Nathalie de Vent wins Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award 2017
The award for Amsterdam’s most innovative scientific idea
Nathalie de Vent and Joost Agelink van Rentergem of the University of Amsterdam, PHDs at Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences (Brain & Cognition), are the winners of the Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award 2017, the annual award for the most innovative scientific idea of all Amsterdam knowledge and research institutes.
Nathalie and Joost received the award for the Advanced Neuropsychological Diagnostics Infrastructure (ANDI), a new online infrastructure for the improvement of neuropsychological diagnostics. Together they won € 10,000 euro to support ongoing work and the honor of being the first psychologists in 14 editions to win.
ANDI – the brainchild of Prof. Ben Schmand – is a database of neuropsychological test results developed to improve the diagnosis of brain trauma and brain diseases. It has already attracted donations for 49 researchers and is currently live. ANDI’s important innovation is that by combining multiple datasets it offers norms for combinations of diagnostic tests.
Mirjam van Praag, the chair of the AmSIA Jury explained that during the jury’s preparations, they had been highly surprised that this hadn’t been done before but that after the pitch they all agreed that this was the winner.
Nathalie – when asked for a reaction by the host of the award show – expressed that she was very surprised and very pleased. “Unreal”.
High Potential Award
The High Potential Award was won by Kenneth Chin of the Academic Medical Center for a new optical imaging technique for nerve identification during surgery.
The Audience Award went to Juultje Sommers of the Academic Medical Center and Marike van der Schaaf of the Academic Medical Center and the University of Amsterdam for the ICU Mill: a mobile, simple and safe solution for rehabilitation of patients on Intensive Care.