I.G.M. van Valkengoed PhD

Assistant Professor
Main activities
Education, Research
Social inequalities in cardiovascular and metabolic health
Focus of research

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.

Key publications
  • Admiraal W. M., Holleman F., Snijder M. B., Peters R. J. G., Brewster L. M., Hoekstra J. B. L., Stronks K., van Valkengoed I. G. M. Ethnic disparities in the association of impaired fasting glucose with the 10-year cumulative incidence of type 2 diabetes Diabetes research and clinical practice 2014;103 (1):127-132 [PubMed]
  • Admiraal Wanda M., Vlaar Everlina M., Nierkens Vera, Holleman Frits, Middelkoop Barend J. C., Stronks Karien, van Valkengoed Irene G. M. Intensive lifestyle intervention in general practice to prevent type 2 diabetes among 18 to 60-year-old South Asians: 1-year effects on the weight status and metabolic profile of participants in a randomized controlled trial PLoS ONE 2013;8 (7):e68605 [PubMed]
  • Dekker Louise H., Nicolaou Mary, van der A Daphne L., Busschers Wim B., Brewster Lizzy M., Snijder Marieke B., Stronks Karien, van Valkengoed Irene G. M. Sex differences in the association between serum ferritin and fasting glucose in type 2 diabetes among South Asian Surinamese, African Surinamese, and ethnic Dutch: the population-based SUNSET study Diabetes care 2013;36 (4):965-971 [PubMed]
  • van der Kooi Anne-Lotte L. F., Snijder Marieke B., Peters Ron J. G., van Valkengoed Irene G. M. The Association of Handgrip Strength and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in Six Ethnic Groups: An Analysis of the HELIUS Study PLoS ONE 2015;10 (9):e0137739 [PubMed]
  • de Munter Jeroen S. l, Agyemang Charles, Stronks Karien, van Valkengoed Irene G. M. Association of physical activity, smoking, and alcohol intake with CVD-related hospital discharge in people of European, South Asian, or African descent European journal of preventive cardiology 2013;20 (1):80-88 [PubMed]
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Research programmes

I.G.M. van Valkengoed PhD (Social inequalities in cardiovascular and metabolic health)

Current research funding
  • AMC (Vrijgesteld)
  • Europese Unie
  • Nierstichting Nederland
  • ZonMw