Joline Beulens

Joline Beulens is Professor of Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Disease Epidemiology at the Department of Epidemiology & Data Science of Amsterdam UMC. She leads the group on 'Lifestyle and Chronic Disease Epidemiology'.

The main focus of her research is on aetiology and prevention of cardiometabolic diseases with a specific focus on the role of health behaviours. She uses large observational studies to quantify the association of different risk factors or exposures with the occurrence type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases or to accurately predict those with a high risk of developing those diseases. Intervention studies are used to confirm observed associations and prevent occurrence of cardiometabolic diseases. She is PI of CVON Supreme Nudge consortium investigating the role of nudging, pricing and a physical activity app on cardiometabolic risk in people with low socioeconomic position.

Joline Beulens is (past) editor of several international journals like Diabetologia, European Journal of Preventive Cardiology and British Journal of Nutrition. She is member of the nutrition council of the Dutch Health Council and past president of the Dutch Academy of Nutritional Sciences (2016-2018).

Publications

Associations between dimensions of the social environment and cardiometabolic risk factors: Systematic review and meta-analysis

Taymara C. Abreu, Joreintje D. Mackenbach, Fleur Heuvelman, Linda J. Schoonmade, Joline W.J. Beulens
SSM - Population Health

The built environment and cardiovascular disease: an umbrella review and meta-meta-analysis

Mingwei Liu, Paul Meijer, Thao Minh Lam, Erik J Timmermans, Diederick E Grobbee, Joline W J Beulens, Ilonca Vaartjes, Jeroen Lakerveld
European Journal of Preventive Cardiology

Higher Neighborhood Drivability Is Associated With a Higher Diabetes Risk in Younger Adults: A Population-Based Cohort Study in Toronto, Canada

Nicolette R. den Braver; Joline W.J. Beulens; C. Fangyun Wu; Ghazal S. Fazli; Peter Gozdyra; Nicholas A. Howell; Jeroen Lakerveld; John S. Moin; Femke Rutters; Johannes Brug; Rahim Moineddin; Gillian L. Booth
Diabetes Care, dc221549

Development of a neighborhood obesogenic built environment characteristics index for the Netherlands

Thao Minh Lam, Alfred J. Wagtendonk, Nicolette R. den Braver, Derek Karssenberg, Ilonca Vaartjes, Erik J. Timmermans, Joline W. J. Beulens, Jeroen Lakerveld
Obesity, volume 31, issue 1

Associations between the urban exposome and type 2 diabetes: Results from penalised regression by least absolute shrinkage and selection operator and random forest models

H. Ohanyan, L. Portengen, O. Kaplani, A. Huss, G. Hoek, J.W.J. Beulens, J. Lakerveld, R. Vermeulen
Environment International (170), December 2022

Development of a neighborhood drivability index and its association with transportation behavior in Toronto

N.R. den Braver, J. Lakerveld, P. Gozdyra, T. van de Brug, J.S. Moin, G.S. Fazli, F. Rutters, J. Brug, R. Moineddin, J.W.J. Beulens, G.L. Booth
Environ Int . 2022 May;163:107182

Neighborhood walkability, physical activity and changes in glycemic markers in people with type 2 diabetes: The Hoorn Diabetes Care System cohort

N.R. den Braver, F. Rutters, A.J. Wagtendonk, J.G. Kok, P.P. Harms, J. Brug, J.W.J. Beulens, J. Lakerveld
Health Place . 2021 May;69:102560.

Development of an objectively measured walkability index for the Netherlands

Thao Minh Lam, Zhiyong Wang, Ilonca Vaartjes, Derek Karssenberg, Dick Ettema, Marco Helbich, Erik J. Timmermans, Lawrence D. Frank, Nicolette R. den Braver, Alfred J. Wagtendonk, Joline W. J. Beulens & Jeroen Lakerveld
International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity volume 19, Article number: 50 (2022)

Machine learning approaches to characterize the obesogenic urban exposome

Haykanush Ohanyan, Lützen Portengren, Anke Huss, Eugenio Traini, Joline W.J. Beulens, Gerard Hoek, Jeroen Lakerveld, Roel Vermeulen
Environment International (158), Jan 2022

Ultra-processed food consumption patterns among older adults in the Netherlands and the role of the food environment

Pinho MGM, Lakerveld J, Harbers MC, Sluijs I, Vermeulen R, Huss A, Boer JMA, Verschuren WMM, Brug J, Beulens JWJ, Mackenbach JD.
European Journal of Nutrition. 60 (2021).

Environmental risk factors of type 2 diabetes-an exposome approach

Beulens JWJ, Pinho MGM, Abreu TC, den Braver NR, Lam TM, Huss A, Vlaanderen J, Sonnenschein T, Siddiqui NZ, Yuan Z, Kerckhoffs J, Zhernakova A, Brandao Gois MF, Vermeulen RCH.
Diabetologia. 2021 Nov 18.

Joline Beulens

Contact information

j.beulens@amsterdamumc.nl

Amsterdam University Medical Centrer
Location VUmc
Department of Epidemiology and Data Science
De Boelelaan 1089a
1081 HV Amsterdam

Areas of Expertise

Food Environment Metabolic Health Nutritional Epidemiology

Decoding the exposome

Decoding the exposome

The environment we live in has a dominant impact on our health. It explains an estimated seventy percent of the chronic disease burden. Where we live, what we eat, how much we exercise, the air we breathe and whom we associate with; all of these environmental factors play a role. The combination of these factors over the life course is called the exposome. There is general (scientific) consensus that understanding more about the exposome will help explain the current burden of disease and that it provides entry points for prevention and ...

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