A Personal Touch of Hans van Valenberg

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Please learn more about colleagues in our "Personal Touch" series setting employees in the spotlight. A light-hearted manner to learn about the colleagues you know and those you don't!.

This week: Hans van Valenberg






1. Name, nationality, current function, department & theme?
Hans van Valenberg, PhD-candidate and medical doctor at the department of (Experimental) Urology. I focus on both biomarkers in the diagnosis of bladder cancer and new forms of therapy, theme Urological cancers. 

2. When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up? Can you tell us something about your child years. 
I always wanted to be like my grandfather, who was a very technical person similar to an inventor. Later on, I thought of becoming a pilot and eventually I decided to be a doctor. I grew up in a very warm family in the south of the Netherlands.

3. What was your previous academic training, where did you study and why that study? 
I’m a medical doctor, of which I completed my training here at the Radboudumc. I think it is a beautiful combination of biology, physics, chemistry and social interaction with both colleagues and patients. In line with this thinking, a PhD project significantly adds to this interaction. 

4. The RIMLS motto is ‘to understand molecular mechanisms of disease’. What does this mean for you? 
To go back from the patient’s problem to the actual mechanism of the disease, and eventually come back to the patient again with a solution based on the understanding of this mechanism. 

5. Who is your great example as scientists? And please give a motivation why.
Archimedes. He learned us that you need to relax now and then to come to your groundbreaking insight (for those among you who don’t know or remember: he found a solution for measuring the volume of irregularly shaped objects while taking a bath (i.e. put the object in water and measure the rise in volume). He’s the guy exclaiming ‘Eureka’).

As a good second: Darwin. I think he showed that by close observation and subsequent precise description of your observations, you generate good science. 

In addition, both gentlemen had awesome beards. 

6. Which research discovery that you have made has made you most proud? 
This discovery still needs to present itself. Nonetheless, I’m quite proud of my experiments regarding hyperthermia in the bladder wall, to be combined with vehicles for targeted delivery of chemotherapy. 

7. Given unlimited finance what experiment would you perform?
I guess I would then like to start experimenting with new forms of immunotherapy in bladder cancer treatment. 

8. What does your working area (desk, office) look like and what does it say about you (or your research)?
Quite messy, actually. Although my mind is rather organized. At the end of the day I walk out of the office without changing the position of any of the objects, as to continue where I was when I return the next day. 

9. Nominate a colleague to be in the spotlight and what would you like to ask him or her?
I would like to nominate Dirk van den Brand, who is a friend of mine and, as a medical doctor, works on true basic science at the 7th floor of the RIMLS. I’m particularly curious about who is his greatest example as a scientist.

10. What type of person are you, quick insights:

a) Mac or PC?                               : PC
b) Theater or cinema?                 : Theater
c) Dine out or dine in?                 : Out
d) Ferrari or Fiat?                         : Fiat (500, oldtimer)
e) Shopaholic or chocoholic?    : Neither
f) Culture or Nature                      : Both (but if forced to choose: nature)

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