Erik Timmermans

Erik Timmermans, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at the Julius Center for Health and Primary Care at the University Medical Center Utrecht. His research projects focus on improving our understanding on the relation between an individual's environment and cardiometabolic health and the mechanisms that are underlying that relation.

He studied Human Movement Sciences (cum laude) at the University of Groningen. As a PhD-candidate as well as a postdoctoral researcher, he worked at the Epidemiology of Aging research group of the VU University medical center in Amsterdam. His PhD project focused on environmental determinants of health and physical functioning in older adults across six European countries.

He is involved in several research projects of the Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam, including MINDMAP, an international consortium focusing on the impact of the urban environment on mental functioning of older adults.

Furthermore, he is co-founder of the Geoscience and Health Cohort Consortium, in which 25 renowned Dutch cohort studies will be enriched with a wide variety of objectively measured environmental data, and so enable exposome research.


Impact of green space exposure on blood pressure in Guangzhou, China: Mediation by air pollution, mental health, physical activity, and weight status

Mingwei Liu, Erik J. Timmermans, Dan Zou, Diederick E. Grobbee, Suhong Zhou, Ilonca Vaartjes
Environmental Pollution, 356 (2024)

The built environment and cardiovascular disease: an umbrella review and meta-meta-analysis

Mingwei Liu, Paul Meijer, Thao Minh Lam, Erik J Timmermans, Diederick E Grobbee, Joline W J Beulens, Ilonca Vaartjes, Jeroen Lakerveld
European Journal of Preventive Cardiology

Neighbourhood walkability in relation to cognitive functioning in patients with disorders along the heart-brain axis

Erik J Timmermans, Anna E Leeuwis, Michiel L Bots, Juliette L van Alphen, Geert Jan Biessels, Hans-Peter Brunner-La Rocca, L Jaap Kappelle, Albert C van Rossum, Matthias J P van Osch, Ilonca Vaartjes; Heart-Brain Connection Consortium
Health & Place, volume 79

Development of a neighborhood obesogenic built environment characteristics index for the Netherlands

Thao Minh Lam, Alfred J. Wagtendonk, Nicolette R. den Braver, Derek Karssenberg, Ilonca Vaartjes, Erik J. Timmermans, Joline W. J. Beulens, Jeroen Lakerveld
Obesity, volume 31, issue 1

Development of an objectively measured walkability index for the Netherlands

Thao Minh Lam, Zhiyong Wang, Ilonca Vaartjes, Derek Karssenberg, Dick Ettema, Marco Helbich, Erik J. Timmermans, Lawrence D. Frank, Nicolette R. den Braver, Alfred J. Wagtendonk, Joline W. J. Beulens & Jeroen Lakerveld
International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity volume 19, Article number: 50 (2022)

Erik Timmermans

Contact information

UMC Utrecht    
Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care
Department of Epidemiology

Areas of Expertise

Environmental Epidemiology

Decoding the exposome

Decoding the exposome

The environment we live in has a dominant impact on our health. It explains an estimated seventy percent of the chronic disease burden. Where we live, what we eat, how much we exercise, the air we breathe and whom we associate with; all of these environmental factors play a role. The combination of these factors over the life course is called the exposome. There is general (scientific) consensus that understanding more about the exposome will help explain the current burden of disease and that it provides entry points for prevention and ...

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