Building the Future of Health

Daan Kromhout
Universitair Medisch Centrum Groningen

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In 2005 Daan was appointed professor of Public Health Research at Wageningen University and vice-president of the Health Council of the Netherlands. In 2009 he was awarded Academy professor of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences for the period 2010-2014. Daan’s reseach is focused on diet, lifestyle and cardiovascular diseases and he made seminal contributions to nutritional epidemiology and preventive cardiology in highly cited publications. He is also interested in translation of research to health policy as exemplified by his position in the Health Council.

From 1988 to 2005 he held various positions at the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) in Bilthoven, for example head of the Center for Epidemiology, director of the Public Health Research Division and director of the Nutrition and Consumer Safety Division. He was RIVM professor of Public Health Research at Wageningen University from 1994 to 2005 and Nutrition Foundation professor of Nutrition and epidemiology at Leiden University from 1984 to 1994. He was assistant and associate professor at the Institute of Social Medicine of Leiden University from 1977 to 1988.

Daan (1950) graduated as human nutrition expert from Wageningen Universtity in 1974, and obtained his PhD there in 1978. His thesis was about risk factors of cardiovascular disease in schoolchildren. In 1981 he became Master of Public Health from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA.

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