Patricia Vanhooydonck-vd Hoogen will obtain her PhD at Utrecht University on September 14. For the past 4 years, as a PhD student at Experimental Cardiology at UMC Utrecht, she has been researching one of the possible processes that play an important role in the development of heart failure, namely the inflammatory response. Partly thanks to the support of the PLN foundation, she has investigated the presence of an inflammatory response and inflammatory cells in heart tissue and blood from PLN carriers with heart failure. The goal of her thesis is to distinguish the cells that are involved in the chronic inflammatory response and may be involved in the development of heart failure, with the aim of developing new starting points for therapy.
Patricia currently works as a Project manager at the Netherlands Heart Institute. In her new role, she is still enthusiastically involved with the PLN foundation and the ongoing investigations.
We wish Patricia the best of luck!