Joreintje Mackenbach, PhD

assistant professor

Joreintje Mackenbach is an assistant professor at the department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics of the Amsterdam UMC – Vumc. She is a registered epidemiologist and her research focuses on the prevention of obesity and lifestyle-related chronic diseases by changing the environment in which people live, work and move around in. She is specifically interested in how the food environment influences food choices, and how changes in the food environment can promote a healthier diet. 

Joreintje Mackenbach obtained her bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences (Health Policy and Management) at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, a master’s degree in Health Economics, Policy and Law  from the Erasmus University Rotterdam and a master’s degree in Public Health  from the Netherlands Institute for Health Sciences at the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam. In 2016 she obtained her PhD (with distinction) in epidemiology from the VU Medical Center in Amsterdam (supervisors: Giel Nijpels and Hans Brug). During her PhD trajectory she investigated the role of environmental determinants for obesity in adults as part of the European SPOTLIGHT project. With an EMGO+ travel grant she visited the Otago University in Wellington, New Zealand.

Awards and grants
Amsterdam Public Health 2019: Novel devices for the assessment of exposure (10K€)
KNAW Akademie Colloquium 2018: Food Environments and Public Health
NWO Veni 2017: Healthy Food Environments (250K€)
Dutch Heart Foundation/ZonMW 2017: Supreme Nudge (2.5M€)
Amsterdam Public Health 2017: Food price database (10K€)
EASO travel grant 2017
EASO New Investigator’s United Public Health Award 2017
Young Forum Gastein: scholarship 2015
Young Forum Gastein: scholarship 2014
EMGO+ travel grant 2013

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