DOPS 2014 "The Art of Sight"

Following on the legacies of the succesful DOPS (Dutch Opthalmology PhD Students) conferences from 2012 and 2013, DOPS 2014 was also organized by a collaboration of PhD students between two major ophthalmic research centres: Amsterdam and Nijmegen. DOPS2014 was entitled: "The Art of Sight".


Friday, January 24th

8:30 – 9:30

Check-in at the Amrâth Belvoir Hotel

9:30 – 10:00

Welcome and registration and the Lindenberg Conference Center

10:00 – 11:10

Session 1: Ophthalmic (patho) physiology and in vitro studies.

Chairs: Constantin Paun (Radboudumc), Marchien Dallinga (AMC)


Jeroen Bastiaans

Erasmuc MC

The role of thrombin in proliferative vitreoretinopathy.


Anne-Eva van der Wijk


 Development of a new blood-retinal barrier model in vitro.


Jonas Kuiper


IL-17 production and Th17 cells in peripheral blood mononuclear cells in response to ocular extract in patients with Birdshot chorioretinopathy.


Richelle Kayser


The existence of tip cells in microvascular endothelial cell cultures.

11:10 – 11:35

Coffee break

11:35 – 12:45

Session 2: Myopia and screening

Chairs: Sigrid Mueller-Schotte (Hogeschool Utrecht), Stanley Lambertus (Radboudumc)


Jan Roelof Polling

Erasmus MC

Outdoor exposure determines axial length already at the age of 6 years. The generation R study.


Jan Willen Tideman

Erasmus MC

Effect sizes of myopia-related genes on ocular biometry in childhood and later in life.


Frea Sloot

Erasmus MC

Disinvestment study of population-wide eye screening in the Netherlands: effect of omission of preverbal eye screening at age 6-9 months


Henriët Springelkamp

Erasmus MC

The value of optical coherence tomography for glaucoma detection in a population-based setting

12:45 – 13:15

Keynote lecture:Prof. Dr. R.O. Schlingemann

13:15 – 14:15


14:15 – 15:25

Session 3: (Genetic) retinal dystrophies and age-related macular degeneration

Chairs: Laurence Pierrache (Erasmus MC/ OZR), Mirjam van Tilborg (Hogeschool Utrecht)


 Galuh Astuti


Pre-screening of recurrent mutations reveals RPE65 as the most frequently mutated gene in Danish LCA patients


 Nathalie Bax


Analyses of ABCA4-related retinal dystrophies without fundus abnormalities


 Nicole Saksens


Family history as a risk factor for age-related macular degeneration


 Gabriëlle Buitendijk

 Erasmus MC

Optical coherence tomography grading of AMD lesions

15:25 – 15:50

Coffee break

15:50 – 16:45

Session 4: Transplantation, melanoma, and case series

Chairs: Myrte Breukink (Radboudumc) , Ann-Sofie Schauwvlieghe (AMC)


 Anjo Riemens


Cytokines in tear fluid of patients with ocular graft-versus-host disease after allogenic stem cell transplantation


 Mehmet Dogrusöz


A 40-year survey of metastatic uveal melanoma patients: differences in clinical and histopathologic characteristics between short-and long-term survivors.


 Laura Scheerlink


Unexplained visual loss and intraocular silicone oil; case series and pathofysiology.

16:45 – 17:10


17:10 – 17:40

Discussion panel: The art of performing science

The panel will consist of Prof. Dr. C.B. Hoyng, Drs P. Kok, Dr. F. Verbraak and Prof. Dr. C.J.F. van Noorden.

17:40 – 18:00

Award ceremony

18:00 – 20:00

Dinner at the Lindenberg Conference Center


Evening program

Saturday, January 25th

7:30 – 8:30

Breakfast and check-out at the Amrâth Belvoir hotel

8:30 – 9:00

Welcome and luggage storage at the Lindenberg Conference Center

Group A

9:00 – 10:30

Workshop – Poster presentations

Dagmar Eleveld-Trancikova (Radboudumc)

During this workshop, you will learn how the information flow, layout, visual presentation, as well as the accompanying speech of your poster presentation, can reach award-winning quality.

10:30 – 10:50

Coffee break

10:50 – 12:20

Workshop – Stressmanagement

Inge van Berlo (Talkative Coaching & Advies)

To help you deal with any stress that develops during your PhD trajectory, Inge van Berlo (owner of ‘Talkative’) shall discusshow your stress can be managed, with a special focus on how to separate your work and your private life.

