What's on at APH December 2022, 42nd edition       !!! Best viewed in your browser 
‘More than half of APH members experienced discrimination at work’

As part of the I Act study, a survey was sent out amongst APH members to get insight into perceptions of diversity and experienced discrimination at work.
The main results of the survey are summarized in an infographic!

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Nature publication: Microbiome composition influences depression

APH researcher Anja Lok, psychiatrist at Amsterdam UMC, and colleagues of University of Amsterdam and Erasmus MC deliver the most extensive evidence to date of a relationship between the composition of the microbiome and instances of depression.

This composition also plays a role in the differing rates of depression across different ethnic groups. These studies, based partly on data from the HELIUS study, appeared as a double publication in Nature Communications.
AmsCIS: Yes We Can! Learning from each other's implementation challenges and ideas.  Read more
APH Digital Health Researcher Matchmaking event 
To kick off the new year with a new research program! Read more
Escape Room Low Literacy 
Can you crack the code? Read more
APH Methodology Writing Retreat 
A whole day dedicated to writing, together with junior researchers. 
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Course: Participatory action research
A four day course March 29, 30 and 31, and an additional meeting on May 12. Read more
Vote for the Amsterdam UMC Societal Impact Award! 
Amsterdam UMC has founded the Societal Impact Award to increase awareness for the importance of creating societal impact through research. This award is for an Amsterdam UMC researcher or team with a relevant societal impact in the academic year 2021-2022.

The three nominees are:
Hilgo Bruining, Harald Jorstad and last but not least APH researcher and Digital Health program leader
Marlies Schijven. 
Please vote before Friday 23rd of December!

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Public Health & Care Leadership Program 2023
Are you a mid-career researcher with the ambition to improve your knowledge and skills to become a leading researcher in public health and care research? The CaRe leadership program might be for you!

Becoming a leader in the public health and care research domain requires more than being an excellent scientist. In addition to acquiring competencies concerning content, one also needs the knowledge, skills and tools to understand and manage the context. Therefore, the Netherlands School of Public Health and Care Research (CaRe), in which APH is a partner organization, has established an internationally oriented Public Health and Care Research Leadership Program of which the first edition started in 2021. The third edition will start in July 2023. Read more

For all program news visit the APH program newspage
Health Behaviors & Chronic Diseases 
Carry Renders will be the new program leader of the HB&CD research program, as of February 1, 2023. Hidde van der Ploeg wishes Carry a warm welcome on behalf of HB&CD, and also would like to extend a big thank you to Marcel Adriaanse for his leadership over the past few years.
Mental Health
Wouter van Ballegooijen studied whether mobile apps increase the safety of people with suicidal thoughts. In the CASPAR study they looked at the feasibility of using mobile apps to treat suicidal mental health patients. Read more 
Societal Participation & Health
ZonMW awarded Martijn Huisman, Cécile Boot, Astrid de Wind and colleagues of UMC Groningen, Utrecht University and VU Amsterdam with a grant of 1 million euros for their HEALTHPATH project. Read more
Global Health 
The Global Health Junior Council organized the webinar ‘Reimagining Global Health Research’. Dr Seye Abimbola, dr Zuleika Bibi Sheik, dr Esther Miedema and dr Ike Anya engaged in a conversation about the future of global health research. The recording of the webinar is available to watch! Read more
Aging & Later Life
Research program Aging & Later Life is looking for a new program leader. Together with Janet MacNeil-Vroomen you will lead the program council and are responsible for the execution of the parts of the strategic plan of the APH that have been allocated to the specific research program. Read more
Quality of Care
Corporate physician Monique Beukering found that pregnant women with jobs have a higher risk of complications during pregnancy. Existing legal rules and guidelines to protect pregnant women are not enforced in half of women with ‘low-risk pregnancies’. Read more
Personalized Medicine
Meike Bartels (Professor Genetics and Wellbeing at VU Amsterdam) has received a Vici grant of the European Research Council. The grant of 1,5 million euros will be used to get a better understanding of the causes of differences in happiness and wellbeing. Read more
Martijn Schut (Professor of Translational AI in Laboratory Medicine) has delivered his inaugural lecture 'Better with bytes' on November 18. Read more.
Caroline Terwee (Professor of Outcome Measurements in Healthcare) has delivered her inaugural lecture 'Standardizing to personalize' on December 7. Read more
Digital Health
Research program Digital Health is organizing their first event, Januari 31! During this meeting, you will get the chance to meet and speed-date with senior researchers in the field of digital health. The goal of this event is to give you the chance to meet fellow researchers and consult with experts in the future. Read more
Join one of the APH Junior Councils!

Are you an early or midcareer researcher? You might be interested in fulfilling a more prominent role in one of the APH research programs. As a member of one of the junior councils you have this opportunity and luckily for you the councils are always looking for new, enthusiastic members!
The junior councils consist of early and midcareer researchers (PhD and postdocs) who like to think along with the program leaders and program boards about topics regarding the research program. The activities differ per junior council, but in general you can think of (co-)organizing the theme sessions of APH meetings and set-up workshops and events for early and midcareer researchers.

Being part of the junior council, you can also be part of the Junified 2023 organization committee! Interested? Send an email to 
Awarded grants
VICI grant
Meike Bartels (Professor Genetics and Wellbeing at VU Amsterdam) has received a Vici grant of 1,5 million euros.
Bartels will use this personal grant to a better understanding of the causes of differences in happiness and wellbeing. Read more
Horizon 2020 Grant
Christiaan Vis, Femke van Nassau and Hidde van der Ploeg have been awarded with a H2020 grant
focused on effective implementation of primary cancer prevention (PCP) in the PIECES project.
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ERC Starting Grant
Elsje van Bergen (Associate professor Biological Psychology at VU Amsterdam) has received a prestigious Starting Grant from the European Research Council
to conduct research into the interplay of genes and environment in educational achievement. Read more
ERC Starting Grant
Stéphanie van der Pas (Assistant Professor, Epidemiology and Data Science, Amsterdam UMC) has received a prestigious Starting Grant from the European Research Council
 to conduct research on finding causal relationships in large data sets. Read more
ZonMw Open Grant
ZonMw awarded Natasja van Schoor, Laura Schaap and colleauges of VU Amsterdam and University of Twente with a grant of 750k euros for their project “Maintaining Intrinsic capacity in an optimal environment”. Read more
ZonMw Open Grant
ZonMW awarded Martijn Huisman, Cécile Boot, Astrid de Wind and colleagues of UMC Groningen, Utrecht University and VU Amsterdam, with a grant of 1 million euros for their HEALTHPATH project, to investigate individual and organisational determinants of healthy pathways to retirement in older workers.
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The Amsterdam Public Health research institute organizes onboarding meetings for new APH researchers every three months. The main goal of the onboarding meeting is getting to know the research institute and fellow APH researchers better. 

We will inform you about APH and its assets and explain how you can contribute and benefit from your affiliation to APH. It is a diverse afternoon and a great opportunity to meet fellow APH researchers.

Next meeting: March 21, 2023  |  15:00-16:30 (online)

More onboarding meetings in 2023:
August 29  |  15:00-16:30 (online)
November 28  |  15:00-16:30 (online)

You can register for one of our onboarding meetings via this registration form.

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