dr. K. (Kerstin) Klipstein-Grobusch

dr. K. (Kerstin) Klipstein-Grobusch

Associate Professor
dr. K. (Kerstin) Klipstein-Grobusch
  • Julius Center, dept. Epidemiology & Health Economics
  • Julius Center Research Program Cardiovascular Epidemiology

Research Programs

Circulatory Health



Kerstin Klipstein-Grobusch, MSc, MSc, PhD, is an Associate Professor and Vice-Chair Global Health at the Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care, Department of Global Public Health and Bioethics, University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands and Visiting Professor at the School of Public Health, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa and the Institute of Tropical Medicine, University of Tübingen, Germany.

She is an epidemiologist and nutrition scientist with over 25 years of experience in international research capacity building in epidemiology and public health including in  sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) as previous Academic Head of the Master of Science in Epidemiology programme at the University of the Witwatersrand and as a principal investigator and collaborator in capacity building training programmes and courses in epidemiology, biostatistics, public and global health such as the NIH-funded Wits Non-Communicable Disease Research Leadership Programme.

She leads the Julius Center’s Global Health research on cardiovascular and cardiometabolic disease in low-resource settings and vulnerable populations that addresses (i) the influence of urbanisation and migration on cardio-metabolic disease risk; (ii) the short- and long-term consequences of non-communicable diseases during pregnancy on maternal and child health; and (iii) communicable and non-communicable co-and multimorbidity. She is the Utrecht based principal investigator on several implementation science projects that aim to improve and scale-up care for hypertension in Africa, Asia and Europe such as the iHEART-SA (Integrating heart health in HIV care in South Africa (NIH)), SCUBY (Scaling-up diabetes and hypertension in vulnerable populations (EC H2020)) or MRC-PaLS (Patient-led support groups in the management of hypertension and diabetes in low-resource settings (UKRI). She has supervised and mentored over 100 Master, PhD and postdoctoral fellows and published over 250 peer-reviewed papers.

In her current position as Associate Professor and Vice-Chair Global Health her focus is on the development of global and planetary health research and education ( at the Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care, University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Academic and societal activities include memberships of institutional committees and academic/research networks. Amongst others, she is Deputy Editor of the World Health Federations’ scientific journal Global Heart and Executive Board Member of the European Global Health Research Institutes Network (EGHRIN).

Research Output (284)

Subgroups of adult-onset diabetes:a data-driven cluster analysis in a Ghanaian population

Danquah Ina, Mank Isabel, Hampe Christiane S, Meeks Karlijn A C, Agyemang Charles, Owusu-Dabo Ellis, Smeeth Liam, Klipstein-Grobusch Kerstin, Bahendeka Silver, Spranger Joachim, Mockenhaupt Frank P, Schulze Matthias B, Rolandsson Olov 4 Jul 2023, In: Scientific Reports. 13

Standardization and quality control of Doppler and fetal biometric ultrasound measurements in low-income setting

Ali S, Byamugisha J, Kawooya M G, Kakibogo I M, Ainembabazi I, Biira E A, Kagimu A N, Migisa A, Munyakazi M, Kuniha S, Scheele C, Papageorghiou A T, Klipstein-Grobusch K, Rijken M J Apr 2023, In: Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology. 61 , p. 481-487 7 p.

Unmasking a silent killer:Prevalence of diagnosed and undiagnosed Diabetes Mellitus among people living with HIV in rural South Africa

de Vries Annemiek E M, Xaba Zanele, Moraba Sehulong R, Goerlitz Luise, Tempelman Hugo A, Klipstein-Grobusch Kerstin, Hermans Lucas E, Scheuermaier Karine, Devillé Walter L J M, Vos Alinda G 15 Mar 2023, In: Tropical medicine & international health. 28 , p. 367-373 7 p.

Risk factor clustering in men and women with CHD in the Southern Cone of Latin America

Marzà-Florensa Anna, Gutierrez Laura, Gulayin Pablo, Vaartjes Ilonca, Grobbee Diederick E., Klipstein-Grobusch Kerstin, Irazola Vilma Mar 2023, In: International Journal of Cardiology: Cardiovascular Risk and Prevention. 16 , p. 1-8

The effect of exposure to traffic related air pollutants in pregnancy on birth anthropometry:a cohort study in a heavily polluted low-middle income country

Soesanti Frida, Uiterwaal Cuno S P M, Meliefste Kees, Chen Jie, Brunekreef Bert, Idris Nikmah S, Grobbee Diederick E, Klipstein-Grobusch Kerstin, Hoek Gerard 27 Feb 2023, In: Environmental Health [E]. 22

Associations of psychosocial stress with type 2 diabetes and glycaemic control among Ghanaians:The RODAM study

Chilunga Felix P, Schwerzel Pleun S, Meeks Karlijn A C, Beune Erik, Bahendeka Silver, Mockenhaupt Frank, Klipstein-Grobusch Kerstin, Agyemang Charles Jan 2023, In: Diabetic Medicine. 40 , p. 1-10

Process evaluation of the scale-up of integrated diabetes and hypertension care in Belgium, Cambodia and Slovenia (the SCUBY Project):a study protocol

Martens Monika, Wouters Edwin, van Olmen Josefien, Klemenc Ketiš Zalika, Chhim Srean, Chham Savina, Buffel Veerle, Danhieux Katrien, Stojnić Nataša, Zavrnik Črt, Poplas Susič Antonija, Van Damme Wim, Ir Por, Remmen Roy, Ku Grace Marie V, Klipstein-Grobusch Kerstin, Boateng Daniel 29 Dec 2022, In: BMJ Open. 12

Effectiveness of self-financing patient-led support groups in the management of hypertension and diabetes in low- and middle-income countries:systematic review

Sanya Richard E, Johnston Erin Stewart, Kibe Peter, Werfalli Mahmoud, Mahone Sloan, Levitt Naomi S, Klipstein-Grobusch Kerstin, Asiki Gershim 14 Dec 2022, In: Tropical medicine & international health. 28 , p. 80-89 10 p.

Effects of race and ethnicity on perinatal outcomes in high-income and upper-middle-income countries:an individual participant data meta-analysis of 2 198 655 pregnancies

Sheikh Jameela, Allotey John, Kew Tania, Fernández-Félix Borja M, Zamora Javier, Khalil Asma, Thangaratinam Shakila, , Browne Joyce, Klipstein-Grobusch Kerstin 10 Dec 2022, In: Lancet (London, England). 400 , p. 2049-2062 14 p.

Comparative performance of cardiovascular risk prediction models in people living with HIV

Tahir Irtiza, Vos Alinda, Damen Johanna, Barth Roos, Tempelman Hugo, Grobbee Diederick, Scheuermaier Karine, Venter Willem, Klipstein-Grobusch Kerstin 15 Nov 2022, In: Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine. 23

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