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Joline  Beulens

Joline WJ Beulens is Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the the department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics of VU Medical Center, where she leads the group on 'Lifestyle and Chronic Disease Epidemiology'.

Joline obtained her Master in Human Nutrition (2001; cum laude) and PhD in Human Nutrition (2007) at Wageningen University. Her PhD research was focused on investigating the relation of alcohol consumption with type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases and was performed at TNO Quality of Life, Julius Center of the UMC Utrecht and Harvard School of Public Health, where she spent 8 months as a visiting scholar (2005).

After obtaining her PhD, she worked as postdoc (2007-2009) and assistant professor (2009-2015) at the Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care, UMC Utrecht. Her research is focused on diet, intermediate markers and risk of cardiovascular disease with a specific focus on patients with type 2 diabetes. Supported by two personal grants from the Netherlands Heart Foundation, Dr Dekker junior (2008) and senior (2013) postdoc stipendia, she investigates the effect of vitamin K on vascular calcification and risk of cardiovascular disease using both randomized trials and observational studies. In 2012, she obtained the 'Rising Star' research fellowship from the European Foundation for the Study of Diabetes.

Since 2015, she is appointed Associate Professor of Lifestyle and Chronic Disease Epidemiology at VU Medical Center, where she continues her research on lifestyle, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

She is president of the Dutch Academy of Nutritional Sciences and editor of the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology and British Journal of Nutrition. She published over 150 peer-reviewed publications.

Picture: Netherlands Heart Foundation