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‘A Jigsaw Puzzle’

Brabants Dagblad interviews Theun de Groot

Theun2 5 Jan 2012

Theun de Groot received December 20th his PhD degree at the Medical Faculty of the Radboud University Nijmegen. In the Brabants Dagblad he explains how it is being a PhD student, clarifies his research for the general public and he describes important successes and pitfalls during his research. He tells us: "Science is like a Jigsaw Puzzle".


Brabants DagbladThe Brabants Dagblad is a daily newspaper in the middle region of the Netherlands. Theun was born in Lithoijen in 1982. After his high school in Oss he studied Biomedical Sciences at the Radboud University Nijmegen. In 2006 Theun started this PhD research at the department of Physiology on the molecular regulation of the epithelial calcium channel in the kidney that plays an essential role in the maintenance of the body calcium homeostasis. Theun was the first researcher world-wide who could demonstrate the regulation of this calcium channel by the most important calciotropic hormone the parathyroid hormone. In this article he explains the implications of his results for health care 'My thesis forms the basis for next level research'. The research performed by Theun de Groot was supported by the Dutch Kidney Foundation.

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