My PhD project started in January 2006 and was completed in May 2008. From May 2008 I was appointed as Kootstra Research Fellow for a year followed by an appointment as a PostDoc researcher. In May 2012 I was appointed Assistant Professor (Maastricht University, Dept. of General Practice). My PhD and later my PostDoc project focused on fracture prediction in primary care in the Netherlands. The aim was to determine the prognostic determinants of fractures in postmenopausal women in a population-based cohort of 4203 women between 50 and 80 years, who were prospectively followed in 12 general practices over a period of 10 years. The 20-year follow-up study is now being designed.
I have started the preparation of an international collaboration (Australia, Denmark, Norway, UK, Canada and USA). This collaborative project will focus on subsequent fractures, mortality, medication use and co-morbidities.
I am also working on the fracture outcome project of the Maastricht Study. This multidisciplinary research project among participants with and without diabetes mellitus type 2 who will be followed for 10 years focuses on prevention and treatment of DM2, cardiovascular diseases, fracture risk, pulmonary diseases, depression (top 5), taking into account their interrelation.
I am one of the Evidence Based Medicine teachers of the Vocational Training of General Practitioners, a planning group member and instructor of a course in the Health Science curriculum (Healthy Ageing), and an instructor in several courses of the bachelor Medicine curriculum.