PhD defence for three Italians


Until Wednesday 2 June, it had never occurred in the history of Maastricht University: a PhD defence for three researchers at the same time. Let alone all of them being Italian. And all three did their research on the relationship between nutrition and cardiovascular diseases. Augusto Di Castelnuovo found that the expectation of death resulting from these diseases diminishes by 20 percent through drinking two glasses of red wine every day. Romina di Giuseppe showed that this beneficial effect comes from the combination of alcohol and antioxidants in red wine. And finally, Emanuela Napoleone revealed that the antioxidants prevent the forming of tissue in the blood vessels.

So why did the Italians choose for Maastricht? Two reasons, says their supervisor, emeritus professor Coen Hemker. “First,because of the good relationship between myself and their professor at the Nu Re Artu Institut in Campobasso. And second, in Italy it’s not possible to take a doctoral degree if you’re already an MD, a medical doctor.”

Two weeks ago, another unique PhD defence took place at the Minderbroedersberg: the whole ceremony for legal expert Yves Didier Tiebley, from the Ivory Coast, was held in French. His dissertation is entitled La Côte d’Ivoire et la gestion durable des ressources naturelles marines.


Maurice Timmermans

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