Catharina Pijls prizes awarded at Maastricht health symposium
During the annual Maastricht Symposium on Global and European Health, organised by Maastricht University, the Catharina Pijls Dissertation Prize was awarded to Reinier Meester for his outstanding health research. Meester obtained his doctoral degree in January 2017 at Erasmus MC for his research on the effects of colorectal cancer screening. The theme of this year's Maastricht Symposium on Global and European Health, held on Thursday, was 'Between numbers and narratives: politics of evidence in global health'.
Candidates for the Catharina Pijls Dissertation Prize are nominated by professors from all Dutch faculties of medicine and social sciences. The nominations are assessed on their multidisciplinary character, scholarly quality, level of innovation and societal relevance, as well as the candidate's contributions beyond the dissertation itself. The prize, worth 10,000 euros, is awarded every two years.
'Meester's dissertation touches on several highly relevant questions, such as: what is the expected effect of screening at the population level? Are faecal samples a more effective screening method than internal examinations? What is the long-term effect of participating in observational screening? What is the effect on the quality of internal exams? And what is the best way to treat patients with benign polyps? Data from two practical studies were used in a computer simulation model to estimate the long-term effects of screening participation and quality – the deciding factors for a well-functioning programme,' according to the nomination.
In addition to the Dissertation Prize, the Catharina Pijls Foundation presents an annual Encouragement Award (valued at 2,000 euros) to a recent graduate from the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences. This year's Encouragement Award went to Jade Stultjens (alumna from the Mental Health master’s programme, Child & Adolescent Track) for her outstanding dissertation entitled ‘Identifying the group dynamics of bullying using a social network perspective. An explorative research on the practical relevance of using a non-anonymous questionnaire about bullying among primary school children’.