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University Medical Center Groningen

Lifestyle medicine in obesity & diabetes


Conducting human observational and intervention studies to investigate the impact of lifestyle, physical activity and nutrition on obesity and cardiometabolic health.



- GECKO Drenthe birth cohort (

- LifeLines (

Research in physical activity

  • Physical activity and activity patterns in relation to the development of obesity (GECKO Drenthe cohort NL, PATH study China, Dutch Twin cohort)
  • Physical activity and the development of cardiometabolic diseases, including fatty liver, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease (LifeLines cohort, PREVEND cohort, TRAILS cohort)

Research in nutrition

  • To develop a score for diet quality (together with prof. D. Kromhout, prof. G. Navis) in adults and children
  • Diet quality and dietary patterns in relation to the development of obesity (GECKO Drenthe cohort)

Lifestyle interventions

  • Active Care after Transplantation: lifestyle intervention after renal transplantation ( )

Senior staff
Name Title e-mail address Topic
Eva Corpeleijn (unit chair) Associate professor Lifestyle and metabolism
Ronald Stolk Professor Clinical Epidemiology
Daan Kromhout Professor Nutrition
Dorien Zelle Post doc in collaboration with Dept. of Nephrology Lifestyle medicine in renal transplant patients
Coby Eelderink Post doc Nutrition
PhD fellows Collaboration
Oyuntugs ByamBasukh Mongolian Government, GSMS Body composition and health over the life course
Silvia Brouwer In collaboration with Hanze University of Applied Sciences Lifestyle in renal patients.
Gerald Klaassen Lifestyle in renal patients Lifestyle in renal patients
Congchao Lu In collaboration with Tianjin Medical University Physical activity and health in Chinese and Dutch children.
Anne Looijmans GGZ Friesland, RGoC Effects of lifestyle in psychiatry
Maryse Osté Nephrology Diet and health in kidney patients
Petra Vinke Nephrology Dietary patterns and health
Rikstje Wiersma Movement Sciences Physical activity in young children
Last modified:20 March 2019 3.50 p.m.