Research in health and quality of life

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The purpose of this site is to provide information on my current research projects and ideas on quality of life.

I am a senior researcher in the GOUD project (healthy ageing; in Dutch: Gezond OUDer worden) in the department of Intellectual Disability Medicine, Erasmus Medical Center Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Within this project, health, health determinants and health outcomes in a population with intellectual disabilities is studied.

You will find information on the projects I lead or co-lead. These projects involve the following subthemes, all in 50+ populations with intellectual disability:

  1. Mobility and fitness
  2. Nutrition and nutritional state
  3. Mood, anxiety and cognition.

All studies focus in one way or another on quality of life and/or its determinants. You will find some more information on quality of life here.

I also posted a number of potentially useful resources. Finally, one of the determinants of my quality of life is taking pictures. You are most welcome to visit the Photography section of this site and view some pictures.


What is intellectual disability?

Intellectual disability can be defined as having an IQ of 70 or less, having limitations in adaptive ability, and having developed the disability before the age of 18.

In The Netherlands, about 112000 people have an intellectual disability (about 0.7% of the population); 10000 people have an additional phisical or motor disability.