Background and activities

As a medical doctor, Hester Berger investigates a treatment option for neonatal brain injury using multimodal MR techniques.


Hester is a PhD student working at the department of Laboratory Medicine, Children's and Women's Health under supervision of PhD, Prof. dr. Ann-Mari Brubakk and Prof. Ursula Sonnewald. Part of the PhD project will include teaching pediatrics to medical students.

Current research project

The aim of my PhD project is to examine the treatment effect of a potential neuroprotective agent for neonatal brain injury in a well established animal model. By using multimodal MR techniques the short and long-term effects on brain development will be monitored and special biomarkers for brain injury will be evaluated.


  • 2009-2012 Master of science in Medicine, VUmc Amsterdam, The  Netherlands       
  • 2006-2009 Bachelor of science in Medicine, VUmc Amsterdam, The Netherlands   
  • 2005          Certificates in physics, chemistry and biology, James Boswell Instituut, Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • 2004-2008 Bachelor of science in Educational sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Scientific, academic and artistic work

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database

Journal publications