Professor Ronald Stolk (Nov 1963), head of the Department of Epidemiology, is an internationally established researcher in clinical epidemiology. Over the last years, his research focuses on life course epidemiology approaches of chronic diseases, based on cohort studies and gene-environment interactions. Life Course Epidemiology is a central aspect of the “Healthy Ageing” theme of the University Medical Center Groningen.
He got his medical training in Rotterdam and was subsequently trained in epidemiology at the universities of Rotterdam, Utrecht and Sydney (Australia). He has been involved in many different studies, ranging from large population based studies to randomized clinical trials with invasive clinical measurements.
His background is in the epidemiology of diabetes and overweight. Current research in this area are on the role of fat distribution and obesity in the development of chronic diseases, notably the modification of risk by body fat.