AGENDA

 

Future Activities:

2025:

  • TBA: Major event commemorating the 80th anniversary of the world's first succesful kidney dialysis using an artificial kidney by a team led by Dr. Kolff in the municipal hospital in the city of Kampen, the Netherlands (11 September, 1945). The patient, 67-year Maria Sofia Schafstadt, Dr. Kolff and his team make world history. Maria Schafstadt is the world's first kidney patient to survive a treatment with an artificial kidney. Millions of people around the world will benefit from this giant step in medical history.   
     

2024:


Past activities (summary):

2023:

  • 13-14 December: Participation 34th Workshop Nephrology of Radbud UMC with exhibition booth showing original equipment as well as replicas, documentation, photos and other paraphernalia pertaining to Dr. Kolff's work and life. The event took place at the Papendal Congress Center. For the programme (in Dutch), please click here
     
  • 8 December: This year's Maria ter Welle prize was awarded to Gerben van den Bosch (Radboud UMC, Nijmegen).
     
  • 9 - 10 September, Public Monuments day - with free entrance to Dr. Kolff's working place in the former hospital in the Hanseatic city of Kampen where he developed his ideas and the arificial kidney (Dr. Kolff Museum Room). Visiting address: Myosotis, Woonzorgcomplex, Engelenbergplantsoen 3, Kampen, the Netherlands.
     
  • 4 April: Major event commemorating the 80th anniversary of the world's first succesful kidney dialysis using an artificial kidney by a team led by Dr. Kolff in the municipal hospital in the city of Kampen, the Netherlands (4 April, 1943). The patient, 29-year old Janny Schrijver, lived for another four weeks before passing away following medical complications. 
    The celebration of the 80th anniversary will include the presentation of a documentary especially made for the occasion (Director: Jonathan Marks). Dr. Fokko Wieringa (IMEC) will meet with the mayor of the city of Kampen, Mr. Sander de Rouwe, together they will visit the historic site of Dr. Kolff's working place in the former city hospital which has been turned into a museum. The documentary also presents a Dutch member of the European Union Parliamentary Group for Kidney Health who will address the audience with a special message. Also American scientists, businesmen and Congressmen will be interviewed. A second leg of the celebration will take place in Eindhoven, the province of Dutch Brabant  where a symposium, '80 years dialysis: past, present, and perspectives', will enable researchers, enterpreneurs and patients to network. The event is being organized by the Dutch Kidney Foundation, the Willem Kolff Foundation and the IMEC.
     
  • 28 - 29 March: Dutch Nephrology Days, Veldhoven, the Netherlands. For the program and study and research abstracts, please click here. WKF board members Derk Meulman (chair) and Joop Offerman will participate on behalf of the WKF.
    WKF participation also includes the presentation of an exhibition booth with original equipment as well as replicas (1943, 1956 and 1964), documentation, photos and other paraphernalia pertaining to Dr. Kolff's work and life. 
     
  • 15 March: Panta Rhei Campen (PRC), Kampen, the Netherlands. Presentation covering the work of the Willem Kolff Foundation (WKF) and recent developments in the area of artificial organs, by Dr. J.J.G. Offerman (board member; nephrologist). 
      

2022:

  • 14 - 15 December: Workshop Nephrology - Radboud UMC. Exhibition booth with original equipment as well as replicas, documentation, photos and other paraphernalia pertaining to Dr. Kolff's work and life. 
  • 10 September: participation Public Monuments day, with free entrance to Dr. Kolff's working place in the former hospital in the Hanseatic city of Kampen where he developed his ideas and the arificial kidney (Dr. Kolff Museum Room). 
    Visiting address: Myosotis, Woonzorgcomplex, Engelenbergplantsoen 3, Kampen, the Netherlands.
  • 20 - 22 June: Dutch Nephrology Days, Veldhoven, the Netherlands. Presentation on behalf of the WKF on dr. Kolff in wartime (1940-1945) by John Jacobze (MD; WKF co-founder and board member); dr. J.J.G. Offerman (internist-nephrologist, board member WKF). Participation includes exhibition booth with original equipment as well as replicas (1943, 1956 and 1964), documentation, photos and other paraphernalia pertaining to Dr. Kolff's work and life. 
  • 24 March: Rotary Club, Kampen. Presentation on Dr. Kolff and the Willem Kolff Foundation by Prof. Ruud Bank (RUG; board member WKF).
  • 18 November: Maria ter Welle Prize 2021 (earlier postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic) awarded to Marjo van Helden (Nijmegen, the Netherlands).


2021

  • 11 September: Kampen, Open Monument Day. 
  • Visits to the Dr. Kolff Museum Room in the former municipal hospitial. 
  • Restricted public activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

2020

  • No public activities due to COVID-19 pandemic.

