Meet our team

DOPS 2022 will be organised by PhD students from Radboudumc, Erasmus MC and the Rotterdam Eye Hospital. Meet the members of our team:

Monica Ravenstijn


Francesco Cinque


My name is Francesco Cinque, PhD student at the department of Ophthalmology in Radboudumc Nijmegen. My research focusses on age-related macular degeneration. This is a incapacitating eye condition for many, especially the growing group of elderly people in the Netherlands. With my research on the wet subtype I hope to learn more about the origin and course of this debilitating disease in the hope of being able to treat patients more effectively in the future.

Sofie ten Brink


Pam Heutinck


My name is Pam Heutinck and I'm working as a PhD student at the department of Ophthalmology at the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam since 2021, after studying medicine at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. My research focusses on retinal dystrophies. I hope to be able to find new therapeutic strategies for these complex conditions.

Daphne Vergouwen


After growing up in the countryside of Brabant, I studied medicine at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. Since 2019 I work as a PhD student at the Departments of Ophthalmology & Immunology in the Erasmus MC. My PhD project focusses on scleritis, a severe ocular inflammatory disorder. The goal of this thesis is to increase the knowledge of the pathogenesis, and to improve clinical management of this painful and blinding disease. To achieve this, we set-up a national multicenter study to include patients from all over the Netherlands. The translation of basic laboratory experiments into clinical applications is challenging, but makes this project so exciting to work on. If you would like to know more, do not hesitate to contact me!

Contact information:

Postal address
Stichting DOPS
Route 409 
Philips van Leydenlaan 15
6525 EX Nijmegen

KvK: 70224161