Research groups

Click on the participating research group to find out more about the their main objectives and the research theme of interest.


 


Community Genetics 

Department of Clinical Genetics

Community Genetics and Public Health Genomics are emerging fields of activities involving both research and application. The main goal of research is to investigate and promote the responsible application of medical genetics at population or group level, to maximise benefit for the individuals in the community and for public health, and to minimise potential harm. See our website for more information on members and research projects.

 

Head of research group: Prof. M.C. Cornel 

Research themes of interest:  Effectiveness and safety of care &  Health, communication and decision-making

Contact person: Lidewij Henneman

E: l.henneman@vumc.nl 

Wwww.vumc.com/researchcommunitygenetics

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Ear and Hearing

Department of Otolaryngolgoy-Head and Neck Surgery

Hearing impairment is one of the most prevalent chronic conditions in the Netherlands, Europe and even worldwide. Due to the ageing of our societies, the percentage of adults with hearing loss in the Netherlands will increase from 17% now to 45% in 2030. People need to work longer and hence, the number of hearing impaired adults in the workforce will increase considerably. Research within this section is taking a multidisciplinary approach. Health scientists, audiologists, psychologists, linguists, technical physicians, physicists and otolaryngologists are working closely together. The research is divided into three programs. The first is Auditory Functioning and Participation in society. This program covers  three research themes: ‘Epidemiology of hearing loss’, ‘Listening effort & Cognition’ and ‘Innovation and Evaluation of Hearing Health Care’. The second program is Speech Recognition and Clinical research in Audiology and the third one is Clinical research in Otology. All research projects are embedded in the program Quality of Care of the EMGO+ Institute for Health and Care Research (www.emgo.nl). More details about each of the projects and the research team can be found at our website.

 

Head of research group: Prof. dr. S.E. Kramer

Research theme(s) of interest:  Disease, disability and participation

Contact person: Prof. dr. S.E. Kramer

Ese.kramer@vumc.nl

Wwww.ac-vumc.nl/onderzoek/onderzoek.htm

 

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Epidemiology of Aging

 

The epidemiology of ageing group investigates determinants and consequences of physical, emotional, social and cognitive functioning in older adults. Core research topics include the associations of trajectories of functioning across these multiple domains with outcomes like wellbeing and care use; the interrelations of trajectories of functioning on the physical, emotional, social and cognitive domains; and characteristics of resilient older adults. These topics require a thoroughly multidisciplinary approach, which is characteristic of our group. Although it has a predominantly quantitative background, qualitative methods are sometimes used as well. Besides conducting research, the epidemiology of ageing group is continuously building and expanding on an interdisciplinary research infrastructure for the study of ageing: the Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam (www.lasa-vu.nl).

 

Head of research group: Martijn Huisman

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Contact person: Martijn Huisman

Ema.huisman@vumc.nl

Wwww.lasa-vu.nl 
      www.vumc.nl/afdelingen/EB/onderzoek/5055710/


 

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General Practice and Elderly Care Madicine

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Medical Humanities

Department of Medical Humanities

Good care from an empirical-ethical perspective

Quality of care stretches beyond procedures and technical expertise, and also includes reflection on normative persuasions and value-laden issues that arise in concrete situations. Quality is not just an outcome to be assessed or evaluated, but is also a dynamic learning process among various stakeholders, including professionals, patients and family. In the Department of Medical Humanities this quality improvement and learning process is stimulated via dialogues about ethical issues. Empirical-ethical research designs are used to integrate empirical research among stakeholders with ethical analyses, and to actively use the input of experiential, scientific and professional knowledge. Responsive and interactive methodologies and moral deliberation methods that engage stakeholders in the research process are used besides theoretical reflection to respond to ethical questions. These approaches have their common basis in dialogical ethics and pragmatic hermeneutics. 

 

Head of research group: Prof. dr. G.A.M. Widdershoven

Research themes of interest:  Health, communication and decision-makingDisease, disability and participation

Contact person: Prof. dr. T.A. Abma

E:  t.abma@vumc.nl

W: www.vumc.nl/afdelingen/metamedica/

 

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Midwifery Science

Department of Midwifery

The section Midwifery Science aims to evaluate maternity care for low- and moderate-risk women with the objective of continuous quality improvement. Central research themes are: 1) Organization and provision of care, for example cooperation between primary and secondary maternity care professionals; accessibility of care; 2) Clinical effectiveness of care interventions, for example pain management; detection of intrauterine growth restriction; 3) Perinatal psychology and midwifery care, for example stress, anxiety and depression in the perinatal period ; 4) Client experiences, for example role of the partner. Evidence and knowledge is dispersed, among others, by providing academic input into the Academy of Midwifery Amsterdam-Groningen (AVAG). During the past few years, Midwifery Science VUmc has developed itself into a research group which is recognized in The Netherlands and respected thanks to the quality of its research.

 

Head of research group: Ank de Jonge

Research themes of interest:  Effectiveness and safety of care

Contact person: Ank de Jonge

Eank.dejonge@vumc.nl

Whttp://www.verloskunde-academie.nl/over-ons/

 

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Ophthalmology

Department of Ophthalmology

 

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Occupational Health

Department of Social Medicine

Many adults spend a large part of their lives at work. Work gives purpose in life, provides social context and possibilities for personal development. However, work may also have negative consequences for health, due to exposure to unfavorable working circumstances or a reduced working capacity due to (chronic) health conditions.

The occupational health research line covers a wide range of occupational health topics, from return to work to primary prevention of work-related disorders.

Main themes are cost-effectiveness of prevention, ageing working population, clinical occupational medicine, insurance medicine and worksite health promotion, including sedentary behavior. Main research methods are intervention studies (randomized controlled trials), prospective cohort studies and implementation research, involving both quantitative and qualitative research. The research line occupational health has a history of structural collaboration with companies which has led to the start-up of several academic workplaces with KLM, TATA Steel, Arboned and VU/VUmc. 

 

Head of research group: Prof. Allard van der Beek

Research themes of interest: Disease, disability and participation

Contact person: dr. Cécile Boot

Ecrl.boot@vumc.nl

Wwww.vumc.nl/afdelingen/sociale-geneeskunde/Onderzoek/Arbeid_Gezondheid/

 

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Public Health at the End of Life

Department of Social Medicine

When a person’s death is not unexpected, they, their close ones and their physician and other health care professionals can take this into account in care and treatment in the last phase of life. The research line  ‘public health at the end of life’ (part of the dept of public and occupational health) conducts research on three themes relevant to this: 1. palliative care; 2. advance care planning, and; 3. end-of-life decisions. These central themes are studied in different ways within the research line  ‘public health at the end of life’: through epidemiological (inter)national studies on prevalence and background of symptoms, care characteristics, decisions and influence of policy on these, through evaluation of care innovations, and through mixed methods or qualitative studies on experiences of patients, relatives and health care professionals. Together with several clinical departments the research line participates in the Expertise Center for Palliative Care of the VU University medical center.

 

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Research themes of interest:  Effectiveness and safety of care

Contact person: Prof. dr. B. Onwuteaka-Philipsen

E: b.philipsen@vumc.nl

W: www.vumc.nl/afdelingen/sociale-geneeskunde/Onderzoek/Public_health_levenseinde/

 

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Quality, Risk and Safety in health care

Department of Social Medicine

 

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