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How to find us M.L.A. (Marlou) de Kroon

Research interests

I am a Public Health Care physician and epidemiologist and have a passion for research on Life Cycle Public Health and DOHaD. In 2011 I defended my PhD thesis: ‘The Terneuzen Birth Cohort. Detection and prevention of overweight and cardiometabolic risk from infancy onward’. I continued this work by obtaining a TOP Prevention Grant (ZONMW) in order to develop dynamic prediction tools within GenerationR and the PIAMA-cohort to be implemented within Preventive Child Health Care. Additionally, I obtained several other grants on and/or are involved in other research topics, including 'Early life stress in preterm born children', 'HP4All', 'Transgenerational socio-economic health differences (TRANSSES)', Exposome and microbial pathways of growth and developmental problems', 'eHealth Preterm born children'. I aim at the translation of scientific evidence into Preventive Child Health Care practices in collaboration with child health care professionals, the academic collaborative centers and other partners. Currently, I supervise 6 PhD students. I give lectures and educate bachelor and master students.


Adolescents' mental health problems increase after parental divorce, not before, and persist until adulthood: a longitudinal TRAILS study

Alternative pediatric metabolic syndrome definitions impact prevalence estimates and socioeconomic gradients

Attainment of smiling and walking in infancy associates with developmental delays at school entry in moderately-late preterm children: a community-based cohort study

The Habitual Diet of Dutch Adult Patients with Eosinophilic Esophagitis Has Pro-Inflammatory Properties and Low Diet Quality Scores

Addressing sickness absence among adolescents and young adults: an evaluation of the Medical Advice for Sick-reported Students intervention

Development and use of a scale to assess gender differences in appraisal of mistreatment during childbirth among Ethiopian midwifery students

Development of a Prediction Model to Identify Children at Risk of Future Developmental Delay at Age 4 in a Population-Based Setting

Development of a prediction model to target screening for high blood pressure in children

Dynamic prediction model to identify young children at high risk of future overweight: Development and internal validation in a cohort study

Feasibility of Live-Performed Music Therapy for Extremely and Very Preterm Infants in a Tertiary NICU

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