12:20 – 12:40

Coffee break

Group B

9:00 – 10:30

Workshop – Stressmanagement

10:30 – 10:50

Coffee break

10:50 – 12:20

Workshop – Poster presentations

12:20 – 12:40

Coffee break

12:40 – 13:10

DOPS Lecture 2014 –Art & Ophthalmology byJ.E. Ramos de Cavalho

13:10 – 14:10

Lunch at the Lindenberg Conference Center



DOPS 2013 and 2014 were held at the Lindenberg. Rooms were arranged at the Amrâth Belvoir 4-star hotel.

Participants DOPS2014

Bahar Arik-Yetin AMC
Freekje van Asten Radboudumc
Galuh Astuti Radboudumc
Jeroen Bastiaans Erasmus UMC
Nathalie Bax Radboudumc
Josiann ten Berge Erasmus MC
Myrte Breukink Radboudumc
Gabriëlle Buitendijk Erasmus UMC
Marchien Dallinga AMC
Nazli Demirkaya AMC
Maartje Geerlings Radboudumc
Mark van Grinsven Radboudumc
Fahriye Groen Erasmus MC
Anne-Mieke Haasnoot UMC Utrecht
Ramon van Huet Radboudumc
Richelle Kayser AMC
Jonas Kuiper UMC Utrecht
Stanley Lambertus Radboudumc
Laura Lorés de Motta Radboudumc
Sigrid Mueller-Schotte Hogeschool Utrecht
Constantin Paun Radboudumc
Laurence Pierrache Erasmus UMC/ Oogziekenhuis
Jan Roelof Polling Erasmus UMC
Anjo Riemens UMC Utrecht
Nicole Saksens Radboudumc
Ann-Sofie Schauwvlieghe AMC
Laura Scheerlinck UMC Utrecht
Frea Sloot Erasmus UMC
Henriet Springelkamp Erasmus UMC
Michel Teussink Radboudumc
Jan Willem Tideman Erasmus UMC
Mirjam van Tilborg Hogeschool Utrecht
Fleurieke Verhagen UMC Utrecht
Anne-Eva van der Wijk AMC

Below, you can find information on the PhD students who organized DOPS 2014.

Ann-Sofie Schauwvlieghe

Amsterdam Medical Centre

Myrte Breukink

Radboud UMC Nijmegen

Nazli Demirkaya

Amsterdam Medical Centre


Project: Comparison of bevacizumab and ranibizumab in various retinal diseases (Cost-effectiveness) and finishing the comparison in exudative age-related macular degeneration. Monitoring the ongoing RCTs for retinal vein occlusion and diabetic macular edema. Additional retrospective research related to these topics.


Reading, writing and cycling



My project is about chronic central serous chorioretinopathy (CSC). We're mainly looking at the pathofysiology and the long-term outcomes. We also started up a prospective randomized controlled trial comparing the use of photodynamic therapy and micropulse laser treatment in chronic CSC patients.

Traveling, snowboarding and playing soccer


Projects: ANISOCORE and NOVICE: studies on''HIV-associated neuroretinal disorder''. ANISOCORE assesses the relationship between structural retinal neural damage, functional retinal loss, cognitive deficits and subtle brain alterations in HIV-1-infected patients with sustained viral suppression on cART in comparison to HIV-uninfected controls. The NOVICE Study is similar to ANISOCORE, but we compare a pediatric study population with healthy controls.


Surrealism, roller scating, and photography



Michel Teussink

Radboud UMC Nijmegen


Marchien Dallinga

Amsterdam Medical Centre

My project is to develop functional retinal imaging techniques, for use in diagnostics. We use highly specialized acquisition methods and algorithms to determine changes in optical properties of photoreceptor cells, after they are 'activated' after stimulation with light. We also assess if these changes indicate functionality of photoreceptors,

and the presence of functional photoreceptors in retinae of patients with retinal dystrophies.

Movies, soccer and astronomy

My project is about retinal neovascularization. We’re looking for new proteins involved in the growth of blood vessels (angiogenesis). To be more specific: we’re trying to find regulating mechanisms for the

leading cells of new blood vessels (tip cell). We use cell culture methods, confocal microscopy, cell sorting (FACS) and zebrafish models.


Playing field hockey, piano, member of a pubquiz-team

Sponsoring Companies

We would like to thank our "DOPS 2014" sponsors for their support! For more information on the sponsor levels, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Gold level


Silver level


Medical Workshop



Bronze level



Non-profit sponsors:

Stichting Blindenhulp

Rotterdamse Stichting Blindenbelangen