mr. drs. V.W. Hees

mr. drs. V.W. Hees

Full Professor
mr. drs. V.W. Hees
  • Department of Epidemiology
  • Julius Center Research Program Cardiovascular Epidemiology

Research Programs

Circulatory Health



Biographical Sketch

Diederick (Rick) E. Grobbee was trained as a medical doctor at Utrecht University. He then conducted PhD research in the field of hypertension at Erasmus University in Rotterdam (12/83-6/1986). After a residency in Internal Medicine, he returned to the Erasmus University as an associate professor and then Full professor of Clinical Epidemiology (1993). In Rotterdam he was responsible for the cardiovascular disease research program of the Department of Epidemiology, and was one of the founders of the Rotterdam Study ( In 1996 he was appointed professor of Clinical Epidemiology at Utrecht University and founded of the Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care (1996), a division of the University Medical Center Utrecht (UMCU) currently employing approximately 500 staff ( In 2008 he founded Julius Clinical Ltd., a full service Academic Clinical Research Organization ( of which he serves as Chief Medical Officer and Statutory Director. At the University Medical Center Utrecht, he just finished his term as the chair of the Center for Circulatory Health at the UMCU governing cardiovascular patient care, research and education. Previous positions include director of the Rotterdam Medical Research Foundation, member of the board of Erasmus University Medical Center, and visiting Associate Professor at Harvard University, Boston. He holds honorary appointments in Sydney and Kuala Lumpur.  At Utrecht University he was appointed Distinguished University Professor in 2010.

Rick Grobbee has been a (principal) investigator in many large-scale epidemiologic studies and randomized intervention trials relating to the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular, cardiometabolic, and cardiorenal disease. In addition he works on the principles and methods of treatment research, trial design and (big-) data analysis. In the Netherlands he was member of the supervisory board of the Netherlands Heart Foundation and acted in several roles in committees of the National Research Council (ZonMW). He is chair of the Dutch National Research Agenda (NWA) route "Prevention". He has been listed in the top 100 global most influential biomedical researchers (Eur J Clin Invest 2013 Dec;43(12):1339-65) and has consistently been ranked as highly cited author by Web of Science over the last decades.

Rick Grobbee has been on the editorial boards of several journals and (inter) national scientific, search, and site-visit committees. Current journal roles include editor-in-chief of Global Heart (, senior consulting editor of the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology of which he served as editor-in-chief for eight years. He is immediate past-president of the European Association for Preventive Cardiology and member of the board of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and chair of the ESC Global Affairs Committee. He is member of the board of the World Heart Federation Rick Grobbee is fellow of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences and served as the chair of its Medical Section and Advisory Council for the Medical Sciences. He is honorary fellow of the Indonesian Heart Association and of the Romanian Society of Cardiology.  In recent years his attention has increasingly been directed towards global circulatory health ( ), and on-line education for which he founded Elevate, a platform providing global post graduate courses, masters programs and eductional consultancy ( ).  Rick Grobbee was a recipient of a 2019 NWO Gravitation Award "Exposomics" and current coordinator of three EU grants. In 2017 he was knighted by the Dutch King (Knight in the Order of the Dutch Lion). To date, Prof. Grobbee has authored or co-authored over 1,300 scientific papers (PubMed), chapters, and books, and has supervised more than 150 PhD fellows. His Hirsch index (Web of Science) is 151.


Side Activities


  • Chief Scientific Officer and Statutory Director, Julius Clinical Ltd. Academic Clinical Research Organization (0.5 Fte)
  • Director, Utrecht University MSc and PhD in Epidemiology Programmes
  • Chair Missieteam 1 (Prevention), Health Holland (2020)
  • Chair ("Boegbeeld"), National Research Agenda (NWA) Route Health Research, Prevention and Treatment
  • Member, Board of Studies, Graduate School Life Sciences, Utrecht University
  • Fellow, Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences
  • Fellow, European Society of Cardiology
  • Member, Board, European Society of Cardiology
  • Member, Board, World Heart Federation
  • Chair, Global Affairs Committee, European Society of Cardiology
  • Member, Practice Guidelines Committee, European Society of Cardiology
  • Past-President, European Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation
  • Member Executive Board, European Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation
  • Chair, International Scientific Advisory Board, BBMRI (Biobanking Netherlands)
  • Editor in Chief, Global Heart
  • Senior Consulting Editor, European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation
  • Member, Editorial Board Netherlands Journal of Medicine
  • Member, Editorial Board, Current Cardiovascular Risk Reports
  • Member, Editorial Board Cardiovascular Risk
  • Member, Various Scientific Advisory, Safety Monitoring en Adjudication Committees International Clinical Trials


