PhD V.S. Stel

Assistant Professor
Main activities
Research, Other
Senior epidemiologist, specialization into nephrology
Focus of research

Research focuses on epidemiological research in patients with chronic kidney disease.

Four main research projects:

1) ERA-EDTA Registry (funded by the ERA-EDTA)

The ERA-EDTA Registry is a European Registry collecting data on renal replacement therapy (i.e. dialysis and renal transplantation) via the national and regional renal registries in Europe. It analyses these data and distributes the resulting information through registry reports presented at the yearly ERA-EDTA Congresses, publications in nephrology journals and through the website.


2) EDITH (funded by EU Health Programme)


EDITH aims to examine the effect of the substantial practice variation in the management of end- stage kidney disease and in the access to dialysis and kidney transplantation within Europe on patient outcomes and costs.

3) Nieratlas, Dutch Kidney Atlas (funded by Dutch Kidney Foundation)

The aim of the Dutch Kidney Atlas is to develop an online Dutch Kidney Atlas using the Dutch health claims database (Vektis database). In addition it aims to perform research on healthcare costs, healthcare use, treatment and outcomes of kidney patients (in comparion to the general population) using the Vektis database. It also examines the validity of the Vektis database.


 4) SysKID (funded by European Union's FP7)

SysKID, which stands for ‘Systems Biology towards Novel Chronic Kidney Disease Diagnosis and Treatment”, is a large-scale integrating European research project that aims at understanding chronic kidney disease in the context of diabetes and hypertension. It will focus on the early stages of CKD and aim at identifying better strategies for prevention of complications as well as at novel diagnosis and therapy options to improve patients’ quality of life.


Key publications
  • Brück Katharina, Jager Kitty J., Dounousi Evangelia, Kainz Alexander, Nitsch Dorothea, Ärnlöv Johan, Rothenbacher Dietrich, Browne Gemma, Capuano Vincenzo, Ferraro Pietro Manuel, Ferrieres Jean, Gambaro Giovanni, Guessous Idris, Hallan Stein, Kastarinen Mika, Navis Gerjan, Gonzalez Alfonso Otero, Palmieri Luigi, Romundstad Solfrid, Spoto Belinda, Stengel Benedicte, Tomson Charles, Tripepi Giovanni, Völzke Henry, Wiȩcek Andrzej, Gansevoort Ron, Schöttker Ben, Wanner Christoph, Vinhas Jose, Zoccali Carmine, van Biesen Wim, Stel Vianda S., Jousilahti Pekka, Helmer Catherine, Metzger Marie, Ruidavets Jean Bernard, Bongard Vanina, Koenig Wolfgang, Denkinger Michael D., Brenner Hermann, Saum Kai-Uwe, Nauck Matthias, Stracke Sylvia, Perry Ivan, Eustace Joseph, Lupo Antonio, Donfrancesco Chiara, Palleschi Simonetta, Lamaida Norman, Capuano Ernesto Methodology used in studies reporting chronic kidney disease prevalence: a systematic literature review Nephrology, dialysis, transplantation 2015;30 (Suppl. 4):iv6-i16 [PubMed]
  • Pippias Maria, Jager Kitty J., Kramer Anneke, Leivestad Torbjørn, Sánchez Manuel Benítez, Caskey Fergus J., Collart Frederic, Couchoud Cécile, Dekker Friedo W., Finne Patrik, Fouque Denis, Heaf James G., Hemmelder Marc H., Kramar Reinhard, de Meester Johan, Noordzij Marlies, Palsson Runolfur, Pascual Julio, Zurriaga Oscar, Wanner Christoph, Stel Vianda S. The changing trends and outcomes in renal replacement therapy: data from the ERA-EDTA Registry Nephrology, dialysis, transplantation 2016;31 (5):831-841 [PubMed]
  • van Oosten Manon J. M., Logtenberg Susan J. J., Leegte Martijn J. H., Bilo Henk J. G., Mohnen Sigrid M., Hakkaart-van Roijen Leona, Hemmelder Marc H., de Wit G. Ardine, Jager Kitty J., Stel Vianda S. Age-related difference in health care use and costs of patients with chronic kidney disease and matched controls: analysis of Dutch health care claims data Nephrology, dialysis, transplantation 2020;35 (12):2138-2146 [PubMed]
  • Brück Katharina, Jager Kitty J., Zoccali Carmine, Bello Aminu K., Minutolo Roberto, Ioannou Kyriakos, Verbeke Francis, Völzke Henry, Arnlöv Johan, Leonardis Daniela, Ferraro Pietro Manuel, Brenner Hermann, Caplin Ben, Kalra Philip A., Wanner Christoph, Castelao Alberto Martinez, Gorriz Jose Luis, Hallan Stein, Rothenbacher Dietrich, Gibertoni Dino, de Nicola Luca, Heinze Georg, van Biesen Wim, Stel Vianda S. Different rates of progression and mortality in patients with chronic kidney disease at outpatient nephrology clinics across Europe Kidney international 2018;93 (6):1432-1441 [PubMed]
  • Stel Vianda S, Awadhpersad Ryan, Pippias Maria, Ferrer-Alamar Manuel, Finne Patrik, Fraser Simon D, Heaf James G, Hemmelder Marc H, Martínez-Castelao Alberto, de Meester Johan, Palsson Runolfur, Prischl Friedrich C, Segelmark Mårten, Traynor Jamie P, Santamaria Rafael, Reisaeter Anna Varberg, Massy Ziad A, Jager Kitty J International comparison of trends in patients commencing renal replacement therapy by primary renal disease Nephrology (Carlton, Vic.) 2019;24 (10):1064-1076 [PubMed]
All Publications
Research programmes

Prof. MD PhD K.J. Jager (Evaluation of Health Care and Epidemiology of Kidney Disease)