DOPS 2016 -"Beyond the Light"

DOPS 2016 was organized by a collaboration of PhD students between two ophthalmic research centres: Maastricht and Nijmegen. DOPS2016 was entitled: "Beyond the light".


Friday 18th March 2016
8:30 – 9:30: Hotel check-in
9:15 – 09:45: Registration
09:45 – 10:00: Opening
10:00 – 11:00: Session 1
11:00 – 11:20: Coffee break
11:20 – 12:30: Session 2
12:30 – 13:15: Keynote lecture: Dr. Noël Bauer, University Eye Clinic Maastricht
13:15 – 14:15: Lunch
14:15 – 14:20: Promotional time: Gold Level Sponsor Bayer
14:20 – 15:15: Poster session
15:15 – 16:00: Keynote lecture: Prof. dr. Ron Heeren, Maastricht University
16:00 – 16:20: Coffee break
16:20 – 17:30: Session 3
17:30 – 18:30: Drinks
18:30 – 20:00: Dinner
20:00 – ..:..: Evening program

Saturday 19th March 2016
6:30 – 8:30: Breakfast and check-out at Mercure Hotel Nijmegen Centre
...walk to Honig Complex
8:45 – 9:00: Opening
09:00 – 11:00: Workshop session 1: Networking/Teamwork
11:00 – 11:15: Coffee break
11:15 – 13:15: Workshop session 2: Networking/Teamwork
13.15 – ..:..: Award ceremony and lunch


DOPS 2016 was held at the Honigcomplex, Nijmegen. Rooms were arranged at the Mercure 4-star Hotel.

Participants DOPS2016

Ms. Annemiek Barsingerhorn, MSc
Ms. Nathalie Bax, MD
Ms. Joséphine Behaegel, MD
Mr. Tos TJM Berendschot, PhD
Mr. Ronald Bierings, MD
Mr. Pieter Bonnemaijer, MD
Mrs. F. Nienke Boonstra, PhD
Mr. Niels Brouwer, BSc
Ms. Anna Brouwer, MSc
Ms. Annemarie Colijn, MD
Ms. Stéphanie Cornelis, MSc
Mr. Michiel Cornelissen, BSc
Ms. Minke de Boer, BSc
Mr. J.H. de Jong, MD
Ms. Joana De Oliveira Carvalho, MSc
Mr. Mehmet Dogrusöz, MD
Ms. Margo Dona, MSc
Ms. Nathalia Fengler Rodrigues, BSc
Ms. Maartje Geerlings, MSc
Ms. Gülçin Gezgin, MSc, MD
Mr. Daniel Godefrooij, MSc, MD
Mr. Alessandro Grillini, MSc
Mrs. Fahriye Groen, MSc
Ms. Anne-Mieke Haasnoot, MSc, MD
Mr. Mahmoud Habeeb, BSc
Mr. Carel Hoyng, MD, PhD
Ms. Soraya Jonker, MD
Ms. Eveline Kersten, MD
Ms. Charlotte Kruijt, MD
Mr. Kamil Laban, MD
Mr. Stanley Lambertus, MD
Mr. Mathieu Leenders, BSc
Mrs. Laura Lorés de Motta, MSc
Ms. Elja Louer, MSc
Mrs. Natalia Makhotkina, MD
Ms. Steffi Matthyssen, MSc
Ms. Verena Mulder, MSc
Mr. Rudy Nuijts, MD, PhD
Mr. Constantin Paun, MSc
Mrs. Laurence Pierrache, MD
Ms. Laura Scheerlinck, MSc, MD
Ms. Roos Schellevis, MSc
Ms. Vivian Schreur, MSc
Mr. Rob Simons, MD
Mr. Ralph Slijkerman, MSc
Ms. Mays Talib, MSc
Ms. Milly Tedja, MSc
Mrs. Josianne ten Berge, MD
Mr. Willem Tideman, MSc, MD
Mr. Dyon Valkenburg, MSc
Ms. Freekje van Asten, MD
Mr. Vincent van den Berg, BSc
Mr. Bert van den Bogerd, MSc
Mr. Roel van der Ven, BSc
Mr. Elon van Dijk, MD
Mr. Wouter Vehmeijer, MD
Mr. Freerk Venhuizen, MSc
Ms. Sanne Verbakel, MSc
Mr. Shujin Wang, MSc
Ms. Laura Wielders, MD
Mr. Chung Wing Hung, BSc
Ms. Karlijn Woutersen, MSc
Mr. Bart Wullink, MD
Mr. Shuo Zhang, MSc


Academic Hospital Maastricht: 9
Bartiméus: 2
Erasmus University Medical Center: 7
Leiden University Medical Center: 9
Radboud university medical center: 23
Rotterdam Eye Hospital: 3
University Hospital Antwerp: 2
University Hospital Brussels: 1
University Medical Center Groningen: 5
University Medical Center Utrecht: 5

DOPS 2016 Organizing Committee

Eveline Kersten

Radboud University Medical Center

DOPS2016 President

The main focus of my project is to identify risk factors and biomarkers for progression in the dry form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). To date, no curative treatment is available for dry AMD. If we know the factors contributing to development and progression of AMD, we can better predict which patients are most likely to suffer from advanced AMD and moreover new treatments can be developed and evaluated in the future.

Hobbies: Badminton, reading and dining

Roos Schellevis

Radboud University Medical Center

DOPS2016 Treasurer

During my PhD project I am trying to elucidate the genetics of chronic central serous chorioretinopathy (cCSC). Although we still do not know the exact cause of the disease, it has been associated to corticosteroid use, the male gender and stress. Using various genotyping methods we hope to understand the biological mechanism behind cCSC, with the aim to improve patient’ treatment.

Hobbies: Hobbies: Volleyball, reading, (board)games, mountainbike riding


Soraya Jonker

University Eye Clinic Maastricht, MUMC+

DOPS 2016 Secretary

Spectacle independence is a much desired outcome in patients undergoing cataract or refractive surgery. My research focuses on intraocular lenses (IOLs) for the correction of refractive errors in pseudophakic and phakic patients. Currently, we are studying new types of multifocal IOLs in pseudophakic patients as well as the long term effects of iris-fixated IOLs in phakic patients.

Hobbies: Hobbies: yoga, interior design, reading, dining

Natalia Makhotkina

University Eye Clinic Maastricht

DOPS 2016 Public relations

Cataract surgery is one of the most common surgical procedures worldwide and is also an intervention with a highly predictable outcome. However, some patients may be dissatisfied with their vision, despite excellent surgical results and good visual acuity. We are investigating factors which may contribute to the different perception of the quality of vision and predispose some patient to development of visual complaints, such as halo’s, glare, shadows and ghosting after implantation of monofocal and multifocal intraocular lenses.

Hobbies: Hobbies: dancing, playing piano and reading