Staff IBD Trial Unit

maartje-holsbergenMaartje Holsbergen, trial unit manager

Maartje Holsbergen started working as a study coordinator at the pulmonary department in the OLVG in 1996. In 1998 she received her graduate for a Post HVE (Higher Vocational Education) in Research nursing. From 2000 until July 2006 she worked at the IBD Trial Unit of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases in the AMC. She left to start working as a project coordinator at the gastroenterology department of the LUMC where she set up the clinical trial unit. From 2003 to 2006 she studied Evidence Based Practice at the Academic Medical Centre / University of Amsterdam. From January 2012 onwards Maartje is working again IBD Trial Unit in the AMC. First as clinical research coordinator and since January 2016 as Trial Manager.

mirjam-vd-sMirjam van der Spek, research nurse

Mirjam van der Spek is a qualified nurse and a certified research coordinator. Since 1997 she has been responsible for a great number of research projects at the AMC, starting out at the anesthesiology department and from 1999 onwards at the IBD Trial Unit. Here she has coordinated more than 80 IBD trials, organizing all aspects of clinical medical research: assessing and implementing trials, submitting trials to the ethics committee, managing trial subjects, and collecting and recording research data. Mirjam is dedicated to ensuring that the IBD trials at the AMC are conducted according to the highest international quality standard of Good Clinical Practice.

jitteke-vd-meijJitteke de Jong, research nurse

Jitteke de Jong graduated in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in nursing at the High School in Leiden. From 2001 until 2011 she combined her job as research nurse and experienced clinical research coördinator at the clinical trial unit HepatoPancreaticoBilary (HPB) disorders at the Academic Medical Centre Amsterdam. As a clinical research coördinator she assisted in a lot of trials. Her responsibilities included coordination and implementation of different clinical scientific studies, responsible for submission of the study protocol and study related documents to the METC, take care of performance according the legislations for clinical scientific studies, compliance with the study protocol, supervising medical students, data management and development of Clinical Research.
From February 2011 Jitteke is working as a clinical research coordinator at the IBD Trial Unit in the Academic Medical Centre Amsterdam. She is responsible for the coordination of different clinical trials and coordinates the Pearl of Strings Initiative. She includes patients and coordinates the collection of samples like blood, faeces, resection material and biopsies for this unique biobank.

nicole-berkersNicole Berkers, research nurse

Nicole received her Bachelor’s degree in nursing in 2009 at the Utrecht University of Applied Science. From 2009 until 2014 she combined her job as a nurse at the GI surgical ward while getting her Master degree in International Public Health at the VU University in Amsterdam in August 2012.
Beginning of 2014 Nicole joined the IBD Trial Unit in the AMC, where she works as a certified clinical research coordinator. Starting September 2020 Nicole will be a Nurse Practitioner trainee for the IBD Trial Unit.

Yu-Ching Chen, research nurse

Yu-Ching received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in 2007 from the National Taiwan University. She worked as an oncology certified nurse until 2012 before she relocated with her husband to the Netherlands. She got two kids in 2012 and 2014. She was very busy with her kids and her nursing credentials in the Netherlands. In 2016 she started to work as a research coordinator in the UMCU. She switch her career back to the oncology filed in Antoni van Leuwenhoek Ziekenhuis in 2017. In November of 2018 she started to work as a research coordinator at the IBD trailbureau in the Amsterdam UMC, location AMC. She starts the 15-month training course to be qualified as research coordinators/nurses at the Amstel Academie in the Amsterdam UMC

Vera Aberkrom, research nurse

After graduating from nursing school (AMC specialty program) in 2010, Vera worked on the gastro-intestinal nursing ward at the AMC hospital. She also gained experience in research at the Wetenschapsbureau of the Spaarne Gasthuis hospital. After specializing and working as a wound care consultant for a few years, she is working as a researchnurse / studycoordinator at the IBD trial unit. Vera is very happy to combine her interest in research with the care for patients with Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis.

esme-clasquinEsmé Clasquin, project manager

Esmé got her degree in Nursing from the University of Stellenbosch, South-Africa . After moving to the Netherlands in 1998, she worked as IBD researchnurse at the VU Academic Hospital for 6 years. In 2008 she did the post-HBO Research coordinator / Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) course in Rotterdam, and at the end of 2012 she received her Master’s degree in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from the University of Amsterdam. Currently she work as Project Manager for investigator initiated IBD-trials.

medew-remcoRemco van den Berg, trial physician

Remco van den Berg has extensive experience in clinical research. He has a PhD in lung cancer research (2011) and has worked as a physician on clinical trials of a vaccine and a number of medications for hypercholesterolaemia, type two diabetes and thrombosis. Since 2014 he has worked at the IBD Trial Unit as a trial physician.

Hans Paulich, biobanker

Inge van Welsen, biobanker

Gayle Lemain, trial office assistant

Since 2018 Gayle starting working at the IBD Trial Unit, where she is a huge administrative support. She coordinates archiving of essential study documents for both Sponsor and Investigator Initiated Studies. She also organizes all logistic and material processes relevant for a good functioning trial unit. Furthermore, Gayle keeps the overview of proper storage of source documents according to Good Clinical Practice guidelines.

Yara Abeling, trial unit assistant

In 2017 Yara completed her BSc Health Sciences at VU University in Amsterdam. Following, she has started the MSc Epidemiology at the University of Utrecht. Coming from a mostly methodological background, but with a clinical curiosity she started working as a research assistant at the IBD Trial Unit. She assists the IBD Trial Unit, but also works on the Parelsnoer IBD project as well as the Future IBD Biobank.

Marloes Zwart, project manager

Marloes Zwart started as a radiographer and ultra-sonographer in 2000 at the radiology department of the Central Military Hospital in Utrecht. She worked here for five years and in parallel followed a Public Health master at the university of Maastricht. From 2007 till 2020 Marloes worked as a project manager with Clinical Research Organizations and pharmaceutical companies. July 2020 she started as a project manager at the trial bureau and she is responsible for investigator initiated IBD trials.

Marion Dols, project manager

Since August 2020 Marion has joined the IBD Trial Unit as project manager. She will lead the ICC group.
Marion has roots as an intensive care nurse, with a Master degree in Health Science.
Previously she’s worked as a Clinical Research Associate (CRA), medical project lead and clinical project manager for gastro-intestinal trials in the NKI, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek hospital. These trials were both sponsor initiated and investigator initiated (single and multicenter).