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Klokhuis Science Award for children: Second place for research on fear of needles

Published: 11th November 2021 Last updated: 11th November 2021

Yesterday, the winner of the Klokhuis Science Award 2021 was announced. 'Het Klokhuis' is a famous children’s TV Show and this prize focuses on scientific research that is relevant and interesting for elementary school children. Our nominee Dr. Elisabeth Huis in 't Veld (TSHD) just missed out on the prize: her research into needlestick anxiety came in second. Of course we are very proud of this achievement! In addition, Omroep Brabant paid attention to the research on a number of occasions. With this Elisabeth hopes to have reached many children and helped them to overcome their fear of needles.

Elisabeth Huis in 't Veld: “At least 60% of children are afraid of injections. It is not yet known exactly where this fear comes from and what you can do about it. Many people - including children - are a bit ashamed of it. So for me it was very nice and important that attention was paid to my research. I hope that I can help even more children overcome their fear of needles.”

The winning research is from Utrecht's scientists Dr. Marion Sommers-Spijkerman en Dr. Anita Beelen and is about how to deal with one of your parents having ALS. A very important subject: congratulations! 

If you want to know more about Elisabeth's research and the AINAR app that she is developing, read this article.