Fellowship and Awards

  • 2008 Prevention award. German Society of Cardiology
  • 2008 Catharijne Prize
  • 2009 David de Wied lecture
  • 2009 Fellow of the Netherlands Royal Academy of Sciences
  • 2010 Distinguished University Professor of International Health Sciences and Global Health, Utrecht University
  • 2016 Honorary Fellow, Indonesian Heart Association
  • 2016 Romanian Society of Cardiology
  • 2017 Knight. Order of the Dutch Lion

Research Output (1693)

A population-based study of 92 clinically recognized risk factors for heart failure:co-occurrence, prognosis and preventive potential

Banerjee Amitava, Pasea Laura, Chung Sheng-Chia, Direk Kenan, Asselbergs Folkert, Grobbee Diederick E, Kotecha Dipak, Anker Stefan D, Dyszynski Tomasz, Tyl Benoît, Denaxas Spiros, Lumbers R Thomas, Hemingway Harry 30 Dec 2021, In: European Journal of Heart Failure. 24 , p. 466-480 15 p.

Prognostic accuracy of antenatal Doppler ultrasound for adverse perinatal outcomes in low-income and middle-income countries: a systematic review

Ali Sam, Heuving Simelina, Kawooya Michael G, Byamugisha Josaphat, Grobbee Diederick E, Papageorghiou Aris T, Klipstein-Grobusch Kerstin, Rijken Marcus J 2 Dec 2021, In: BMJ Open. 11 , p. 1-8

Associations between the built environment and obesity:an umbrella review

Lam Thao Minh, Vaartjes Ilonca, Grobbee Diederick E., Karssenberg Derek, Lakerveld Jeroen Dec 2021, In: International journal of health geographics. 20

Prevalence and determinants of chronic kidney disease in women with hypertensive disorders in pregnancy in Nigeria: a cohort study

Ishaku Salisu M., Olanrewaju Timothy Olusegun, Browne Joyce L., Klipstein-Grobusch Kerstin, Kayode Gbenga A., Franx Arie, Grobbee Diederick E., Warren Charlotte E. Dec 2021, In: BMC Nephrology. 22 , p. 1-10

The influence of HIV infection and antiretroviral treatment on pulmonary function in individuals in an urban setting in sub-Saharan Africa

Berg Oda E.Van Den, Shaddock Erica J., Stacey Sarah L., Feldman Charles, Barth Roos E., Grobbee Diederick E., Venter Willem D.F., Klipstein-Grobusch Kerstin, Vos Alinda G. 15 Nov 2021, In: Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine. 22 , p. 1-8

A prospective, randomized, single-blinded, crossover trial to investigate the effect of a wearable device in addition to a daily symptom diary for the Remote Early Detection of SARS-CoV-2 infections (COVID-RED):a structured summary of a study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

Brakenhoff Timo B, Franks Billy, Goodale Brianna Mae, van de Wijgert Janneke, Montes Santiago, Veen Duco, Fredslund Eskild K, Rispens Theo, Risch Lorenz, Dowling Ariel V, Folarin Amos A, Bruijning Patricia, Dobson Richard, Heikamp Tessa, Klaver Paul, Cronin Maureen, Grobbee Diederick E, 11 Oct 2021, In: Trials. 22 , p. 1-5

Predictors of impaired pulmonary function in people living with HIV in an urban African setting

Van Riel Sarah E., Klipstein-Grobusch Kerstin, Barth Roos E., Grobbee Diederick E., Feldman Charles, Shaddock Erica, Stacey Sarah L., Venter Willem D.F., Vos Alinda G. 17 Aug 2021, In: Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine. 22 , p. 1-8

Research within international non-governmental organisation programmes in low and middle-income countries:challenges amid opportunities

Ishaku Salisu Mohammed, van der Harst Maria, Warren Charlotte E, Franx Arie, Kayode Gbenga Ayodele, Grobbee Diederick, Browne Joyce L 13 Aug 2021, In: BMJ global health. 6 , p. 1-3

Metabolic syndrome following hypertensive disorders in pregnancy in a low-resource setting:A cohort study

Ishaku Salisu M., Karima Tunau, Oboirien Khadijat A., Innocent Agbo P., Lawal Oyeneyin, Jamilu Tukur, Browne Joyce L., Gbenga Kayode A., Azubuike Onyebuchi K., Lamaran Dattijo M., Baffah Aminu M., Olorunfemi Owa O., Patience Odusolu O., Charlotte Warren E., Abubakar Hanifah D., Musa Abdulkarim, Franx Arie, Grobbee Diederick E. Aug 2021, In: Pregnancy Hypertension. 25 , p. 129-135 7 p.

Early Health Economic Analysis of 1.5T MRI-guided Radiotherapy for Localized Prostate Cancer

Hehakaya C., van Zyp J. R. van der Voort, Vanneste B. G., Grutters J. P., Grobbee D. E., Verkooijen H. M., Frederix G. W. Aug 2021, In: Radiotherapy and Oncology. 161 , p. S1081-S1082

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