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Teatske  Altenburg

Teatske Altenburg is a senior researcher at the Department of Public and Occupational Health at the Amsterdam Public Health research institute of the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam. Her position is funded by the Netherlands Organization for Health Research and Development (ZonMw projectnr 91211057).

Teatske is an expert in research related to youth physical activity and sedentary behavior, with a specific interest in measurement, determinants and mechanisms underlying the health consequentces of these behaviors. In her work, she examines which behavioral patterns are most detrimental, and how they can be improved to maximize child and teen health. In doing this, she appies different methodologies such as experimental research and reseach in collaboration with the target group. Teatske is also working on sophisticated analysis to examine patterns of physical activity and sedentary behavior among children.

Teatske completed her Masters in Human Movement Sciences at the VU University in Amsterdam in 2003. After her study, she worked for one year as a research assistant, both at the Department of Public and Occupational Health of the EMGO Institute (Pam project) and at the Faculty of Human Movement Sciences. In 2004 Teatske started her PhD project at the Institute for Biomedical Research into Human Movement and Health at the Manchester Metropolitan University (UK) and at the Research Institute MOVE at the VU University. In 2008 she obtained her PhD degree for her thesis on muscle activation during isometric and dynamic exercise. 

Between 2008 and 2010 Teatske worked as a physical education lecturer and coordinator at the Hague University. In 2009 she also was a member of the 'lectoraat innovatieve beweegstimulering en sport'.

Teatske has teaching responsibilities concerning courses for students in Medicine, Health Sciences and Human Movement Sciences.

Since January 2017 she is chair of the EMGO+ Science Committee.