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dr. A. (Aeltsje) Brinksma

Post-doc researcher
dr. A. (Aeltsje) Brinksma

Aeltsje Brinksma studied nursing at Hanze University Applied Science in Groningen and received her bachelor in Nursing cum laude in 1986. She graduated in Health Science main subject Nursing Science at University of Maastricht/Groningen in 1993. She was pediatric nurse at Beatrix Children’s Hospital University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG), experienced in the field of oncology, liver transplant, cardiology, neonatology, and general pediatrics. From 1997-2007 she was coordinator of the nursing research program, wrote research proposals for grants, supervised master and bachelor students during their research projects, organized and chaired research meetings of researchers in nursing. She was teacher in NursingScience at the UniversityGroningen, lectured on evidence based practice. In 2005-2006 she was member of the steering committee ‘Optimizing nutritional status in the UMCG’ and leader of the project ‘Nutritional Assessment’ and developed, implemented, and evaluated the nutritional screening program for the UMCG.

In 2014 she finished her Phd entitled 'Nutritional status in children with cancer; prevalence, related factors and consequences of malnutrition”. Currently, she is working as a post-doc researcher at the School of Nursing and Health and at the department of Pediatric Oncology and Hematology of the University Medical Center Groningen. Her research aims to improve nutritional status and quality of life in children with cancer. Based on the results of her PhD study, and in cooperation with The Knowledge Center Technology and Innovation of the University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, she started a project to develop “tools” to improve dietary intake and physical activity in pediatric cancer patients. Furthermore, she is projectleader for the division children of the Dutch Malnutrition Steering Committee.

Since 2020 she is senior nurse researcher at the Princess Máxima Center for Pediatric Oncology in Utrecht and responsible for the development of the nursing research line.

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