Suzanne Voorrips started working as a physician-scientist in the cardiology department in the spring of 2020, after receiving her medical degree. She dedicates her PhD project to finding new ways to improve exercise performance in patients with heart failure. One of her main projects is the KETONE-HF project, under supervision of Daan Westenbrink and Peter van der Meer. Suzanne combines her medical career with a professional career as a middle-distance athlete, which so far resulted in winning three national titles on the 800 meter and qualifying for the European Championships.
Suzanne will test whether sports drinks containing ketones or drugs that stimulate ketone production can function as a cardiac super fuel to improve exercise performance in patients with heart failure.
Harnessing the power of ketones
MITOchondrial therapy to increase cardiac FORCE and enhance exercise performance