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Mierau, Prof. Jochen

Jochen Mierau
Jochen Mierau

Jochen Mierau is a Professor of Economics of Public Health and researches health inequalities. ‘It is a known fact that people in various groups differ from one another when it comes to health. These groups are based, for instance, on region, socioeconomic position, education, or income. I research how these differences arise and which mechanisms contribute to this. In addition, I teach students and professionals in order for this knowledge to grow.’

Mierau established the foundation of the Aletta Jacobs School of Public Health (AJSPH) in 2016 and served as scientific director until summer 2022. Since 1 July 2022, he has been scientific director at the northern data and biobank Lifelines.

Lifelines is the largest data and biobank in the Netherlands. More than 167,000 Dutch people have voluntarily provided insight into their health over the past 15 years. In doing so, we provide answers to today’s questions, increase knowledge about diseases, and map the impact of diseases in real time.

During the coronavirus crisis, Mierau was one of the experts asked by the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport to advise on corona policy. Mierau is also one of the initiators of the LifeLines coronavirus study. This was to provide a picture of the COVID-19 virus, risk factors for serious symptoms, and the psychological consequences of the pandemic.

Mierau is critical of societal health inequalities. His proposal to include health targets in the law have been supported by doctors’ organization KNMG and 70 other organizations. Furthermore, Mierau advocates a reform of the healthcare system.

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