Amsterdam Born Children and their Development

Postdoc and PhD students

Drs. Marieke de BeerMarieke de Beer MSc MD

Marieke de Beer is a paediatric resident at the VUmc. She has been involved in the ABCD study as a PhD student since October 2007. Her dissertation topic is: ‘Prognostic factors for overweight, cardiovascular risk and metabolic syndrome in 5-year-old children’. Apart from writing scientific articles she has been involved in data collection from the 5-year-old children in the ABCD study.

Margret Harskamp-van Ginkel
Margreet Harskamp-van Ginkel MD

Margreet Harskamp-van Ginkel is youth health doctor at the city health department of Amsterdam and researcher at the ABCD study. She is interested in the association between maternal prepregnancy BMI and asthma outcomes in the offspring. She also tested if the fatty acid profile of the mother during early pregnancy affects the changes of astma in the offspring.

 Adriëtte Oostvogels Adriëtte Oostvogels
020 566 1252

Adriëtte Oostvogels has an MSc in Medical Pharmaceutical Sciences and has been working as a PhD student at the AMC, department of Public Health, since March 2012. Her dissertation topic is the relation between maternal obesity before pregnancy and the risk for cardiovascular disease in their offspring. Adriëtte is responsible for the data collection from pregnancy files of the ABCD-mothers who gave their informed consent.

 Viyan Rashid Ir. Viyan Rashid
06 21158147

Viyan Rashid is a nutritionist and works as a teacher at the departement of nutrition and dietetics at the university of applied sciences in Amsterdam. She started her PhD in 2013 defining dietary patterns at age 5 years and analysing what the causes and consequences of these dietary patterns are on weight(development) at 5, 7 and 10 years of age.

Laetitia SmariusLaetitia Smarius MD
020 8901900

Laetitia Smarius MD is psychiatrist at the Bascule/ VUmc. She joined the ABCD study and started as a PhD student in 2012. Her research at the Public Health Service Amsterdam and ABCD study focuses on the association between excessive infant crying and emotional and behavioral problems at age 5 years and the mediating role of self reported demands by the mother. Both behavioral and physiological outcomes (e.g. blood pressure and cardiac autonomic activation) will be studied.

Hadi ZafarmandHadi Zafarmand
020 566 5366

Hadi Zafarmand trained as an MD before gaining an MSc and PhD in clinical epidemiology. His dissertation entitled “genetic risks for cardiovascular diseases”. He works as an epidemiologist at the AMC, department of Public Health, and started his research on the ABCD-study to enrich this study with genetic data and analysis (ABCD-Genetic Enrichment (GE) study) in September 2014. His research focuses on genetic susceptibility and gene-environmental interactions on obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases in 5-6 year old children.