Alien van der Sluis
My dream is for every child to grow up in a healthy and stimulating environment. I am contributing as a boundary researcher, bringing together scientific, professional and experiential knowledge. I am experienced in design-based research approaches and have co-developed several interventions on stimulating active healthy lifestyle and self-regulation of children and adolescents from within the school context. Currently, my work consists of developing and evaluating Tijd voor Toekomst (Time for Future), a program for enriched schooldays for children in the province of Groningen with the ambition to create equal chances for growing up healthy and with a promising future. I have a PhD in Human Movement Sciences and work as a senior researcher for the Institute for Sport Sciences at the Hanzehogeschool.
I am a senior researcher at the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (The Hague) and Honorary Professor in “Mortality and Longevity” at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences. My research is at the interplay of Demography, Public Health and Geography. I focus on examining the role of health-related lifestyle factors (smoking, alcohol, obesity) in shaping mortality differences (e.g. between sexes, countries/regions) and mortality trends, and use this information to improve mortality forecasts. Currently I am leading a VICI project in which I focus on socio-economic inequalities in mortality, and how they will, realistically, further develop into the future.
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Graduated in medicine at the University of Antwerp, Belgium in 2003. Obtained a PhD at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands in 2007 on Atrial Fibrillation, Underlying Disease and Prognosis. I completed my cardiology training at the University Medical Center Groningen in 2012, where continued working as clinical cardiologist and researcher. I was awarded with a NWO Rubicon grant in 2009 and went to Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital and the Framingham Heart Study for a post-doc on population genetics and epidemiology in 2010-2011. In 2012 I was awarded with the NWO Veni grant for his project on genetics of atrial fibrillation. In 2015 I received the European Society of Cardiology academic grant for his project on a big data approach in atrial fibrillation. I am work package leader of 4 large national consortia; RACE V (hypercoagulability and AF progression), RED-CVD (early detection of cardiovascular disease in general practices), AI (catalyzing the application of artificial intelligence in CV disease), and MyDigiTwin (Big-data and Artificial Intelligence-based ecosystem to create a user’s personal “Digital Twin”). I am steering committee member of several investigator-initiated clinical studies (RACE 2 to 7, MARC 1-2, VIP-HF, DECISION). I am fellow of the European Society of Cardiology and the American Heart Association, and Scientific & Clinical Education Lifelong Learning Committee (SCILL) member of the AHA - Genomics and Precision Medicine council.
I combine clinical cardiology focusing on treatment of patients with arrhythmias, with clinical-oriented research. My research consists of conducting clinical studies to improve AF treatment, studying epidemiology of AF and its risk factors in PREVEND, Lifelines and Framingham Heart Study, uncovering the genetics of atrial fibrillation in part with the international AFGen consortium, and applying novel bioinformatics tools to improve AF risk prediction.
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