the BMJ will be our keynote speaker on the CaRe days. On Thursday 21 April 2016 Dr Godlee will give a masterclass for PhD students entitled: How to improve your publication chances for high impact journals like the BMJ? On Friday 22 April Dr Godlee will give a presentation for all CaRe researchers entitled: Why shouldn’t you trust what you read in medical journals? Apart from these keynote lectures there will be a very attractive program for PhD students on Thursday and for all CaRe researchers on Friday.

So my main message to you is: Save the date! Thursday 21 and Friday 22 April 2016 will be very interesting days for both PhD students and senior researchers from the 4 CaRe institutes! We will keep you informed and in the meantime any input or suggestions from your side are more than welcome! Please do not hesitate to contact me (Onno.vanSchayck@MaastrichtUniversity.nl) or the CaRe secretariat Sandrien Wansink (CaRe-secretariaat@MaastrichtUniversity.nl).
Last important news is that Prof Maurice Zeegers is the new CAPHRI scientific director from the 1st of October and that Prof Peter Groenewegen will hand over the directorship of Nivel to prof Cordula Wagner at 1st of January 2016. We welcome Maurice and Cordula as new directors and wish them a very good start in their new responsibilities.

Kind regards, Onno van Schayck
Prof dr Onno van Schayck