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Research interests

I am Dr. Mirthe Muilwijk, a postdoctoral researcher cardiovascular epidemiology at the department of Epidemiology & Data Science of Amsterdam UMC, and a registered epidemiologist. The main focus of my research is on ethnic differences in the risk of diabetes and its complications, using quantitative epidemiological methods. It often includes metabolomics to understand biological pathways.  Moreover, I recently obtained a Postdoc Fellowship from Amsterdam Public Health to study diabetes complications in different ethnic groups, and the impact of the social and physical environment.

My background is in Biomedical Sciences, with a specialization in Toxicology and Environmental Health (Utrecht University). I conducted my master’s project, a risk assessment on E-waste recycling, at the Chulabhorn Research Institute in Bangkok. After graduation, I have worked at RIKILT WUR where I was involved in the European FoodIntegrity project. My PhD research focused on type 2 diabetes among South Asians using HELIUS data, as part of the EuroDHYAN project. During my PhD, I have obtained a travel grant to visit the Institute of Cardiovascular & Medical Sciences, University of Glasgow. There, I used UK biobank data to investigate the contribution of type 2 diabetes to mortality and morbidity amongst Europeans and South Asians.

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 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Amsterdam UMC, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Award Date: 14 Apr 2020

Master, Utrecht University, Utrecht, Netherlands

Award Date: 31 Mar 2013

Bachelor, Utrecht University, Utrecht, Netherlands

Award Date: 28 Feb 2011

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