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Hans Vink

Principal Investigator


Hans Vink studied Physics at the University of Amsterdam and graduated in 1994 at the department of Medical Physics at the Academic Medical Center on the implications of the endothelial glycocalyx for flow of red blood cells in capillary blood vessels. He continued glycocalyx research as a postdoctoral fellow in Brian Duling’s lab at the University of Virginia and returned to Amsterdam in 1997. Hans Vink was awarded a Research Fellowship from the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (2000 – 2005) and became Established Investigator of the Netherlands Heart Foundation in 2005. In 2006 he moved to the department of Physiology at Maastricht University, where he continues glycocalyx research as a Principle Investigator within the CArdiovascular Research Institute Maastricht (CARIM) in close collaboration with the department of Vascular Medicine at the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam.



Jurgen van Teeffelen 

Research associate


Jurgen van Teeffelen studied Medical Biology at the University of Utrecht and graduated in 1997 on his studies on the myocardial interstitial fluid balance and cardiac contraction at the department of Medical Physics of the University of Amsterdam. Jurgen studied vasomotor control of resistance vessels during muscle activity as a postdoctoral associate at the John B. Pierce Laboratory at Yale University until 2000, and returned to Amsterdam to study the role of endothelial glycocalyx in control of blood flow in heart and skeletal muscle. Currently, he’s a research associate at the department of Physiology at Maastricht University, where he’s in charge of research projects on the role of the glycocalyx in control of coronary blood flow and volume (Netherlands Heart Foundation) and regulation of insulin-mediated glucose transport to skeletal muscle (Netherlands Diabetes Foundation).



Bart Eskens 

PhD student


Role of insulin-mediated glycocalyx modulation in regulation of insulin sensitivity

Netherlands Diabetes Foundation



Judith van Haare

PhD student


Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of microvascular blood volume recruitment capacity in the heart: indicator of coronary endothelial glycocalyx loss and associated microvascular dysfunction? 

Netherlands Heart Foundation



Hanneke Cobelens 

Lab technician


Experimental support 



Hans Mooij 

PhD student


Therapeutic glycocalyx repair strategies to fight cardiovascular disease

Cardiovascular Research Institute Maastricht



Sjef Roos 

Software developer


ICT support 



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