From jungle outpost to top clinical eye care

In Body
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 13:25

He is considered the founding father of the prestigious Maastricht UMC Eye Clinic, which opened its doors in 2011 and now attracts patients from around the  country. No detail escaped Professor Fred Hendrikse in designing the Oogtoren, the new location of the Eye Clinic. Hendrikse has been head of the Department of Ophthalmology for 20 years, and, following his 65th birthday, will stay on as an educator and PhD supervisor for two more years.


“I’m not attached to power”

Monday, 25 June 2012 10:18

On 1 September Gerard Mols will become Maastricht University’s longest-serving rector, with a term of eight years and eight months. The usual unwritten rule is that a rector may serve a maximum of two four-year terms, but his successor Luc Soete was unavailable earlier. “After two terms you’re practically dead; you become predictable and routine. That’s not good either for yourself or for the organisation. You have to make way for new people.” Here we look back on a career that, in his own words, has always had a touch of schizophrenia.


Esther Crombag is a lecturer in Public Law at Maastricht University, a top-level tandem cyclist and a popular conference speaker. Recently, she also published her biography. Crombag is blind.


Art and academics: a match made in heaven

“Why don’t you come to my house, where you can see my work?” suggested Ree Meertens. What a great suggestion that was! The many beautiful works of art, the atmosphere, the house, the hospitality - it’s enough to leave you speechless. But we were there to talk about Ree’s extraordinary combination of two jobs: associate professor at Maastricht University Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Department of Health Promotion, and well-known artist.

Ree Meertens has been working at Maastricht University for over twenty years, teaching health science students and conducting research, currently in the field of risk perception and risk communication. At the same time, she has produced numerous great pieces of art. Ree works mainly with oil paint, sometimes on wood, sometimes on linen or copper. She is always open to new techniques, such as the frescos and the painted glass she recently finished. Her works have figurative elements, and the colours are usually very warm.


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