2019

  • Maria ter Welle Prize awarded to Trijntje Kok-Steenbergen (dietitian at UMC Groningen) and Magda van Loon (nursing specialist at Maastricht UMC+). †
  • 14 September: Kampen. Open Monument Day. 
  • Visits to the Kolff Museum Room in the former municipal hospital.

2018

  • 10 November, Kampen. Package 'Walk in the footsteps of doctor Kolff'. City walk from Kolff Archive to Kolff Museum Room, conducted by Herman Broers.
  • 3 November, West Frisian Gasthuis, Hoorn. 25th anniversary dialysis center West-Fries Gasthuis, Hoorn.exhibition 'Robot Kidney Saves Man Here'. lectures by Herman Broers.
  • 19 October, Hengelo. Ceremony naming Kolff Staete. with lecture by Herman Broers.
  • 12 October, CORPUS Leiden. Finale, Battle of the Universities. Science day with Kolff lecture.
  • 11 October, CORPUS Leiden. Willem Kolff Battle of the Universities 2018. Jubilee symposium.
  • 8 September, Kampen. Open Monument Day 10am-4pm. Visits to the Kolff Museum Room in the former municipal hospital.
  • 28 August, publication of new biography (by Herman Broers). The man who saved millions of lives. Doctor Willem Kolff 1911-2009.

2017

  • Maria ter Welle Prize awarded to Sophie Luderer (dietitian at the Canisius-Wilhelmina Hospital, Nijmegen).

2016

  • Maria ter Welle Prize awarded to Peter Janssen (dialysis nurse Maastricht University Medical Center).

2015

  • Maria ter Welle Innovation Prize awarded to Renske Karens (NL).

2014

  • Battle of the Universities 2014 (Eindhoven), in collaboration with the Dutch Kidney Foundation and 100 Years of Philips Research. Poster winner: Radboud UMC. Maria ter Welle Innovation Prize awarded to Noeleen Berkhout – Byrne (NL).

2013

  • Awarded Kolff Prize to H. David Humes.
  • Maria ter Welle Innovation Prize awarded to Paul Gundlach (NL).

2012

  • Maria ter Welle Innovation Prize awarded to Trudeke Struijk – Wielinga (NL).

2011

  • Opening exhibition: 'Kolff, Kunstnier, Kampen', in Municipal Museum Kampen/Stedelijk Museum Kampen (November 19, 2011 to January 15, 2012).
  • Awarded Kolff Prize to Prof. dr. Dr. H. Clevers.
  • First edition of the 'Battle of the Universities' (Leiden), a 24-hour competition between young researchers with the Van Noordwijk Stipendium as the starting point, in collaboration with the Kidney Foundation.
  • Poster winner 2011: Erasmus MC.

2010

  • Awarded Van Noordwijk Stipendium to Eline A. van Amerongen (Utrecht).

2009

  • Awarded Kolff Prize to Prof. dr. Dr. Donald B. Olsen.
  • Maria ter Welle Innovation Prize awarded to Jannie Smit (NL).

2008

  • Opening Kolff Museum Room. Location: Myosotis, Kampen.
  • Awarded Van Noordwijk Stipendium to Johannes P. van Dijk (Nijmegen).
    The Van Noordwijk Stipendium is named after the co-inventor of the artificial kidney, J. van Noordwijk.

2004

  • Awarded Kolff Prize to Prof. dr. Dr William H. Dobbele (posthumously).
  • Maria ter Welle Innovation Prize awarded to Judy Columbo (US).
  • Willem Kolff's last visit to Kampen. Inspects his bust, Engelenbergplantsoen 3, Kampen.

2003 Official creation of the Wilem Kolff Foundation, 9 May 2003, replacing the Foundation Prof. W. Kolff Institute (1996).

  • Awarded Kolff Prize to Prof. dr. Dr. Jacobus van Noordwijk.
  • Maria ter Welle Innovation Prize awarded to Heidemarie Alexander (Germany).
    The Maria ter Welle prize is named after Sister Maria ter Welle who worked with Dr Kolff during the first experimental phase of artificial kidney development.

2002

  • Awarded Kolff Prize to Prof. dr. dr. C.J.M. Hattinga-Verschure.

2001

  • Award of the Kolff Prize to Drs. A. Uncles.

2000

  • Awarded the Kolff Prize to Prof. Dr. G. Zilvold.

1999:

  • Kolff Prize awarded to Catherien Jansen.

1998

  • First award of the Kolff Prize to Ineke Wever.
    The Kolff Prize is an international prize for a person who has carried out groundbreaking research or has made a revolutionary invention.

1996: Official creation of the Foundation Prof. W. Kolff Institute 3 October 1996, predecessor of the Willem Kolff Foundation (2003)