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Eco de Geus

Eco de Geus is the Director of the EMGO Institute for Health and Care Research at the VU Medical Center in Amsterdam, home to 640+ researchers in the field of genetics, behavioral sciences, health sciences, and medicine (o.a. midwifery, primary care, social medicine, occupational medicine, psychiatry, and elderly medicine). As the Director, he is responsible for developing and implementing the connection of scientific excellence to societal challenges through the entire chain of basic, evaluative (e.g. RCT), implementation and cost-effectiveness research.  He maintains a broad network of stakeholders, develop the institute’s policy and supervise the daily management of the Institute, including financial control, multidisciplinary cohesion, the scientific quality control mechanisms, and the annual report and midterm review cycles.

De Geus is additionally employed for half of his time as a  full professor at the department of Biological Psychology and co-director of the Netherlands Twin Registry at the VU University where he is an active researcher in the field of genetic epidemiology of cardiovascular disease risk factors. He has published over 400 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, and has developed an ambulatory monitoring system (, which has been sold to over 250 research units worldwide. De Geus is an Executive Board member of the Society for Ambulatory Assessment (

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