DOPS 2015 - "An Eye for Music"

DOPS 2015 was organized by a collaboration of PhD students between two major ophthalmic research centres: Groningen and Nijmegen. DOPS2014 was entitled: "An Eye for Music".


Friday 6th March 2015

8:30 – 9:30: Hotel check-in
9:15 – 10:00: Registration
10:00 – 10:15: Opening
10:15 – 11:15: Session 1: (Epi)genetics
11:15 – 11:45: Coffee break
11:45 – 12:30: Keynote lecture: Richard Zegers
12:30 – 13:15: Session 2: Immunology
13:15 – 14:15: DOPS2015 / ARVO-NED Lunch
14:15 – 14:20: Promotional time: Gold Level Sponsor Bayer
14:20 – 14:55: Keynote lecture: Henny Beckers
14:55 – 15:55: Session 3: Imaging/Glaucoma
15:55 – 16:30: Coffee break
16:30 – 17:30: Session 4: Low vision/Screening/Retina
17:30 – 18:30: Drinks
...walk to Amrâth Belvoir Hotel
19:00 – 19:30: Award ceremony speaker series at Amrâth Belvoir Hotel
19:30 – 21:30: Diner at Amrâth Belvoir Hotel
21:30 – ..:..: Evening program

Saturday 7th March 2015

7:00 – 8:30: Breakfast and check-out at Amrâth Belvoir Hotel
...walk to Lindenberg Conference Center
9:00 – 9:05: Opening
9:00 – 10:00: Poster presentations
10:00 – 10:30: Coffee break
10:30 – 12:00: Workshop session 1: Presenting Effectively / LEGO®®
12:00 – 13:30: Workshop session 2: Scientific Writing A-Z / LEGO®®
13.30 – 13.45: Award ceremony and closure remarks
13:45 – ..:..: Lunch at Lindenberg Conference Center


DOPS 2015 was held at the Lindenberg. Rooms were arranged at the Amrâth Belvoir 4-star hotel.

Participants DOPS2015

Alberta Thiadens, MD, PhD
Anneke den Hollander, PhD
Anneke Hooymans, MD, PhD
Annemarie Colijn, MD
Annemiek Barsingerhorn, MSc
Anne-Mieke Haasnoot, MD
Bart Wullink, MD
Bert van den Bogerd, BSc
Carel Hoyng, MD, PhD
Caroline Klaver, MD, PhD
Charlotte Kruijt, MD
Christina Cordes, MSc
Constantin Paun, MSc
Danial Mohabati, BSc
Dyon Valkenburg, BSc
Elon van Dijk, MD
Eveline Kersten, MD
Fleurieke Verhagen, MD
Frea Sloot, MD
Freekje van Asten, MD
Freerk Venhuizen, MSc
Frouke Nienke Boonstra, MD, PhD
Funda Yıldırım, MSc
Galuh Dyah Nur Astuti, MD
Jantine van de Watering-Geesink, LLM
Jeroen Bastiaans, BSc
Joke de Boer, MD, PhD
Jonas Kuiper, PhD
Josianne ten Berge, MD
Karlijn Woutersen, MSc
Kübra Çaylı, BSc
Kyra Noëlle Smit, MSc
Laura Scheerlinck, MD
Laura Wielders, MD
Laurence Pierrache, MD
Leonie Los, MD, PhD
Lisanne Nibourg, MD
Louise Porter, MD
Maaike van Bergen, BSc
Maartje Geerlings, MSc
Maleeha Maria, MPhil
Marchien Dallinga, MD
Margo Dona, MSc
Marianne Doorenbos, BSc
Mark van Grinsven, MSc
Michel Teussink, MSc
Milly Tedja, MD
Mirjan van Dijk, MSc
Myrte Breukink, MD
Natalia Makhotkina, MD
Nathalie Bax, MD
Nicolás Gravel, BSc
Pieter Bonnemaijer, MD
Ralph Slijkerman, MSc
Ramon van Huet, MD
Rina La Distia Nora, MD
Ronald Bierings, MD
Roos Schellevis, MSc
Sandra Hanekamp, MSc
Saskia Imhof, MD, PhD
Serdar Yavuzyiğitoğlu, MD
Soraya Jonker, MD
Stanley Lambertus, MD
Steffi Matthyssen,MSc
Steven Koopmans, MD, PhD
Tos Berendschot, PhD
Unal Mutlu, BSc
Verena Mulder, MSc
Wouter Vehmeijer, MD
Yvonne Koenraads, MD


Academic Hospital Maastricht: 4
Academic Medical Center: 1
Bartiméus: 1
Erasmus University Medical Center: 12
Landelijke Stichting voor Blinden en Slechtzienden: 1
Leiden University Medical Center: 4
Radboud university medical center: 23
Rotterdam Eye Hospital: 2
Royal Dutch Visio: 1
University Hospital Antwerp: 2
University Medical Center Groningen: 12
University Medical Center Utrecht: 7

Below, you can find information on the PhD students who organized DOPS 2015.

Maartje Geerlings
Radboud university medical center

DOPS2015 Treasurer

My project focuses on identifying genetic factors associated to with age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Currently only 40-70% of the genetic heritability is explained by mostly common variations. We hypothesize that a large proportion of the heritability in AMD can be explained by rare, highly penetrant variants in genes that have not yet been associated with the disease. Using whole-exome-sequencing data of over a 1000 patients, including multiple large families, we hope to further elucidate the genetic background involved in AMD.

Stanley Lambertus
Radboud university medical center

DOPS2015 President

My research project focuses on Stargardt disease, the most prevalent inherited juvenile retinal dystrophy, which causes inevitable loss of central vision. In collaboration with the departments of Health Evidence and Radiology, we are developing an accurate multimodal model for the progression of Stargardt disease by using quantified imaging modalities. This model will provide outcome measures in future clinical trials, such as gene therapy.

Hobbies: traveling, skiing, reading and dining

Favorite music style: pop, rock

Hobbies: playing guitar, motorcycling, badminton, graphic design

Favorite music style: fingerstyle guitar, classic rock, jazz

Lisanne Nibourg
University Medical Center Groningen

DOPS2015 General Board Member

My project is about the prevention of posterior capsular opacification (PCO). This is a result of a fibrotic reaction of the lens epithelium in response to cataract surgery. For my project, I use a porcine eye model to monitor PCO development for the application of injectable accommodating lenses. My main activity is testing different nanofiber gels for the prevention of PCO. So I perform the surgery on the porcine lenses, test material properties and culture the samples for microscopic evaluation.

Ronald Bierings
University Medical Center Groningen

DOPS2015 Secretary

The most important symptom related to glaucoma is visual field loss. Before visual field loss presents itself, we noticed that patients with glaucoma often experience difficulties with bright or dim lights, or changes in the amount of light. My current project is about exploring these kind of light depended complaints by a self-invented questionnaire.

Hobbies: playing flute in a concert band, cycling, ice-skating and skiing.

Favorite music style: latin jazz

Hobbies: playing the trumpet, brewing, traveling the world and physics.

Favorite music style: old school jazz, blues, concert band’s repertoire


Sponsoring Companies

We would like to thank our "DOPS 2015" sponsors for their support! For more information on the sponsor levels, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Gold level

Silver level
Thea Pharma

Non-profit sponsors
Stichting Blindenhulp
Rotterdamse Stichting Blindenbelangen

For more information on the sponsorship levels, please do not hesitate to contact us.