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Thijs Westerbeek van Eerten

Even as a child I’ve always been the kind of boy who would take an alarm clock apart, just to see inside. I want to know how things work and why, what makes them tick so-to-speak. When I grew up that fascination never left me and gave me a keen interest in all things technological, medical and biological. And I still want to know first and foremost the ‘how?’ of a story, while most journalists are more concerned with the standard formula of ‘who? what? where? when?’

In 1985, I graduated from the Free University in Amsterdam; uncharacteristically I studied French language and literature.  I then had the good fortune to run into a man who recognised my voice as a ‘radio voice’. He told me a voice was needed at Radio Netherlands Worldwide to read the news. I applied for the job and entered the world of broadcasting.  

Over the years it became apparent in editorial meetings that usually I was the one to come up with science stories. Or, if they happened to pop-up, I knew how to deal with them. So it was only natural that I got the position of science editor when my predecessor retired. Since that time Radio Netherlands developed into a multi-media organisation. Apart from radio presenter and reporter I became video producer, TV presenter and writer for the web, keeping the focus on science as my subject.

More recently, writing for gives me a chance to further expand my international contacts. Also I firmly believe science should transcend national boundaries. It makes for better science, and it gives more people a chance to benefit from it.

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01 Apr 2014
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A new DNA-test can help find the right dose for blood thinners against thrombosis. But is it ready yet for standard clinical practice?

25 Mar 2014
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A new DNA-test serves as an accurate diagnostic for blood thinners during thrombosis treatment. But it will need to demonstrate cost-effectiveness to enter the market.

25 Mar 2014
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Health claims and symbols on food products could have a positive impact on public health. But there’s no clear view yet on what works best. 

07 Mar 2014
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A cocktail of ingredients containing omega-3 fatty acid found in fish oil is being tested in patients with mild cognitive impairment as a means to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s dementia down

17 Feb 2014