Twelve young researchers from all fields of science will receive a KNAW Early Career Award. The award, which is given annually, consists of a sum of 15,000 euros and a work of art for each of the laureates. The Award is intended for researchers in the Netherlands who are at the beginning of their careers and who have innovative, original ideas. UT researcher Annemieke Witteveen receives the award for, among other things, her research on a method to predict the risk of breast cancer recurrence. She is the first UT researcher to receive the award.
Annemieke Witteveen is assistant professor of personalised eHealth technology for oncology in the Biomedical Signals and Systems research group. Her research aims to improve the quality of life after cancer. To this end, she develops models for personalised predictions, monitoring and recommendations for late effects after cancer. One example is an online model to predict the risk of breast cancer recurrence, which is used daily in hospitals. She leads several projects on eHealth technology, including on the optimal treatment of cancer-related fatigue, smart monitoring, and the influence of lifestyle on getting late effects after cancer.
The KNAW Early Career Award consists of a cash prize of 15,000 euros. This sum may be spent by the laureates on their research careers as they see fit. Witteveen will also receive the art object 'Extended Jewellery' by Laura Klinkenberg (1992). This is a brass screw with a 'twist'. "You need the twist in both science and art to arrive at new ideas. Also, the twist symbolises contrariness in research," KNAW said. The presentation of the KNAW Early Career Award will take place during a festive meeting at the KNAW Trippenhuis on 14 February 2023.
Annemieke Witteveen is assistant professor of personalised eHealth technology for oncology in the Biomedical signals and Systems research group (BSS; Faculty of EEMCS) and the Personalised eHealth Technology research programme (PeHT; TechMed Centre). She studied Technical Medicine and Health sciences at UT before doing her PhD research at the Health Technology and Services Research Group (HTSR; Faculty of BMS). She is also one of UT's featured scientists.