Meet The Team

Executive Lead

PD Dr. med. Christian Stoppe

Dr. Stoppe is a consultant for the Department of Intensive Care Medicine at the University Hospital RWTH Aachen and the Executive Lead of 3CARE.

As a member of the NutritionCSX-network he is fully committed to his research in intensive care patients.

Head of Research & Development

Dr. rer. medic. Carina Benstöm

Dr. Benstöm is the Head of Research & Development of 3CARE at the University Hospital RWTH Aachen. This is complemented by her position as Research Group Leader for systematic reviews and meta-analysis in the Department of Intensive Care Medicine.

Her research focus is on standardizing clinical endpoints for interventional clinical studies. As a Cochrane author, she has special knowledge in the field of clinical research methodology, systematic reviews, meta-analysis and evidence evaluation.

Head of Operations

Elena Laaf, M.Sc.

Mrs. Laaf is the Head of Operations of 3CARE at the University Hospital RWTH Aachen.

Her research focus is the optimization of the clinical study processes and management: starting with a research idea, ending up with a high quality clinical study.

Clinical Scientist

Dr. med. Aileen Hill

Dr. Hill is resident in the Departments of Intensive Care Medicine and Anaesthesiology at the University Hospital RWTH Aachen. She completed her doctoral thesis on pump less extracorporeal oxygenation as artificial lung for neonates in the Neonatology Section of the Department of Paediatric and Adolescent Medicine at the University Hospital in Cooperation with the Helmholtz Institute of the RWTH Aachen.

As clinical research fellow at 3CARE she focuses on pre- and postoperative nutrition interventions in cardiac surgery patients.

Clinical Scientist

Dr. med. Julia Ney

Dr. Ney is a fellow clinical scientist from the Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine at the University Hospital RWTH Aachen.

Her research focuses on clinical studies incorporating preconditioning, nutrition and postoperative outcome in cardiac surgery patients.

 

Clinical Scientist

Kai Claus Clasen

Mr. Clasen is a resident at the Department of Anaesthesiology and the Department of Intensive Care Medicine at the University Hospital RWTH Aachen and a clinician scientist at 3CARE. He is currently completing his doctoral thesis “Can previous training specifically improve the empathy behaviour of medical students in a doctor-patient conversation? A prospective, randomized, video based study.”

His research focus is on nutrition / supplementation. He frequently works for the Centre for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) and diving medicine Euregio Aachen, as a pre-hospital emergency doctor and an instructor in the field of emergency medicine.

Clinical Scientist

Christina Neubauer

Ms. Neubauer is a fellow clinical scientist from the Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine at the University Hospital RWTH Aachen. Her research focuses on clinical studies incorporating preconditioning, nutrition and postoperative outcome in cardiac surgery patients.

Research Associate, Systematic Reviews

Kelly Waagmeester, M.Sc.

Ms. Waagmeester studied Laboratory Animal Science at the RWTH Aachen and is the newest member of 3CARE. As master thesis, she performed a systematic review titeled: 

Experimental in vivo and in vitro models of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO): A systematic Review. 
In our department she works on systematic reviews and she will support our team with various projects. 

Project Manager

Sebastian Wendt, M. Sc.

Mr. Wendt studied Biotechnology at the RWTH Aachen and is now a project manager at 3CARE and the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.

He is currently completing his doctoral thesis, which focuses on extracellular vesicles and their impact in cardiovascular diseases.

Project Manager

Julia Krieger, B.A.

Ms. Krieger studied Health Economics at the Hochschule Fresenius in Cologne and is now a project manager at 3CARE.

In addition, she supports the quality management as quality representative (TÜV Rheinland).

Statistician

Dipl. Stat. Christina Fitzner

Mrs. Fitzner is the responsible statistician of 3CARE at the University Hospital of RWTH Aachen. This is complemented by supporting the Department of Anaesthesiology in the planning, conducting and analyzing clinical studies.

Based on years of continuous cooperation with several medical researchers, her biometric knowledge covers a broad spectrum of statistical methods.