Kim Van Daalen
Kim has a BSc in Biomedical Sciences (graduated with honors) combined with an additional interdisciplinary BSc honors program from the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands. She did part of a MSc in Cancer, Stem Cells & Developmental Biology (not completed) combined with an interdisciplinary MSc honors program focused at social innovation/entrepreneurship at the University of Utrecht. After this she decided to conduct a MPhil in Public Health at the University of Cambridge. Currently she is conducting a PhD in Global Public Health as a Gates Cambridge Scholar at the University of Cambridge.
Kim’s PhD research is currently focusing on the environmental risk factors for cardiovascular disease in South Asia. Previously she worked on a variety of topics from the interaction between zoonotic bacteria with amoeba to the development of bladder organoids and the representation of health in climate change policy. Her research interests are mostly focused on i) the interaction between the environment, climate change and global health ii) health inequalities. During her studies she has always dedicated her time to work for international non-profit organizations including the International Federation of Medical Student’s Associations (IFMSA) as an executive at a local level and national in both the Netherlands and the United Kingdom and at an international level as part of the European Regional Team responsible for Public Health. She represented the IFMSA in diverse delegations, wrote several policy statements and diverse manuals and was responsible for delivering/organizing sessions and workshops. She has also been part of the Universities Allied for Essential Medicine, UNFCCC YOUNGO and diverse other organizations to make and advocate for change according to the values that drive her– the right to healthcare, equality, peace and a safe & healthy environment. She founded several initiatives as the Peoples’ Climate March in 2017 and Healthy Planet Cambridge. Recently she gave TEDx Youth Talk on health as a positive narrative for climate change action.
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