Prof. dr. C.O. Agyemang

Main activities
Research, Teaching
Public Health
Focus of research

- Ethnicity differences in health with major focus on cardiovascular diseases

- Cardiovascular disease in low and middle-income countries

Key publications
  • Agyemang C, Kunst AE, Bhopal R, Anujuo K, Zaninotto P, Nazroo J, Nicolaou M, Unwin N, van Valkengoed I, Redekop WK, Stronks K, Diabetes prevalence in populations of South Asian Indian and African origins: a comparison of England and the Netherlands. EPIDEMIOLOGY 2011;22 (4):563-567 [PubMed]
  • Agyemang C, van Valkengoed I, Hosper K, Nicolaou M, van den Born BJ, Stronks K, Educational inequalities in metabolic syndrome vary by ethnic group: Evidence from the SUNSET study. INT J CARDIOL 2010;141 (3):266-274 [PubMed]
  • Agyemang C, Trends in diabetes. LANCET 2007;369 (9569):1256-1257 [PubMed]
  • Agyemang C, Kunst A, Bhopal R, Zaninotto P, Nazroo J, Nicolaou M, Unwin N, van Valkengoed I, Redekop K, Stronks K, Dutch versus English advantage in the epidemic of central and generalised obesity is not shared by ethnic minority groups: comparative secondary analysis of cross-sectional data. INT J OBESITY 2011;35 (10):1334-1346 [PubMed]
  • Agyemang C, Bhopal R, Hypertension and cardiovascular disease endpoints by ethnic group: the promise of data linkage. HEART 2013;99 (10):675-676 [PubMed]
All Publications
Curriculum Vitae

Charles Agyemang is a Professor & Principal Investigator at Amsterdam Medical Centre, University of Amsterdam. He received his PhD from Erasmus Medical Centre, University of Rotterdam. Prior to this he studied and had his Master degree in Public Health at Edinburgh Medical School, University of Edinburgh.

Charles has over 15 years research experience in cardiovascular diseases (CVD) among ethnic minority groups in Europe and has conducted numerous studies on CVD’s in low resource settings. He has authored/co-authored over 160 published papers, and edited several books. He received a prestigious VENI grant to develop international collaborative project between the Netherlands and the UK. He is a project leader and scientific coordinator of the RODAM project – European Commission funded project on gene-environmental interaction on obesity & diabetes among African migrants (, and co-investigator of the EC-funded InterConnect project (

Charles was a member and a rapporteur of the Planning Committee for World Health Organization (WHO) Global Consultation on Migrant Health in 2008; and a core member of the European Hypertension Society Working group on Hypertension & Cardiovascular Risk in Low Resource Settings.

Charles is currently a Vice President of the Migrant Health section of the European Public health Association (EUPHA).

Charles is also an Associate Editor for BMC Public Health, and serves on several journals as an Editorial Board member. He was a Guest Editor for Globalisation and Health on Special series: 'Africa's chronic disease burden: local and global perspectives in 2009-2010; and Guest Editor for Ethnicity & Health on Special series: ‘Culture, Ethnicity and Chronic Conditions: a global synthesis.


Research programmes

Ethnic Inequalities in Cardiovascular Diseases and Risk Factors

The main focus of my research is on ethnic differences in cardiovascular diseases (CVD) and risk factors.
Current projects:

1. The RODAM RODAM project ( This is an European Commission funded project under the Framework programme (FP-7). RODAM is a large multi-centre study and aims at assessing the role of, and the relative contribution of genetics and environmental factors to the high risk of diabetes and obesity among one homogenous African migrant group (Ghanaians) living in three European countries (The Netherlands, England and Germany) and their compatriots living in rural and urban Ghana.

2. Ethnicity and prognosis after initial hospital admission for cardiovascular disease - A follow-up study. This project is based on linkage of nationwide registers is being funded by the Netherlands Heart Foundation. This is a collaborative project between Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care, Utrecht Medical Centre and Academic Medical Centre, University of Amsterdam.

Prof. dr. C.O. Agyemang

Dr. E.J.A.J. Beune MSc PhD
Dr. M.A. Hartman
Dr. M.H. Zafarmand MD PhD

PhD Students
B.B. Ayellah
Drs. A.J. Bodewes BSc PhD
F.P. Chilunga
C. Hayfron-Benjamin
E.L. van der Linden MD
G.N. Nyaaba MSc (Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development Foundation)
J. Yeboah
E. Afrifa-Anane MSc (University of Ghana)
R.B. Awuah MSc (University of Ghana)
Drs. D. Boateng MSc (Utrecht)

L. Boateng

Other research related activities
  • Membership of medical or scientific committee, European Public Health Association, Section Council
  • Membership of advisory board / Consultant, European Hypertension Society Working group on Cardiovascular Diseases in Low and Middle Income Countries
  • Membership of editorial board / Editorship, ETHNICITY & HEALTH
  • Membership of advisory board / Consultant, WHO (World Health Organization)
  • Membership of medical or scientific committee, European Hypertension Society, Working group on Cardiovascular Diseases in low resource countries
Current research funding
  • AMC
  • AMC (Vrijgesteld)
  • Europese Unie
  • Fonds NUTS-OHRA