Irene van Valkengoed

(Principal Investigator), PhD

1998 …2024

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Personal profile

Research interests

My research focuses on understanding the inequalities in cardiovascular and metabolic health between population subgroups defined by ethnicity, socio-economic position, place of residence, sex/gender and their intersections. This includes observational studies aimed at describing the occurrence of health inequalities, e.g. differences between ethnic groups in type 2 diabetes incidence, socio-economic gradients in sudden cardiac arrest or gender differences in cardiovascular disease risk. In addition, this line includes observational and intervention studies aimed at investigating the environmental, behavioural and metabolic determinants of these inequalities. This will help our understanding how the ‘social’ becomes ‘biological’, i.e. how the way society is organized and the social environments in which we live affects our health. The work will contribute to the wider scientific fields of public health and cardiovascular epidemiology, and provide evidence for public health and clinical recommendations aimed at improving cardiovascular health, in particular for socially disadvantaged people.


Social inequalities in cardiovascular and metabolic health, in particular by sex and gender

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

External positions

Board Member Dutch Society for Gender and Health

2019 → …

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