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No fewer than 1 in 10 women worldwide live with intense abdominal pain, reduced fertility and pain during sexual intercourse. These symptoms are all part of the relatively unknown disease endometriosis. Doctor and researcher Esther van Barneveld is developing an app for patients that will lead to better, more personalised treatment. Your donation will contribute to a painless future for all women and increased awareness of endometriosis.

About project owner Esther van Barneveld

Esther van Barneveld (l. on photo) was born in Wageningen and studied gynaecology at Radboud University in Nijmegen. She used to work at the gynaecology ward in the hospital of Arnhem, but moved to Maastricht because she got the opportunity to carry out PhD research there. Besides her work, Esther spends time on her hobbies and sports: swimming, cycling and running. The Rotterdam marathon and a full triathlon in Copenhagen are planned for 2020. After her PhD research, Esther hopes to become a gynaecologist.

Esther (l. in picture): “Where my interest in endometriosis is coming from? During my internships, my mentor learned me a lot about the disorder. I was surprised that the disorder is relatively unknown, even though the consequences are very big. Next to infertility, the symptoms cause pain that makes work, sport and sex harder or even impossible. This massively affects the quality of life. I want to contribute with my research!”

For Each Other 2019

Over the past 12 months, Maastricht University again devoted itself to the important tasks of education and research, with the ultimate aim of building a better society. As ever, the University Fund Limburg/SWOL supports the university in this effort. But your support is essential, too. Together, we will make this project a success! Are you there For Each Other?

You make your donation to the University Fund Limburg/SWOL, the charitable foundation of Maastricht University. This fund is a registered public benefit organisation (ANBI), which means your donation is tax deductible. For more information, please visit the website of University Fund Limburg/SWOL:

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From crowdfunding campaign to actual app

21-09-2020 | 11:51 Remember researcher Esther van Barneveld? She started a successful crowdfunding campaign last year on our platform UM Crowd in order to raise money for a special app. This app provides more insight into endometriosis symptomatology, which will lead to better and personalised treatment. Furthermore, she wanted to make more people aware of this disease. We are curious: what is Esther up to?Esther: "By now, the app has been developed and the corresponding validation process is almost finished – we need the results of only 4 more persons. In the next step, the app will be used in clinical trials in order to make a reliable assessment of treatment effect. Eventually the app will be implemented in the hospital.""The first results are absolutely positive and really give us more insights in endometriosis symptomatology and how we should treat it. Moreover, it is great to see that the campaign has raised societal awareness of endometriosis. Mission completed!"
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