Team Twentyfive winner of the EMGO+ Societal Impact Award 2014

Date published: June 11th, 2014

Team Twentyfive winner of the EMGO+ Societal Impact Award 2014

At the EMGO+ Annual Meeting on June 5, the Societal Impact Award 2014 has been awarded to Team Twenty-five (consisting of Gonneke Willemsen, Natascha Stroo, Jacqueline Vink and Marleen de Moor, all four of the FPP department of Biological Psychology). Team Twenty-five has been acclaimed for organizing a twins weekend in Burgers Zoo for many twin and multiple-birth families (over 6.000 people). The twin weekend was organized to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Netherlands Twin Registry. Team Twenty-five coordinated several scientific demonstrations for the general public, e.g. presenting information about DNA research, numerous other activities, and posters with findings from research.

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And the other nominees were…

Also nominated were the so-called ‘val-beslisboom’ and the MyGame project. The ‘val-beslisboom’ is an instrumental tree of dr. Natasja van Schoor (postdoc at the VUmc department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, involved in LASA) and colleagues, that predicts falling among older people. This tree is included in instructions for practice (1000+ downloads). At the annual meeting, this product has been memorably pitched by prof. dr. Dorly Deeg, posing as a potentially falling old woman saved by the tree.

The MyGame project of Monique Simons (PhD student at the VU FALW department of Health Sciences) and colleagues was praised for its focus on innovative and popular technology (video games), and its potential use for promoting a healthy lifestyle in children. MyGame has attracted a lot of attention, ranging from professional organizations in the field to various media expressions (e.g. IOC, Ministry of VWS, RIVM, Sony). The MyGame project was pitched by prof. dr. Mai Chin A Paw, who surprisingly made the whole crowd dance to this Just Dance video!

About the EMGO+ Societal Impact Award

The EMGO+ Societal Impact Award is presented annually to a societal relevant product by an EMGO+ researcher. The product must have societal relevance for Dutch healthcare and an (potential) impact for extramural care. The product should be based on an EMGO+ project and can have many forms.  It must be submitted in the year that the societal impact is the largest. The researcher who submits the product should have played a significant part in the development of the product and this must be part of his/her EMGO+ work activities. The product is assessed by a jury consisting of four EMGO+ Science Committee members from all four research programs and two associate or assistant professors from 2 other interfaculty research institutes. During the award ceremony at the EMGO+ Annual Meeting, the three nominees with the highest score on societal impact are invited to give a 30-seconds elevator pitch about their product, after which the EMGO+ Societal Impact Award of €250 is presented to the winner.

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