Hello everyone! My name is Britt Dhaenens and I work as a PhD-student at the Erasmus MC Sophia Children's Hospital. Before my PhD, I studied Medicine at the Erasmus MC, from which I graduated in 2019. I aim to be a children's Neurologist after my PhD.
My PhD revolves around the hereditary condition Neurofibromatosis (NF). We aim to set up a big international trial for this condition. In addition, I focus on the development of patient-reported outcome measures for NF. I also work as a study coordinator for the SPRINKLE study. This study investigates the effectiveness of a certain medicine of plexiform neurofibroma in children with NF1.
Education and career
2012 - 2019: Medical school at Erasmus MC.
2020 - 2022: Second master’s in health sciences at the Dutch Institute for Health Sciences (NIHES).
Identifying challenges in neurofibromatosis: a modified Delphi procedure. Britt A E Dhaenens, Rosalie E Ferner, Annette Bakker, Marco Nievo, D Gareth Evans, Pierre Wolkenstein, Cornelia Potratz, Scott R Plotkin, Guenter Heimann, Eric Legius, Rianne Oostenbrink. Eur J Hum Genet. 2021 Nov;29(11):1625-1633.
Lessons learned from drug trials in neurofibromatosis: A systematic review. Britt A E Dhaenens, Rosalie E Ferner, D Gareth Evans, Guenter Heimann, Cornelia Potratz, Edwin van de Ketterij, Angela M Kaindl, Geesje Hissink, Charlotte Carton, Annette Bakker, Marco Nievo, Eric Legius, Rianne Oostenbrink. Eur J Med Genet. 2021 Sep;64(9):104281.
Supervision of multiple theses of Medicine master students.
Scholarships, grants, and awards
Received €40.000 from the Neurofibromatosis patient organization (NFVN) for the research of brain tumours in patients with Neurofibromatosis Type 1.