Femke Rutters

Dr. Femke Rutters is an assistant professor at VUmc, interested in the role of psychosocial factors, such as stress, sleep and circadian misalignment in the development and regulation of Type 2 Diabetes.

Dr. Rutters supervises over 8 PhD students, manages the Hoorn studies cohorts, teaches several courses for post graduate Epidemiology students and Medical students as well as treasuring for the Epidemiology Diabetes Europe Group.

Dr. Rutters currently holds the Senior Fellowship of the Dutch Diabetes foundation.

Our ultimate goal is that people live healthily for longer

Our ultimate goal is that people live healthily for longer

We know far less about the exposome than we do about the human genome. So far, we only understand about half of the disease burden for which we know the environment plays a role. If we want to prevent people from becoming ill, then we need to understand the other half too. We therefore want to systematically analyse the exposome for the first time. We will start with research into the causes of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. The techniques and insights from this research will also be applicable to other chronic conditions.

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