LUMC Research themes

Prevention & Lifestyle

Prevention and lifestyle are crucial in modern medicine. They have been repeatedly proven to form a cost-effective means to prevent the occurrence of disease and diminish or prevent its progression or complications.

Vision and mission

Important lifestyle modifications include cessation of smoking, improvement of dietary habits, increasing the amount of physical activity and exercise and reducing stress. Effective self-management and the use of eHealth are key elements in the achievement and maintenance of a healthy lifestyle.

Because of its widespread potential for a variety of diseases, the theme Prevention and Lifestyle is relevant for all patient groups and health care professionals, both in and outside of the LUMC. For that reason, We envision to further increase implementation of this theme in clinical practice, research and education.

We have the following missions:

  • Strengthen research collaborations with the LUMC within our theme Prevention and Lifestyle and between the several other research themes.
  • Intensify education on prevention and lifestyle in the bachelor Medicine and postgraduate education for medical and non-medical health care professionals. Furthermore, we aim to provide training courses on prevention and lifestyle interventions for all relevant health care providers in the LUMC and researchers.
  • Motivate influential medical and non-medical clinicians and researchers to reach out to society on the topic of prevention and lifestyle.
  • To keep talented researchers from the LUMC in the LUMC and attract novel talent from outside the LUMC.

“Prevention and lifestyle should form the cornerstone in every clinical practice.”

About us

Mariëtte Boon, Internal Medicine Specialist in Training and Researcher 

Dr. Mariëtte Boon is an internal medicine specialist in training and postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Endocrinology. Her research focuses on combating obesity by increasing energy metabolism. She co-authors over 75 scientific publications, and she received numerous awards, including the KNAW-Heineken Young Scientist Award. Furthermore, she has received more than 10 personal grants, including the NWO-Veni grant (2020). She is actively involved in the societal aspects of obesity and, together with prof Liesbeth van Rossum (Erasmus MC) has written the international bestseller ‘VET belangrijk’. She was the founder and former president of the Young Dutch Association of Endocrinology (JNVE).


Thea Vliet Vlieland, Professor of Efficiency of Rehabilitation Processes and Researches Rehabilitation

Prof. dr. Thea Vliet Vlieland is a professor of efficiency of rehabilitation processes and researches rehabilitation. Her research is aimed at patients' health care usage and health care needs, with a focus on promotion of physical activity and exercise. She (co)authored over 350 scientific publications and is the lead author of various influential reviews and practice guidelines. She received the Nederlandse Reumatologie Penning from the Nederlandse Vereniging voor Reumatologie, the Distinguished Scholar Award from the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals, American College of Rheumatology. She is currently vice president of the European Alliance of Rheumatology Associations Health Professionals in Rheumatology.


Niels Chavannes, Professor of eHealth Applications in Population Health


Prof. dr. Niels Chavannes is a family physician and professor of eHealth Applications in Population Health Management at the department of Public Health and Primary Care at the LUMC, visiting professor at Fudan University’s Respiratory Research Institute (Shanghai, China) and head of the Prevention & Lifestyle Theme at the LUMC’s Research Council. He is the Vice-Chair of the Dutch Asthma and COPD Advisory Group and National Advisor of the Dutch Action Program on Chronic Lung Diseases of the Lung Alliance Netherlands. He is founder of the National eHealth Living Lab, published over 300 peer-reviewed articles, and contributed to 18 books.


Research collaborations and alliances

The research in our theme is performed in collaboration with many national and international collaborators including:

  • (Pharmaceutical) companies (for example TNO, Sense Health, Astra Zeneca, Boehringer Ingelheim, Descin BV Amsterdam, Manometric Holding BV Delft, Cue2Walk International BV Den Haag, Jagaco BV Zoetermeer, Samson IT)
  • Healthcare providers ( for example Zorg en Zekerheid, Menzis)
  • Healthcare associations (for example Arts en Leefstijl, Nhg, Foodfirst Network, Je Leefstijl als Medicijn)
  • Foundations (Pharos, Diabetesfonds)
  • Politics (Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport)

The LUMC is an important partner or initiator of large national initiatives, such as:


For Businesses 

Prevention and lifestyle is a fast developing field within medicine. From the LUMC, we form several (inter)national consortia that study novel aspects, development and implementation of prevention, lifestyle and eHealth. We encourage companies that like to collaborate or invest within this field to contact us.


For PhDs and Postdocs 

Within the LUMC, over close to 100 PhD students and postdocs work on the theme prevention, lifestyle and eHealth. If you are interested in a position within this field, please contact us for the possibilities.


For Students

We encourage students with interest and ambitions in prevention and lifestyle to contact us for internship opportunities.



Currently, at various departments in the LUMC, research on the theme Prevention and Lifestyle is already vivid and embedded in several projects. However, the coherence on the initiatives and research around our theme can be improved since it is not known to all researchers and caretakers what initiatives and research there is with the LUMC.

Furthermore, there is a need for joint meetings to further intensify collaborations and the opportunity to write large grants together, which may further improve the national and international position of the LUMC. With our mission in mind, we have therefore divided our theme into the following subthemes.

Our sub-themes

Societal impact  
Talent development