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Sanne Peters

Associate Professor

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Sanne Peters is an Associate Professor in Epidemiology and Global Health at the Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care. She holds a joint appointment as Associate Professor at The George Institute for Global Health, University of New South Wales and as Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London. 

She obtained her MSc in Epidemiology (with distinction) from Maastricht University in 2009. In 2012, she completed her PhD in Epidemiology at UMC Utrecht. From 2013 to 2020, she worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge (2013-14) and the University of Oxford (2014-20).

Her research focuses on sex differences in cardiovascular diseases. Using large databases, she aims to reliably quantify where those differences exist and to identify the underlying genetic, biological, or behavioral factors. Another important part of her research aims at ensuring that sex and gender, as well as other aspects of diversity, are routinely considered and equally represented in research and innovation.  

Dr. Peters’ research has been supported by several prestigious grants and fellowships, including a 1-year Niels Stensen Fellowship (2012), a 4-year strategic skills development fellowship from the UK Medical Research Council (2017) and 5-year Vidi fellowship from the Dutch Research Council (2021). She is a World Heart Federation Emerging Leader.

She is Speciality Chief Editor for 'Sex and Gender Differences in Disease' in the Frontiers in Global Women's Health journal and Associate Editor at BMJ Global Health. She is Nucleus Member of the Population Science and Public Health Section of the European Association of Preventive Cardiology. She also is a member of the UMCU-Young Academy.

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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Health equity

Research aim

This research group aims to contribute to health equity from an ethical and epidemiological perspective. We identify and explain health inequalities and ethically evaluate whether identified health inequalities also lead to health inequity.
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Recent publications

Sex Differences in the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Diseases in a Dutch Primary Care Setting Pauline A J Kiss, Alicia Uijl, Estefania Betancur, Annemarijn R de Boer, Diederick E Grobbee, Monika Hollander, Charlotte N Onland-Moret, Miriam C J M Sturkenboom, Sanne A E Peters
Global Heart, 2024, vol. 19, p.1-12
Pregnancy associated hypertensive disorders and risk of cardiovascular disease Lena Tschiderer, Yvonne T. van der Schouw, N. Charlotte Onland-Moret, Kitty Wm Bloemenkamp, Lisa Seekircher, Stephen Burgess, Peter Willeit, Sanne A E Peters
European heart journal, 2023, vol. 44
Age at Menopause and the Risk of Stroke Lena Tschiderer, Sanne A.E. Peters, Yvonne T. van der Schouw, Anniek C. van Westing, Tammy Y.N. Tong, Peter Willeit, Lisa Seekircher, Conchi Moreno-Iribas, José María Huerta, Marta Crous-Bou, Martin Söderholm, Matthias B. Schulze, Cecilia Johansson, Sara Själander, Alicia K. Heath, Alessandra Macciotta, Christina C. Dahm, Daniel B. Ibsen, Valeria Pala, Lene Mellemkjær, Stephen Burgess, Angela Wood, Rudolf Kaaks, Verena Katzke, Pilar Amiano, Miguel Rodriguez-Barranco, Gunnar Engström, Elisabete Weiderpass, Anne Tjønneland, Jytte Halkjær, Salvatore Panico, John Danesh, Adam Butterworth, N. Charlotte Onland-Moret
Journal of the American Heart Association, 2023, vol. 12, p.e030280
Long-term peridialytic blood pressure changes are related to mortality Camiel L.M. De Roij Van Zuijdewijn, Paul A. Rootjes, Menso J. Nubé, Michiel L. Bots, Bernard Canaud, Peter J. Blankestijn, Frans J. Van Ittersum, Francisco Maduell, Marion Morena, Sanne A.E. Peters, Andrew Davenport, Robin W.M. Vernooij, Muriel P.C. Grooteman, Michiel L. Bots, Peter J. Blankestijn, Bernard Canaud, Andrew Davenport, Muriel P.C. Grooteman, Menso J. Nubé, Sanne A.E. Peters, Marion Morena, Francisco Maduell, Ferran Torres, Ercan Ok, Gulay Asci, Francesco Locatelli,
Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation, 2023, vol. 38, p.1992-2001
Sex-specific Mendelian randomisation to assess the causality of sex differences in the effects of risk factors and treatment Sophie C de Ruiter, A Floriaan Schmidt, Diederick E Grobbee, Hester M den Ruijter, Sanne A E Peters
Journal of human hypertension, 2023, vol. 37, p.602-608
Sex-specific associations of adiposity with cardiometabolic traits in the UK Linda M O'Keeffe, Joshua A Bell, Kate N O'Neill, Matthew A Lee, Mark Woodward, Sanne A E Peters, George Davey Smith, Patricia M Kearney
PLoS Medicine, 2022, vol. 19, p.1-27