Edith JM Feskens, WU

Dr Edith JM Feskens



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Role and contribution

Dr Feskens leads Research Line 2 of this project and makes specific scientific contributions to workpackages 2.1,2.2,2.3 and 2.4.


Scientific profile

Dr. Feskens has 18 years of research experience in nutritional epidemiology and epidemiology of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome as demonstrated in 165 international peer-reviewed papers and a similar number of other publications. She obtained her MSc in Human Nutrition at the Wageningen University in 1987, and her PhD in Epidemiology at Leiden University in 1991. Until summer 2005 she worked at the National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) and she was principal investigator of the Maastricht cohort, part of the Dutch contribution to the EPIC-study and co-ordinator of the Zutphen Elderly Study, the Dutch contribution to Seven Countries Study. Now, she is Associated Professor at the Wageningen University, working on the same cohorts as before, and also supervising dietary intervention studies. She was Head of the unit of Cardiovascular and Diabetes Epidemiology at the Centre for Chronic Disease Epidemiology of the RIVM in the period 1993-2000, comprising 10-15 researchers, and since then Programme Director of large RIVM-project on ‘Nutrition, Genetic susceptibility and CVD' at the Centre for Nutrition and Health and Laboratory for Toxicology, Pathology and Genetics. Until now she has supervised 19 PhD-students towards completion of their theses and supervised 9 post-docs. She has obtained research grants from the Netherlands Heart Foundation, the Netherlands Organisation of Scientific Research, the Netherlands Diabetes Research Foundation and the EU. She has been board member of the Working Group on Epidemiology and Prevention of the European Society of Cardiology; board member of the Diabetes and Nutrition Study Group of the EASD; board member of the International Epidemiology Association/European Group; scientific secretary of the IEA Regional Meeting, Perspectives on Epidemiology in Europe, The Hague 1995; board member of the Netherlands Epidemiological Society, and chair of the Netherlands Diabetes Epidemiology Study Group. Since 1996 she has been as member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Netherlands Heart Foundation.

Currently she is a member of the National Health Council Committee on Revision of Recommended Dietary Allowances with respect to Dietary Fibre (2003-2005) and Guidelines for a Healthy Diet (2004-2006). She is a member of the Steering Committee of the Centre for Human Nutrigenomics (Netherlands). She is also a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of ILSI, International Life Sciences Institute, Europe, a nonprofit, worldwide foundation to advance the understanding of scientific issues relating to nutrition, food safety, toxicology, risk assessment, and the environment.