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H. Snieder, PhD

Harold Snieder
Harold Snieder

Harold Snieder is a genetic epidemiologist specialized in cardiovascular disease, obesity and type 2 diabetes. Since 1 November 2006 he heads the Unit of Genetic Epidemiology and Bioinformatics within the Department of Epidemiology, University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG). He has an MSc in exercise physiology and psychology from the Vrije Universiteit (Free University), Amsterdam, The Netherlands. His PhD project ‘Genetic epidemiology of risk factors of cardiovascular disease. A study of middle-aged twins’ was supervised by Lorenz van Doornen (psychophysiology) and Dorret Boomsma (behavior genetics) at the same university and completed in 1996. In that same year he moved to London, UK where he joined Tim Spector’s group at the Twin Research & Genetic Epidemiology Unit, St. Thomas’ Hospital studying the genetic epidemiology of common complex traits using linkage and association approaches with a main focus on cardiovascular disease. In October 2000 he moved to the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia where he joined the Georgia Prevention Institute to study genetic risk factors in interaction with behavioral and environmental antecedents of cardiovascular disease in youth. He was awarded tenure on the 1st of July 2005 and received a joint appointment at the department of Biostatistics on December 1, 2005. His work has been funded by the British and American Heart Foundation, The Wellcome Trust, the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institute of Health and the European Union. He has published more than 350 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He is a regular reviewer for funding agencies such as NIH and NWO and for journals such as Circulation, Hypertension, Diabetes and Psychosomatic Medicine.

Text of inaugural lecture, April 15th, 2008 (in Dutch)

Powerpoint presentation of inaugural lecture

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