A Personal Touch of Kioa Wijnsma

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This week: Kioa Wijnsma






1. Name & Nationality
Kioa Wijnsma, Dutch

2. When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was very young I always said I wanted to be a midwife. When I discovered that this included a lot of blood and late hours I changed my mind. After this, until I was halfway through medical school, I wanted to be a pediatric psychiatrist, specialized in traumatic events. However, all those years, it was clear I wanted to do “something” medical, involving kids.

3. What was your previous academic training, where did you study?
Medical school at Radboudumc, Nijmegen. I participated in “ het dedicated schakeljaar” (transition year) for pediatrics, and spend 7 months at the ward of the department pediatric nephrology. It was during these months my enthusiasm for nephrology expanded.

4. What is your current function and what would you like to achieve?
At the moment I work as a PhD student at the department of Pediatric Nephrology. My research topic involves eculizumab treatment in patients with an atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). Hopefully in the near future, besides doing research I will also participate in the clinic duties of pediatric (nephrology). 

5. The RIMLS motto is 'to understand molecular mechanisms of disease'. What does this mean for you?
Because of my study I always looked at the “clinical” side of diseases. In the following couple of years I hope to understand more of the mechanisms behind diseases. Although it feels like I’m starting with zero knowledge now, I’m confident that at the end of my PhD I will fully grasp (some of) the pathways.

6. What is the biggest motivation in your work?
I want to complete my PhD and continue my work as a pediatrician (and scientist), making the connection between science and the clinic. This PhD is a move in the right direction. Not only will I look at the pathway and the disease itself but also at the patients behind the disease.

7. What is your dream for the future?
I want to become a pediatrician one day, hopefully working in an academic setting, where I can combine research with clinical work as a pediatrician specialized on one subject.

Besides my work I hope to expand my kitchen, making room for all the books and equipment, for my passion and hobby: cooking (and of course enjoying the food I prepared afterwards)

8. Fun-facts. State an interesting/obscure fact about yourself together with two that are false? Correct answer will be revealed to readers in the subsequent edition.
A: My given name is based on an African goddess
B:I am also named after a time of the year, but I am a little ashamed of that. Therefore I never mention it.
C: Because I love cooking, I want to try all kinds of food, therefore I ate a fried spider ones.

Correct answer will be revealed to readers in the subsequent edition.


Correct answer of Rianne Hendriks : B

A: I am a bit of a technology freak, especially when it comes to gadgets like smartphones.
B: I have five sisters and their birthdays are all in two weeks time
C: I am a terrible loser, often people don’t want to play a game with me for the second time.

State an interesting/obscure fact about yourself together with two that are false.


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