Rik Olde Engberink has been awarded the Junior Kolff grant of 225,000 euros from the Dutch Kidney Foundation to perform research into chronic kidney disease.

The Junior Kolff grant from the Dutch Kidney Foundation enables Rik Olde Engberink, researcher and resident in the Internal Medicine - Nephrology department, to contiune his research into sodium homeostasis in chronic kidney disease. With the recently awarded Junior Kolff grant of 225.000 euros, Engberink and colleagues will define the role of skin sodium accumulation in chronic kidney disease. Skin sodium content will be measured with sodium-MRI. They will assess whether skin sodium accumulation affects long-term renal and cardiovascular health, and investigate how skin sodium content can be modulated with diet or medication.

The sodium receiver coil for body imaging on the 7 Tesla MRI scanner that will be used in this project was previously purchased by the Nephrology department after obtaining the ACS equipment grant in 2019.  

In 2019 Rik Olde Engberink also received the Clinical Scientist Dekker grant from the Dutch Heart Foundation and the PhD student grant from the Dutch Kidney Foundation.