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Evie van der Spoel

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evieEvie van der Spoel (1992) studied Biomedical Sciences at the Leiden University. In 2015, she received a BW plus grant from the board of the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) to perform a PhD project for 3 years. After obtaining her master’s degree in January 2016, Evie started as a PhD student at the section of Gerontology and Geriatrics (Internal Medicine department) under supervision of prof. dr. Gerard Jan Blauw, prof. dr. Hanno Pijl (section Endocrinology) and dr. ir. Diana van Heemst. Her PhD project focused on the associations between pituitary hormones and familial longevity in participants of the Switchbox Study, which is part of the Leiden Longevity Study. The main findings were that the offspring of long-lived families had a lower 24-h growth hormone (GH) secretion (and a higher thyroid-stimulating-hormone (TSH) secretion) compared to the control group. Moreover, she investigated interrelationships between hormones of different hypothalamus-pituitary-‘target gland’ axes in healthy older individuals, which showed that TSH and GH concentrations and TSH and cortisol concentrations were strongly correlated. On the 30th of October 2019, she defended her PhD thesis successfully. Since early 2020, Evie works as a postdoctoral researcher both at the section of Gerontology and Geriatrics and at the section of Molecular Epidemiology (Biomedical Data Sciences department). Her research at the section of Molecular Epidemiology is part of the VOILA project (Vitality Oriented Innovations for the Lifecourse of the Ageing Society). This project is coordinated by Prof. P. Eline Slagboom and is the largest collaboration in the field of ageing research in the Netherlands. Evie will in particular help to generate a sustainable participant platform of older adults for studies and interventions and investigate the role of gut microbiome in healthy ageing.

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