Erasmus MC


About Erasmus MC

Erasmus MC, University Medical Center Rotterdam, is in the top ten best medical institutes in Europe (QS World University Ranking 2014). It excels in various research fields, studying fundamental and clinical domains as well as public health and prevention. The Department of Paediatrics is part of Erasmus MC – Sophia Children’s Hospital and runs the Generation R Programme, which is focused on life-course health and includes two population-based cohorts: Generation R  (10,000 children included largely during pregnancy, born 2002-2006) and Generation R Next (5,000 children expected to be included preconceptionally or during early pregnancy, born 2018-2020). The Department of Epidemiology runs the Rotterdam Study, a population-based cohort of almost 20,000 adult and elderly participants.

Role in LongITools

Erasmus is leading work package 4, studying the role played by early-life exposures to air and noise pollution and the built environment in childhood cardiometabolic health trajectories.

Cohorts included: Generation R, Rotterdam Study.

Dr Janine Felix

Work Package 4 Leader

Janine is an associate professor and an experienced epidemiologist in the Department of Pediatrics at Erasmus MC. Her research aims to understand the genetic and epigenetic mechanisms underlying the associations of early-life exposures and later health. As Principal Investigator for Epigenetics and Study Coordinator of the Generation R Study, she works mostly with epigenome-wide and genome-wide data from this study in large international consortia.


Dr Maryam Kavousi

Task Leader

Maryam is associate professor of epidemiology of cardiometabolic disorders with an emphasis on sex- and gender-related aspects, founder of the Gender and Health Program at Erasmus MC and Principal Investigator of the Cardiometabolic Epidemiology Research Line of the Rotterdam Study. Maryam is also a member of the WHO advisory board for global cardiovascular risk prediction guidelines and secretary of the European Association of Preventive Cardiology (EAPC) and the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).