1-3 JUNE 2022
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Local Organising Committee (LOC)

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    Wichor Bramer (chair LOC)

    Biomedical Information Specialist

    Erasmus MC, Erasmus University Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

    Since 2009 Wichor has been working as an information specialist for Erasmus MC in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. His main tasks are to create searches for systematic reviews and to educate researchers and students on searching. He has developed a method that helps him and his colleagues perform systematic searches much faster on average than other librarians, but still guarantee quality. He has successfully defended his PhD thesis on this topic in 2019. He has published many papers on the methodology of searching and the use of EndNote for SRs and has taught international classes for medical information specialists on these topics. He is a co-author of more than 80 published SRs. Expertise/interest: systematic reviews; systematic searching; databases; reference software.


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    Hans Ket (chair IPC)

    Medical Information Specialist/Literature Researcher

    Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    Hans is a medical information specialist/literature researcher since 2003 at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and works for a range of fields, faculties and departments, like Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Psychology, Health Sciences and occasionally Social Sciences, Economic Sciences, Philosophy and Theology. Most of the time on systematic or scoping reviews. He co-authored 80 articles, see his ORCID-page. He also prepares and gives educational classes, workshops and presentations to these departments. Since 2010 he has been training Dutch information specialists on systematic reviews, CATs, guidelines and PubMed. He is passionate about furthering the role and responsibilities and knowledge of information specialists in systematic literature research.


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    Arian Malekzadeh

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    Chantal den Haan

    Medical Librarian

    OLVG, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

    Chantal is an information specialist at OLVG, one of the Netherlands largest non-academic hospitals. She spends most of her time supporting nurses, researchers, medical staff and students with literature research. That includes both teaching search skills to these groups and performing systematic reviews. She is also actively involved in consortia negotiations for STZ – a group of 27 top clinical hospitals- and the Dutch biomedical library association. Expertise/interests: systematic reviews, literature searching, open access, consortia negotiations


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    Christa Niehot

    (Bio)medical information specialist

    Dutch National Health Care Institute, Diemen, the Netherlands

    Graduating in 2001 from the study of information sciences (IDM) at The Hague (the Netherlands ) I first started work at a school education service. After 3 years there, I applied to the Medical Library of the Erasmus MC, where I worked for 16+ years, before making the transition to the Dutch National Health Care Institute. My interests consists of (systematic) literature searches, use of AI, research data management, knowledge management and everything else that grabs my interest.


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    Elise Krabbendam

    Biomedical information specialist

    Erasmus MC, Erasmus University Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands



    Erica Wilthagen

    (Bio)medical information specialist

    Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

    After a bachelor’s degree Medical Informatics and a master’s degree in Health Sciences, Erica started her career as an information specialist at the Netherlands Cancer Institute in 2018. She started with a focus on supporting medical staff and researchers with their literature research. Meanwhile, the focus is increasingly on support around open science and research data management. She is also part of the board of the Dutch biomedical library association (BMI). Expertise/interests: systematic reviews; systematic searching; research data management; open science; e-learnings


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    Irma van Houts

    Medical information specialist

    HAN University of Applied Sciences, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

    Irma is working as a medical information specialist at the HAN. She supports students in their literature research and creates LibGuides (librarian guides), so that students and teachers have access to high-quality information in the field of evidence-based search. She is also working on open educational resources for nurses in the context of open access and has helped set up the manual field lab of open educational resources.


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    Kirsten van Gelderen-Ziesemer

    Medical information specialist

    Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, the Netherlands



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    Marion Heijmans

    Head Knowledge- & InformationCenter

    Zuyderland, Sittard-Geleen, Heerlen, the Netherlands

    Marion is an information specialist and clinical epidemiologist at Zuyderland, a STZ-hospital (top clinical hospital) in the Netherlands. She supports researchers and health professionals in medical and nursing disciplines, like with systematic reviews and training literature searching. Marion participated in several national working groups and trains Dutch information specialists on searching with PubMed and on CATs. Currently she is EAHIL board member. She graduated from the master Evidence Based Practice. Expertise/interests: Open access/data/science, systematic reviews, research data management.


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    Sabrina Meertens-Gunput

    Biomedical information specialist

    Erasmus MC, Erasmus University Medical Center, Rotterdam, the Netherlands


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    Sietske Vergeer

    Medical information specialist

    HAN University of Applied Sciences, Nijmegen, The Netherlands 

    Sietske works as a medical information specialist at the HAN. Her study Educational Sciences is useful in teaching students. She designs learning materials, creates LibGuides, arranges workshops for college teachers and gives individual guidance to students. Her focus is on evidence based search skills. In addition to nursing, she is most concerned with physiotherapy and occupational therapy.