Personal profile

Research interests

I work as an epidemiologist/assistant professor at the following institutions:

  1. University Medical Center Groningen, Primary and Long-term Care, section Midwifery Science
  2. Western Sydney University, School of Nursing and Midwifery (Australia)

My research is in the area of Women’s and Childs Health Epidemiology. I examine the impact of (lifestyle) behavior, events during pregnancy and birth on maternal and children’s health. As an epidemiologist, I analyze linkage data of electronic healthcare records (EHR) systems in the Netherlands and Australia. The accompanying papers have resulted in optimizing care for example in reducing unnecessary medical interventions in women during childbirth.

Besides analyzing structured EHRdata, I am also a pioneer in analyzing unstructured data (i.e. general practitioners notes) with the aim to identify specific trajectories and care pathways for COVID-19 patients by using advanced artificial intelligence techniques (AI BERT). Due to my significant expertise in EHRdata combined with strong leadership, I have founded the Primary Care Registry Lab and formed and coordinated several multidisciplinary teams composed of data scientists, data managers, data stewards, healthcare professionals (general practitioners, midwives, micriobiologists), and epidemiologists who collaborate intensively resulting in cutting edge research projects. Along with multi-disciplinary professionals, I collaborate with (representatives of) target populations ensuring that their demands and voices are incorporated throughout all phases in research projects. 

Education/Academic qualification

Basis Kwalificatie Onderwijs , Basis Kwalificatie Onderwijs , VU Amsterdam

Award Date: 1-Sept-2019

External positions

Western Sydney University (School of Nursing and Midwifery

2018 → …

Amsterdam UMC (location VUmc), Department of Midwifery Science, Amsterdam Public Health Research Institute

1-May-2015 → …

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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