JaapSeidell PHOTOProf. Jaap Seidell was appointed as full professor (2002-present) and head of the Institute for Health Sciences (2003-2013) at the VU University in Amsterdam. Since 2013 he is appointed as one of the two distinguished ‘university professors’ at the VU University.
He obtained his MSc (1983) and PhD (1986) at the Department of Human Nutrition at the University of Wageningen, The Netherlands. He was awarded a senior research fellowship by the Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) for the period 1988-1992. From 1992-2002 he was head of the Department for Chronic Diseases Epidemiology at the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment in Bilthoven, The Netherlands
His main research interest is in the role of life-style factors in the prevention of chronic diseases but in particular the study of causes and consequences of obesity and body fat distribution. He (co)-authored well over 500 scientific papers and chapters in books on these topics (390 of these covered in ISI Web of Science; h-index: 77; h-index in Google-Scholar: 99).
He has served as president-elect and as president (1992-2000) of the European Association for the Study of Obesity and was editor-in-chief of the "European Journal of Clinical Nutrition" (1996-2006) and is currently editor of “Public Health Nutrition”. He is a member of the Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and the Health Council of the Netherlands. He is a member of the scientific board of the International Obesity Task Force and the International Epode Network .

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