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Epidemiology, Donor Studies, Donor Health, Iron Metabolism, Public Health

Research interests

Blood and plasma donors are in principle healthy volunteers who donate blood (components) for patient care. The research line 'Donor Health' focuses primarily on studying the health effects of donation and improving policies to protect the health of donors and recipients, thereby applying epidemiological, (bio-)statistical and data science methodology. This research includes studies on iron metabolism and on the stratification, prediction, and mitigation of whole blood donation-induced risks of iron depletion and anemia. In addition, we study donor eligibility criteria through literature reviews, epidemiological studies and donor surveys, as well as health effects of plasma donations on e.g. iron and plasma protein levels. We are increasingly conducting epidemiological research for preventive health care through Sanquin Future Health, a donor biobank in preparation with residual material and questionnaires from blood and plasma donations.

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
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Diabetes and the Heart, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, Netherlands

1 Dec 200618 Nov 2011

Award Date: 18 Nov 2011

External positions

Section Editor / Editorial Board Member, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

1 Jun 2020 → …

Head of Donor Studies, Sanquin Research, Amsterdam, Netherlands

1 Dec 2018 → …

Principal Investigator Donor Health, Sanquin Research, Amsterdam, Netherlands

1 Mar 2013 → …


  • RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
  • Blood Donation
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Sciences
  • Iron Metabolism
  • Longitudinal data analysis

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