The team at Amsterdam UMC is based within the Department of Epidemiology & Data Science, also known as the ‘Upstream Team’ ( They lead pioneering research into the environmental determinants of lifestyle behaviors and chronic disease outcomes across all stages of life.

Master in Public Health Student of the Europubhealth+ Erasmus Mundus Program

She embarked on her academic journey with a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, nurturing a keen interest in exploring health and disease associations at a population level.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, she gained valuable experience in infection prevention and control auditing in long-term care homes and assisted living for older adults, igniting her passion for gerontology research. Her focus shifted towards investigating how the built environment impacts older adults with auditory and physical disabilities in terms of social integration and health outcomes.

Recipient of the Erasmus Mundus Excellence Scholarship, she participated in the Europubhealth+ MPH program, completing her first year in Granada, Spain, at the Escuela Andaluza de Salud Pública and her second year specializing in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the École des Hautes Études en Santé Publique in Paris, France.

Currently interning with Amsterdam University Medical Center, she conducts research on built environment characteristics and their associations with multimorbidity and quality of life in older adults as part of the STAGE-EU project.


Postdoctoral researcher

Bram is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Epidemiology and Data Science within the section of Lifestyle and Chronic Disease Epidemiology at the Amsterdam University Medical Center in the Netherlands. He earned his PhD degree in Population Health from the Obesity Research Unit at the University of Helsinki in Finland in 2021.

His doctoral thesis delved into physical activity, eating behaviors, and sleep patterns in genetically identical adult twin pairs with differing body mass index (BMI). Following his PhD, his research has centered on exploring the genetic risk factors for obesity, lifestyle behaviors, and 36-year BMI trajectories in twins.

Currently, Bram’s research focuses on examining the obesogenic environment and its correlation with demographic factors, lifestyle behaviors, and obesity. Additionally, he is involved in projects investigating the relationship between the built environment and active transportation, type II diabetes, and healthy aging, including multimorbidity and quality of life.

Bram is an active member of the EASO Early Career Network board and the Exposome-NL Young Investigator Committee.


Associate professor
Jeroen has a research group which focuses on environmental determinants of lifestyle behaviours and chronic disease risk. The various national and international research projects focus on the influence of neighbourhood exposures on physical activity, dietary behaviours and health outcomes, and takes place at the intersection of geography and epidemiology.


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