Cluster 4: Central Management

Work Package 1 | Project Management

Vera Nies

Vera is a Program Manager at Lygature, in Utrecht, The Netherlands. She joined the RADAR-CNS Management Team in June 2018, and helps with the daily support of the Program Management. She is also involved in the Management of RADAR-AD (another program on RMT).
Vera studied Medical Biology at the Radboud University Nijmegen, in The Netherlands. During her studies, she went abroad twice for her internships, to University of Cádiz, Spain, and to the Salk Institute, USA. She holds a PhD in Molecular Metabolism from the State University Groningen (RUG), and gained experience in the pharmaceutical industry as a Regulatory Affairs Manager at Novartis.
Her scientific interests comprise (amongst others) metabolic health and disease, the immune system, and CNS disorders. In addition she is also interested in the interactions and dynamics between science, industry, the government and the general public. She enjoys being a Program Manager, because it provides the opportunity to support and to work together with people with different backgrounds and to learn something new every day. In addition she also likes to keep people engaged for a common goal and to stimulate innovation through collaboration.

Janneke Boere

Janneke is Program Manager at Lygature in Utrecht, the Netherlands, where she coordinates the management of several IMI projects. For RADAR-CNS she is responsible for day-to-day management of the overall consortium and monitoring of the project’s progress. She is also involved in the other ‘RADAR family’ project, RADAR-AD.
Janneke is a biomedical scientist by training. She studied Clinical Molecular Sciences at Maastricht University in the Netherlands, and Wild Animal Biology at the University of London in the UK. She started her career in the Drug Discovery Team of Sepracor Inc. (currently Sunovion Inc.) in Marlborough, USA; here she investigated new targets for innovative anti-depressant therapy. Later, she performed fundamental research in the fields of wild animal reproduction at the Zoological Society London (UK) and cancer biology at Maastro Lab in Maastricht (the Netherlands). In 2017, Janneke obtained her PhD degree from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Utrecht University & University Medical Center Utrecht in the Netherlands. For her PhD thesis she combined her background in veterinary and human medicine into a translational research project in the field of rheumatic diseases and regenerative medicine of the joint. Janneke’s current ambition is to recruit scientific knowledge, bring people together, facilitate, advise and organize in order to guide innovative science towards a clinical application.

Work Package 11 | Dissemination, Exploitation and Communication

Amy Edmunds
NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre

Amy is the Communications and Engagement Manager at the NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College London. Her role involves working alongside Lygature with the RADAR-CNS project on communications, including media relations, social media and managing the website and newsletter.
Amy has over 14 years’ experience working in communications, primarily in the third sector. She has led communications teams for a range of health and social care charities, most recently as Head of Communications for Together for Mental Wellbeing, a charity delivering a wide range of mental health services across the UK. Amy is covering this role until January 2020 while Alex Booth is on maternity leave.

Yoanna Daskalova

Yoanna is a Project Communications Manager at Lygature in Utrecht, The Netherlands. She is part of the RADAR-CNS project communications team. Together with King’s College London she is responsible for delivering communication materials such as newsletters, flyers, project slide decks; coordinating and providing project news and updates for the website and social media channels of the project; and managing the overall communications, promotions and disseminations.

Yoanna has experience with communications and marketing, project coordination and management of multi-stakeholder projects of the EU and the Council of Europe on topics spanning Human Rights education, prevention of Human Trafficking and fostering of Gender Equality and Social Inclusion of disabled and disadvantaged people. She holds MA in International Relations and has specific interests in mental health and the improvement of global health through technological innovation.