Pauline Heus graduated as optometrist and orthoptist from the Hogeschool Utrecht in 2001. From 2001 until 2014 she worked at the ophthalmology department of Medical Centre Alkmaar. As a board member of the Dutch Optometric Association (Optometristen Vereniging Nederland, OVN), with quality of optometric care as main area of focus, Pauline actively contributed to the profession of optometry in the Netherlands (2006-2014). She was also editor of the Dutch Optometric Journal Visus (2005-2012) and board member of the Kwaliteitsregister Paramedici (2010-2012). She participates in the committee of the OVN responsible for the quality standards of optometric care in the Netherlands.
Pauline obtained a master’s degree in Evidence Based Practice (with distinction) at the University of Amsterdam in 2010. In 2011 she started working at Cochrane Netherlands (hosted by the Julius Center since 2014), where she contributes to systematic reviews and evidence based syntheses. She is also involved in teaching evidence based medicine and providing support to authors of (Cochrane) systematic reviews. Pauline is member of the Cochrane Bias Methods Group and the international GRADE Working Group.
In addition, Pauline is a PhD candidate at the Julius Center. Her research focuses on methodology of complex systematic reviews (e.g. prognostic systematic reviews) and she is supervised by prof. dr. K.G.M. Moons, prof. dr. R.J.P.M. Scholten, dr. L. Hooft and dr. J.B. Reitsma.