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Cirion Foundation

the impact of infectious diseases

Stefanie van Opstal

Stefanie van Opstal (1984) studied Occupational Therapy at the University of Applied Sciences in Rotterdam and Medical Anthropology and Sociology at the University of Amsterdam. After graduating in 2010, she worked as a lecturer in Occupational Therapy and as a researcher at the University of Applied Sciences in Rotterdam, Centre of Knowledge Innovations in Care. Since 2012 she is involved in the TREVI-research project of the Erasmus Medical Center and the Sophia ChildrenÂ’s Hospital. She focusses on consequences of HIV on the cognitive functioning and the ability to fully participate in live. She investigates the cognitive development in children with a perinatal acquired HIV-infecting and their daily functioning at school. For adults, she investigates the experiences of late-presenters at their workplace, during and after the period they were diagnosed.