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Junior Research Meet-up - Mental Health

When:Th 02-02-2023 09:00 - 17:00
Where:Groningen, Zernike Campus, Duisenberg Building, room 5412.0028

The Aletta Talent Network is the young arm of the Aletta Jacobs School of Public Health. As such, the aim of the Junior Research Meet-up is to bring together young researchers from different fields to share their research themes, to exchange ideas, to receive feedback, and t o grow the network of each participant.

If you are a Bachelor student, Master student, PhD candidate or a postdoc fellow interested in Public Health, you are kindly invited to join us at the fifth Aletta's Talent Network Junior Research Meet-up on 2 Februari 2023. Join our fifth Junior Research Meet-up at Zernike Campus on the 2nd of February 2023! Either come as a guest or contribute with your own presentation and listen to inspiring keynote speakers and meet fellow junior researchers. This event is open and free to research- bachelor and master students, PhD students, and postdocs related to Public Health.

For more information on the keynote speakers & programme; see below!


The following keynote speakers will present during the Junior Research Meetup:

Carina Bethlehem
Carina Bethlehem
Carina Bethlehem, “Mental problems after ICU admission; a role for Virtual Reality?”

Carina Bethlehem is working as a specialist in intensive care medicine in the Medical Centre Leeuwarden. She especially focusses on care for patients and caregivers after ICU discharge.

Project: Our project involves the use of virtual reality in the recovery after Intensive Care admission. We explore the role of a VR-based serious game in both mental and physical recovery after discharge.

Natalie Abrokwa
Natalie Abrokwa
Natalie Abrokwa, "The potential of human rights law to adress challenges in the context of mental health"

Natalie Abrokwa has an LLM in International Human Rights Law and Humanitarian Law, and started her external PhD position at the University of Groningen in 2017 (which has recently been submitted). Since 2018, she has been lecturing in several LLM and LLB courses, as well as in summer schools across Europe, and she has presented her research at various international conferences. Since 2020, Mrs. Abrokwa also works with the Policy, Law and Human Rights Unit, Department of Mental Health & Substance Use of the World Health Organization.

Individual PhD project:

Natalie Abrokwa's PhD project focuses on mental health and human rights, particularly addressing the challenges of persons with mental disabilities in accessing mental healthcare, as well as applicable human rights standards. In her research, she examines the human right to health and various provisions within the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Programme overview

9:00 Walk-in & welcoming coffee
9:30 Opening by Brigit Toebes
9:35 Welcome and introduction by Catharina Gerigk
9:45 Keynote 1:

Natalie Abrokwa, "The potential of human rights law to adress challenges in the context of mental health"

10:30 Presentations I - 5 talks
11:40 Coffee Break
12:00 Presentations II - 5 talks
13:10 Lunch
14:00 Keynote 2:

Carina Bethlehem, "Mental problems after ICU admission; a role for Virtual Reality?"

14:45 Presentations III - 5 talks
15:55 Final Synthesis, thank you & awards
16:30 Networking