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D.e. Grobbee

Cardiovascular Epidemiology
University Medical Center Utrecht


Diederick Grobbee is Professor of Clinical Epidemiology at the University Medical Center Utrecht and was appointed University Professor International Health Sciences and Global Health in 2010. In 1996 he founded the Julius Center and served as its director for 14 years. He is Chief Scientific Officer of Julius Clinical Research, ltd. He obtained an MD at the Utrecht University and a PhD in Epidemiology at Erasmus University, Rotterdam. After a residency in Internal Medicine, he was appointed Associate Professor and subsequently full Professor of Clinical Epidemiology at Erasmus University. He was a Visiting Associate Professor at Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, and is Visiting Professor at the University of Sydney. He is a fellow of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences and chair of its Medical Section and its Medical Advisory Committee, board member of the Netherlands Heart Foundation and board member of the Academic Alliance for Clinical Trials. He is a past president of the Netherlands Epidemiological Association. At Utrecht University he directs the MSc program “Epidemiology”. Diederick Grobbee has been on the editorial board of several journals and (inter)national scientific, search and site-visit committees. He is Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation.SInce 2012 he is chairman of the Center for Circulatory Health at the University Medical Center Utrecht

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Diederick Grobbee has been a (principal) investigator in many large scale epidemiologic studies and randomized trials of interventions for the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases. His experience covers the full range of epidemiologic study designs including trials, cohorts and case-control studies. Topics include hypertension, diabetes, risk factors in children and youngsters, coronary heart disease, women’s health, cardiovascular ageing, heart failure and non-invasive vascular imaging. In addition to research on drugs he examined the cardiovascular effects of various nutrients and dietary factors in cohort studies and trials. Apart from his interest in cardiovascular disease he has worked on the theoretical principles and methods of diagnostic and prognostic research. Most recently he initiated a global platform for educational exchange, ( which he serves as the non-executive director and chair. Rick Grobbee is listed in the top 100 global most influential biomedical researchers (Eur J Clin Invest. 2013 Dec;43(12):1339-65).He supervised over 135 PhD fellows and published more than 1100 scientific papers, chapters and books. Number of international citations (Web of Science) 53731. Hirsch: h = 114.

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