dr. ing. A. (Sanne) Khan

dr. ing. A. (Sanne) Khan

Associate Professor
dr. ing. A. (Sanne) Khan
  • Department of Epidemiology

Research Programs

Circulatory Health



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.

Side Activities

  • Specialty Chief Editor, Sex and Gender Differences in Disease, Frontiers in Global Women’s Health
  • Nucleus Member, Population Science and Public Health Section, European Association of Preventive Cardiology
  • Associate editor, BMJ Global Health
  • Member of the UMCU-Young Academy

Fellowship and Awards


  • Vidi, NWO Talent Programme, 'Sex differences in coronary heart disease: bias, biology, or both?' (2021)
  • Strategic Skills Development Fellowship, Medical Research Council, 'Sex differences in the vascular consequences of diabetes: big data analyses to inform prevention and treatment' (2017) 
  • Niels Stensen Postdoctoral Fellowship, 'Cardiovascular disease in men and women: does money matter?' (2012)            


  • Fellow International Seminar on Cardiovascular Epidemiology and Prevention. International Society for Cardiovascular                    Epidemiology and Prevention (2020)
  • Emerging Leader, World Heart Federation (2019)
  • Achievement Award. Women’s Health Programme, George Institute for Global Health (2019)
  • Award for Excellence. University of Oxford (2018)
  • Elizabeth Young New Investigator Award. Organization for the Study of Sex Differences (2015)

Research Output (95)

Multimorbidity of non-communicable diseases in low-income and middle-income countries: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Asogwa Ogechukwu Augustina, Boateng Daniel, Marzà-Florensa Anna, Peters Sanne, Levitt Naomi, van Olmen Josefien, Klipstein-Grobusch Kerstin 21 Jan 2022, In: BMJ Open. 12 , p. 1-16 39 p.

Sex-specific associations of adiposity with cardiometabolic traits in the UK:A multi-life stage cohort study with repeat metabolomics

O'Keeffe Linda M, Bell Joshua A, O'Neill Kate N, Lee Matthew A, Woodward Mark, Peters Sanne A E, Smith George Davey, Kearney Patricia M Jan 2022, In: PLoS Medicine. 19 , p. 1-27

Risk Factor Clusters and Cardiovascular Disease in High-Risk Patients:The UCC-SMART Study

Holthuis Emily I., Visseren Frank L.J., Bots Michiel L., Peters Sanne A.E. 21 Dec 2021, In: Global Heart. 16 , p. 1-12

Representation of Women in Stroke Clinical Trials:A Review of 281 Trials Involving More Than 500,000 Participants

Carcel Cheryl, Harris Katie, Peters Sanne A E, Sandset Else Charlotte, Balicki Grace, Bushnell Cheryl D, Howard Virginia J, Reeves Mathew J, Anderson Craig S, Kelly Peter J, Woodward Mark 2 Nov 2021, In: Neurology. 97 , p. e1768-e1774

Sex differences in emergency medical services management of patients with myocardial infarction:analysis of routinely collected data for over 110,000 patients

Hsu Benjumin, Carcel Cheryl, Wang Xia, Peters Sanne A E, Randall Deborah A, Havard Alys, Miller Matthew, Redfern Julie, Woodward Mark, Jorm Louisa R Nov 2021, In: American Heart Journal. 241 , p. 87-91 5 p.

Fifth anniversary of the Sex And Gender Equity in Research (SAGER) guidelines:taking stock and looking ahead

Peters Sanne A E, Babor Thomas F, Norton Robyn N, Clayton Janine A, Ovseiko Pavel V, Tannenbaum Cara, Heidari Shirin Nov 2021, In: BMJ global health. 6

Projected effects on salt purchases following implementation of a national salt reduction policy in South Africa

Ndanuko Rhoda N, Shahid Maria, Jones Alexandra, Harris Terry, Maboreke Joel, Walker Adele, Raubenheimer David, Simpson Stephen J, Neal Bruce, Wu Jason Hy, Peters Sanne Ae, Woodward Mark Oct 2021, In: Public Health Nutrition. 24 , p. 4614-4621 8 p.

Oestradiol and the risk of myocardial infarction in women:a cohort study of UK Biobank participants

Peters Sanne A E, Woodward Mark 30 Aug 2021, In: International journal of epidemiology. 50 , p. 1241-1249 9 p.

Sex differences in risk factors for cognitive decline and dementia, including death as a competing risk, in individuals with diabetes:Results from the ADVANCE trial

Gong Jessica, Harris Katie, Hackett Maree, Peters Sanne A E, Brodaty Henry, Cooper Mark, Hamet Pavel, Harrap Stephen, Mancia Giuseppe, MacMahon Stephen, Chalmers John, Woodward Mark Aug 2021, In: Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism. 23 , p. 1775-1785 11 p.

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