On May 12th, 2023, prof. dr. Simon Mooijaart of the LUMC presented his inaugural lecture in the Academiegebouw in Leiden. The focus of his lecture was to foster interdisciplinary “bench to bedside” approaches for patient-centered elderly care. It is key to prioritize and maintain quality of life during treatments, preferably even in the home environment, by using fitting treatment plans and involving the community. This should also help to counter rising treatment costs and nursing staff shortages.
Professor Mooijaart, or “hoogleraar” in Dutch, specializes in geriatric internal medicine. He is involved in a wide range of projects, involving quality emergency and hospitalized care at the end of the lifecourse. Recently, he has spearheaded a new interdisciplinary group for old age medicine, the LCO, aimed at integrating healthcare for elderly “without levels” and preserving independence and quality of life. He also co-chairs our LEGend board and is a member of several research consortia.