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Jet Smit

Full Professor


The research of Jet Smit in public health epidemiology focuses on the prevention of respiratory and cardiovascular diseases in the general population, from childhood to old age. Her group studies how lifestyle, in combination with the living environment, affects the development of respiratory diseases, early cardiometabolic indicators and later cardiovascular disease. Chronic diseases at later age may already start early in life and in some stages of childhood children may be more susceptible than others. For designing optimal preventive strategies, we focus particularly on identifying these susceptible time windows.

From 2001 till 2009 she was head of the Department of Prevention and Health Services Research (~60 fte) at the National Institute of Public Health. The department performed research to support evidence-based public health policy of the Ministry of Public Health. She started a research program on chronic respiratory diseases and was one of the principal investigators of the MORGEN-EPIC study in 25,000 adults, the Doetinchem cohort study in 5,000 adults and the PIAMA birth cohort study in 4,000 children. Since 2009 she is professor of Public Health at the Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Health Care.

Recent publications

Substitution of pure fruit juice for fruit and sugar-sweetened beverages and cardiometabolic risk in European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC)-NL: Floor R Scheffers, Jolanda M A Boer, Alet H Wijga, Yvonne T van der Schouw, Henriëtte A Smit, W M Monique Verschuren
Public Health Nutrition, 2022, vol. 25, p.1504-1514
The association of pure fruit juice, sugar-sweetened beverages and fruit consumption with asthma prevalence in adolescents growing up from 11 to 20 years Floor R Scheffers, Jolanda M A Boer, Ulrike Gehring, Gerard H Koppelman, Judith Vonk, Henriëtte A Smit, W M Monique Verschuren, Alet H Wijga
Preventive Medicine Reports, 2022, vol. 28
A widening gap between boys and girls in musculoskeletal complaints, while growing up from age 11 to age 20 - the PIAMA birth Cohort study H. Susan J. Picavet, Ulrike Gehring, Amanda van Haselen, Gerard H. Koppelman, Elise M. van de Putte, Sarah Vader, J. (Hans) C. van der Wouden, Ruben J.H. Schmits, Henriette A. Smit, Alet Wijga
European Journal of Pain (United Kingdom), 2021, vol. 25, p.902-912
Early childhood infections and body mass index in adolescence Annemarijn C Prins-van Ginkel, Alet H Wijga, Patricia C J Bruijning-Verhagen, Bert Brunekreef, Ulrike Gehring, Wim van der Hoek, Gerard H Koppelman, Lenie van Rossem, Marianne A B van der Sande, Henriëtte A Smit
International Journal of Obesity, 2021, vol. 45, p.1143-1151
Pure Fruit Juice and Fruit Consumption Are Not Associated with Incidence of Type 2 Diabetes after Adjustment for Overall Dietary Quality in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition-Netherlands (EPIC-NL) Study Floor R Scheffers, Alet H Wijga, W M Monique Verschuren, Yvonne T van der Schouw, Ivonne Sluijs, Henriëtte A Smit, Jolanda M A Boer
Journal of Nutrition, 2020, vol. 150, p.1470-1477
Does breast milk adiponectin affect BMI and cardio-metabolic markers in childhood? Lenie Van Rossem, Henriette A. Smit, Eef G.W.M. Lentjes, Inge Maitimu-Smeele, Bert Brunekreef, Gerard H. Koppelman, Alet H. Wijga
British Journal of Nutrition, 2019, vol. 121, p.905-913