Plenary sessions

We are pleased to present our first plenary speaker.

Prof. Dr. Angela Maas – Radboud University
Angela Maas is a cardiologist since 1988. Over the past 27 years she has specialized in heart disease in women. Since May 2012 she holds a chair in ‘Cardiology for Women’ at the Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. The main focus of her work are cardiac symptoms in women at middle-age and the role of female-specific risk factors in (early) heart disease. In the past years she started an expert center for microvascular coronary disease at the Radboudumc. In 2015 she initiated the Dutch SCAD registry (coronary dissections) and she is now developing the theme cardio-oncology for women treated for breast cancer. Her aim is to widely implement a more gender sensitive cardiology care and to make the cardiology community friendlier for women. She has been awarded by the Dutch society of female physicians (2010), Libelle Magazine (2010), the Radboudumc (2014), ‘VrouwenvanNu’ (2015) and was knighted to Officer of Oranje Nassau in 2017. She is listed as one of the most powerful women in Dutch healthcare (Opzij 2011-2018). In 2014 she initiated the Radboudumc fund Heart for Women ( to collect funding for innovative project in cardiology care for women. In May 2019 she released her book: ‘HartvoorVrouwen’, Arbeiderspers, to explain heart disease in women to a broader public. She was recently elected to be the UN representative 2020 of the Dutch Women’s council.

Up next: our second plenary speaker!

Dr. Rachel Brouwer – University Medical Center Utrecht
Dr. Brouwer obtained her PhD in the field of mathematics at the Center of Mathematics and Computer Science in 2005. Changing course, she subsequently started working at the department of psychiatry at the UMCU and currently works as an assistant professor in neuroimaging.

Dr. Brouwer’s main interests lie in the development of the brain during puberty. As the senior investigator on the BrainSCALE project, a longitudinal study that investigates brain development and cognition during adolescence, she examines to what extent genes, environment and hormones influence brain development. She will provide a neuroscientific perspective on how brain development in puberty differs between men and women.

And lastly, our third plenary speaker:

Prof. Dr. Tom de Jong
Head of one of the world’s larger departments of paediatric urology, Prof. Dr. Tom de Jong is a paediatric urologist who specialises in reconstructive surgery for complex congenital and acquired anomalies of the urogenital tract. In his research, de Jong focuses on treating congenital diseases and conditions of the urogenital tract, incontinence caused by (non-) neurological disorders as well as nephrogenesis. In 2006, Dr De Jong became the first person in Europe to receive an internationally accredited teaching qualification in the field of paedriatic urology. He is also a fellow of the European Academy of Pediatric Urology and the American Academy of Pediatrics. De Jong has contributed immensely to his field paediatric urology. He recently retired from clinical practice, however he still remains active and available for complex surgical problems all over the world.

Parallel sessions

And now, presenting our first parallel speaker:

Dr. Math Pieters – University Medical Center Utrecht
Dr. Math Pieters is head of the laboratory for assisted reproductive techniques (ART) (Voortplantingslaboratorium) at the UMC Utrecht since 2015. He studied Medicine at the University of Maastricht. His PhD study included cytogenetic analysis of human gametes and embryo’s. In the early years after his PhD he was responsible for the clinical introduction of Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) in the Netherlands. During more than 20 years of his career in ART, Pieters worked not only in Maastricht and Utrecht but he was head of the reproductive laboratory in Rotterdam as well.

The second speaker…

Prof. Dr. Sabine Oertelt – Prigione – Radboud University Medical Center
Prof. Dr. Oertelt-Prigione (MD MScPH, PhD) is the Strategic Chair for Gender in Primary and Transmural Care at Radboud University in Nijmegen, Netherlands and a senior researcher at the Institute of Legal Medicine of Charité – Universitätsmedizin in Berlin, Germany. She leads teams in the two countries focusing on sex and gender in (bio)medical research and healthcare organizations. She is interested in the implementation of methods for the investigation of sex and gender in (bio)medicine, its innovative potential and hurdles for its implementation. Her secondary focus is on the development of participatory strategies for the prevention of gendered discrimination in organizations.

And the third…

Dr. Jan Kroon – Leiden University Medical Center
Dr. Kroon was educated at the University of Leiden (B.Sc.) and the VU University Amsterdam (M.Sc.), including a period abroad at Imperial College London. His PhD-project (2012-2016) investigated GR function in prostate cancer. Dr. Kroon started his first postdoc position in the group of Prof. Onno Meijer, where he examined GR signaling in metabolic disease. During this period he evaluated the utility of selective GR modulators in models for Cushing’s disease, obesity and liver steatosis.

His latest research focuses on deciphering why GR signaling is sexually dimorphic, and investigates how androgen receptor signaling influences GR action in metabolic tissues. During the symposium he will elaborate on the interaction between the stress hormone cortisol and the sex hormone testosterone (present in both men and women), and how this contributes to the development of metabolic diseases.

Now fourth!

Dr. mr. Maxim Februari
Maxim Februari is the pseudonym of Dr. Max Drenth. Maxim studied philosophy, law and art history at Utrecht University. He obtained a PhD in philosophy at Tilburg University in 2000. Maxim writes novels, essays and columnist for the NRC Handelsblad. Until 2012, Maxim wrote as Marjolijn Februari, however this changed to Maxim after his gender transition. In 2013, he published the novel: “De maakbare man. Notities over transseksualiteit” (The Making of a Man. Notes on Transsexuality), which subsequently has been translated into English, Spanish and Turkish. He has received multiple literary awards for his works.

TWO more speakers!

Esmée Lindenbergh
Esmée Lindenbergh is the mother of nine year old girl with
congenital adrenal hyperplasia (adrenogenitaal syndroom / AGS), who will enlighten us with the difficulties that come along with such a diagnosis.

Dr. Roos de Jonge – University Medical Center Utrecht
Roos de Jonge (PhD) was trained as a Medical Biologist and obtained her PhD in neurogenetics at AMC, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. After a year of postdoctoral fellowship at the Silvius Laboratorium in Leiden, she decided to quit basic science and study philosophy at UvA, the Netherlands. She aimed for a job in science education or journalism but ended up as the scientific coordinator at Prinses Beatrix Foundation, a big charity foundation specialized in muscle and motorneuron diseases. In 2006 her daughter was born with a severe congenital heart defect and forced her to switch to Duchenne Parent Project which was at walking distance of her house. She started combining the care for her daughter with patient advocacy and got involved in patient participation at StichtingKind&Ziekenhuis. Nowadays works as Advisor PatientParticipation in education at the UMCUtrecht combining her personal experience with training.

And finally, our last parallel speakers:

Dr A.A. Verrijn Stuart MD, PhD – University Medical Center Utrecht
Dr Verrijn Stuart finished training as a pediatric endocrinologist (WKZ/ UMCU, Catharina Ziekenhuis Eindhoven, Tygerberg Hospital, Stellenbosch University, South Africa ) in 2007 and has worked in the WKZ/UMCU since; currently as the head of the pediatric endocrinology department. Furthermore, she is the chair of the UMCU DSD Center and also member of the national  DSDNET as well as I-DSD. Her focus in pediatric endocrinology is on DSD (differences of sex development); rare endocrine tumors and Mc Cune-Albright syndrome.

Drs M van Kuyk – University Medical Center Utrecht
Maaike van Kuyk is a clinical psychologist and cognitive behavioral therapist. She started her career in Nijmegen at the Radboud UMC as a medical psychologist. Since 2009 she works in the WKZ/UMCU. One of her specializations is the care of children with DSD and their families.