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European and worldwide projects

Some examples of projects we execute with European and overseas partners:

  • MINDMAP: We investigate the importance of the living environment for health and well-being through large European cross-city studies
  • SEFAC: Proactive and self-empowering preventive programmes. For example, the aim of the Social Engagement Framework for Addressing the Chronic disease challenge (SEFAC) project is to reduce the burden of individuals with a chronic condition, and increase sustainability of the health system by supporting self-management.
  • Cancer surveillance: We are the national evaluation unit for the Dutch screening programmes on breast, cervical and colorectal cancer, and we evaluate programmes in the EU, the US and worldwide. Guiding public health policies on screening, using predictions of the favourable and unfavourable effects and cost of screening, based on micro-simulation modelling (MISCAN). Examples include the United States guidelines for breast, colorectal and lung cancer screening.
  • EU-TOPIA: to improve health outcomes and equity of breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening programmes in ways that take full account of the different demographical, medical, political, economic and cultural contexts across Europe. We aim to do so by providing national, regional, and local policymakers with tools to evaluate and quantify their cancer screening programmes
  • 4-IN-THE-LONG-RUN: the overall aim of the project is to optimise CT lung cancer screening by evaluating the comparative (cost-) effectiveness of existing (and innovative) approaches to provide significant evidence for health care systems implementation of personalised lung cancer screening following the positive results of the NELSON trial
  • Infectious diseases remain an important global public health problem, especially in developing countries. Our main research activities cover neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), including various helminth (worm) infections, leishmaniasis and leprosy, as well as tuberculosis, malaria and HIV/AIDS. We collaborate internationally with scientific, governmental and non-governmental organizations to support international control and elimination programmes for these infectious diseases. We also study infectious diseases common in migrant populations in Rotterdam, as well as hand hygiene in health care settings. Our research methodologies include mathematical modelling, epidemiological data analysis, and behavioural studies.

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