On 22 September 2017 Susan Jongstra will be the first to obtain a PhD degree based on the HATICE project. As a PhD student Susan was involved in the ongoing trials evaluation, the design of the generic intervention, and the controlled trial itself.
Her thesis covers a broad spectrum of issues involving eHealth in cardiovascular risk management to prevent cognitive decline. Not only the rationale and design of the HATICE trial is presented, but also the extensive, profound and time-consuming process of developing an internet platform for the prevention of cardiovascular disease in older adults. Based on data from the preDIVA trial, the added predictive value of a neuropsychological test of visual memory (Visual Association Test, VAT) over and above a cognitive screening instrument (Mini Mental State Examination, MMSE) was assessed. It seemed that such a short, simple test as the VAT has substantial incremental value for distinguishing older individuals that are at increased risk of developing dementia. For more information, or a copy of the thesis, please contact Susan: s.jongstra[at]amc.uva.nl
In January 2017, Susan has started her training to become a neurologist at the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.