Our team

DOPS 2018 Committee

With this meeting we hope to bring the ophthalmological PhD students from the Netherlands and Belgium closer together. It will be an excellent opportunity to get to know each other and each other’s research topics. Various prizes will be available for the best presenters and presentations. And there is more to this meeting. Because not only can we learn from our own experience, we also provide the possibility to participate in workshops and lectures. The program will also include one or more keynote speakers and/or discussion panels who will give us all the ins and outs about their own experiences with research and their career after their PhD graduation. On Friday evening, the program continues with an informal evening. Dinner will be followed by a fantastic evening program!

What makes this conference meeting special is that the entire organization, chairing of sessions and jury positions are in hand of PhD students. We think it's great to have such a meeting in the field of ophthalmology and up until now we have had great pleasure in organizing this wonderful event.

Dyon Valkenburg

Radboud University Medical Center

DOPS 2018 President

My PhD project is aimed at investigating genotype-phenotype correlations and disease progression of retinal dystrophies, mainly in Stargardt’s disease and Leber’s congenital amaurosis type 10. The results of these studies contribute to the development of clinical gene therapy trials, which will hopefully lead to future treatments for these devastating diseases. I like to spend my free time reading, gaming, working out, riding my motorcycle, or just hanging out with friends.

Tom Heesterbeek

Radboud University Medical Center

DOPS 2018 Treasurer

Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness among elderly individuals in Western society. Progression of the disease is often imminent, but the rate of progression differs between cases. The focus of my PhD project is to find biomarkers that can predict progression of AMD to ensure optimal and appropriate care


Esma Islamaj

Erasmus MC - Rotterdam Ophthalmic Institute

DOPS 2018 Public relations and secretary

My research is focused on the side effects of Baerveldt glaucoma implants for glaucoma patients. I enjoy the multidisciplinary aspect of this research, combining clinical research with my biomedical engineering background. I believe research is an opportunity to change lifes, including your own. Next to a passion for science, I like to go for a run, skiing, have a drink with friends or read a good science-fiction book.

 Juleke Majoor

Erasmus MC - Rotterdam Ophthalmic Institute

DOPS 2018 Public relations and secretary

My PhD focuses on the improvement of the detection of glaucomatous progression by evaluating various measurements techniques and exploring new ones. I love to think creative and to share science and knowledge with others, so feel free to address me during the congress! My PhD motto is: "You don’t have to be crazy to start a PhD, but it does help". Approach at your own risk...