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Kerstin Klipstein-Grobusch

Associate Professor

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Kerstin Klipstein-Grobusch, MSc, MSc, PhD, is an Associate Professor and Vice-Chair Global Health at the Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care, Department of Global Public Health and Bioethics, University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands and Visiting Professor at the School of Public Health, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.

She is an epidemiologist and nutrition scientist with over 25 years of experience in international research capacity building in epidemiology and public health including in  sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) as previous Academic Head of the Master of Science in Epidemiology programme at the University of the Witwatersrand and as a principal investigator and collaborator in capacity building training programmes and courses in epidemiology, biostatistics, public and global health such as the CAPSTONE (Capacity Strengthening of Transdisciplinary Education for Non-Communicable Disease Care in West Africa) Consortium.

She leads the Julius Center’s Global Health research on cardiovascular and cardiometabolic disease in low-resource settings and vulnerable populations that addresses (i) the influence of urbanisation and migration on cardio-metabolic disease risk; (ii) the short- and long-term consequences of non-communicable diseases during pregnancy on maternal and child health; and (iii) communicable and non-communicable co-and multimorbidity. She is the Utrecht based principal investigator on several implementation science projects that aim to improve and scale-up care for hypertension in Africa, Asia and Europe such as the iHEART-SA (Integrating heart health in HIV care in South Africa (NIH)), SCUBY (Scaling-up diabetes and hypertension in vulnerable populations (EC H2020)) or MRC-PaLS (Patient-led support groups in the management of hypertension and diabetes in low-resource settings (UKRI). She has supervised and mentored over 100 Master, PhD and postdoctoral fellows and published over 275 peer-reviewed papers.

In her current position as Associate Professor and Vice-Chair Global Health her focus is on the development of global health research and education ( at the Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care, University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Academic and societal activities include memberships of institutional committees and academic/research networks. Amongst others, she is Deputy Editor of the World Health Federations’ scientific journal Global Heart and Executive Board Member of the European Global Health Research Institutes Network (EGHRIN).

Research groups

Global Cardiovascular Health

Research aim

To study cardiovascular risk factors and health outcomes; and develop, implement and scale-up cost-efficient approaches for primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease to promote equity in cardiovascular health globally

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Recent publications

Noncommunicable Disease Conditions and HIV in Rural and Urban South Africa: 2005-2015 Leandi Lammertyn, Kerstin Klipstein-Grobusch, Herculina S. Kruger, Iolanthe M. Kruger, Carla M. T. Fourie
Ethnicity and Disease, 2024, vol. 33, p.108-115
Trends in body mass index in the pre-dolutegravir period in South Africa Florian van Ginkel, Roos Barth, Hugo Tempelman, Kerstin Klipstein-Grobusch, Diederick Grobbee, Karine Scheuermaier, Francois Venter, Alinda Vos-Seda
Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine, 2024, vol. 25, p.1-12
No Evidence for an Association of HIV and Antiviral Treatment With Changes in Framingham Cardiovascular Risk Score in the Ndlovu Cohort Study Rita Verstraeten, Alinda G Vos-Seda, Daniel Boateng, Karine Scheuermaier, Hugo Tempelman, Roos E Barth, Walter Devillé, Roel A Coutinho, Francois Venter, Diederick E Grobbee, Kerstin Klipstein-Grobusch
Journal of the American Heart Association, 2024, vol. 13
Perinatal exposure to traffic related air pollutants and the risk of infection in the first six months of life Frida Soesanti, Gerard Hoek, Bert Brunekreef, Kees Meliefste, Jie Chen, Nikmah S Idris, Nina D Putri, Cuno S P M Uiterwaal, Diederick E Grobbee, Kerstin Klipstein-Grobusch
International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health, 2024, vol. 97, p.575-586
Corrigendum: Diabetes—Tuberculosis Care in Eswatini: A Qualitative Study of Opportunities and Recommendations for Effective Services Integration Victor Williams, Alinda G Vos-Seda, Samson Haumba, Lindiwe Mdluli-Dlamini, Marianne Calnan, Diederick E Grobbee, Kennedy Otwombe, Kerstin Klipstein-Grobusch
International Journal of Public Health, 2024, vol. 69, p.1-2
Early life ambient air pollution, household fuel use, and under-5 mortality in Ghana Ali Moro, Engelbert A Nonterah, Kerstin Klipstein-Grobusch, Samuel Oladokun, Paul Welaga, Patrick O Ansah, Perry Hystad, Roel Vermeulen, Abraham R Oduro, George Downward
Environment International, 2024, vol. 187

External positions

Visiting Professor , University of Tubingen

Executive Committee, European Global Health Research Institutes Network

Visiting Professor , University of the Witwatersrand