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Personal profile

Research interests

I am an epidemiologist and senior researcher with the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Amsterdam UMC location VUmc.

I lead a small but ambitious centre of expertise on environmental determinants of physical activity, dietary behaviours and chronic disease riskin adults: 'the Upstream Team'. 

My research interests are in the individual and environmental determinants of lifestyle behaviours and chronic disease risk, in particular how they can be measured, how they interact and how they can be changed.

I obtained my PhD in 2011 with the thesis 'Efforts to prevent diabetes and cardiovascular diseases in primary care'. Before that I studied physiotherapy (University of Utrecht, finished 2002), Health science (VU University, finished 2004) and a two-year master Public Health Research (VU University, completed 2006).

As project leader I finished an NDF-funded research project focusing on the implementation of environmental changes to improve lifestyle behaviours in residents of underprivileged neighbourhoods. I coordinated SPOTLIGHT, an EU-FP7 funded project focusing on the sustainable prevention of obesity through integrated strategies. This project involved a consortium of 13 partners across 8 European countries.

I co-managed the Determinants of diet and physical activity knowledge hub (DEDIPAC KH) which was led by Prof. J. Brug. The DEDIPAC KH  consisted of about 300 researchers from multiple disciplines, originating from 68 research institutes across 13 European countries. It facilitated the integration and development of an infrastructure for research on determinants of diet and physical activity.

In the summer of 2017 we started a big national study on preventing cardiometabolic risk through nudging healthy eating and physical activity in supermarkets and through m-health (Supreme Nudge, please see projects or its dedicated website for more information).

Other projects we are currently running include ENDEAVOR, a project focusing on environmental determinants of lifestyle behaviors and risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, and the JOGG evaluation for the province of Drenthe. In addition, together with Sanquin Donor Studies we are exploring the upstream determinants of lifestyle behaviours and donor blood quality.

We are just funded to set up the Policy Evaluation Network (PEN), a JPI similar to DEDIPAC but with a focus on identifying, benchmarking and evaluating policies related to dietary behaviours, physical activity and sedentary behaviours. I serve as vice-coordinator of this network, for which a total funding amount of about 4M Euros has been secured.

Take a look at our projects, the Upstream Team, and latest publications.

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Research Output 2008 2020

Adherence to a food group-based dietary guideline and incidence of prediabetes and type 2 diabetes

den Braver, N. R., Rutters, F., van der Spek, A. L. J. K., Ibi, D., Looman, M., Geelen, A., Elders, P., van der Heijden, A. A., Brug, J., Lakerveld, J., Soedamah-Muthu, S. S. & Beulens, J. W. J., 1 Jan 2019, In : European Journal of Nutrition.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access

Associations of neighbourhood safety with leisure-time walking and cycling in population subgroups: The HELIUS study

Timmermans, E. J., Veldhuizen, E. M., Mäki-Opas, T., Snijder, M. B., Lakerveld, J. & Kunst, A. E., 2019, In : Spatial and Spatio-temporal Epidemiology. 100300.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Comparing different residential neighborhood definitions and the association between density of restaurants and home cooking among dutch adults

Matias de Pinho, MG., Mackenbach, JD., Charreire, H., Oppert, J. M., Rutter, H., Beulens, JWJ., Brug, J. & Lakerveld, J., 1 Aug 2019, In : Nutrients. 11, 8, 1796.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access

Contextual correlates of dietary behaviours in adults across Europe

Matias de Pinho, M. G., 2019, 258 p.

Research output: ThesisResearch VU University Amsterdam, graduation VU University AmsterdamAcademic

Open Access