dr. K. (Kerstin) Klipstein-Grobusch

dr. K. (Kerstin) Klipstein-Grobusch

Associate Professor
dr. K. (Kerstin) Klipstein-Grobusch
  • Department of Epidemiology
  • Julius Center Research Program Cardiovascular Epidemiology

Research Programs

Circulatory Health




Kerstin Klipstein-Grobusch is Associate Professor of Global Health at the Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care, University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands, and Visiting Professor of Epidemiology at the School of Public Health, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.

She is an epidemiologist with broad experience and expertise in research capacity building and global health with a focus on cardio-metabolic disease in low-resource settings and vulnerable populations. Her research investigates the interface of communicable and non-communicable disease, specifically cardio-metabolic disease in HIV-infected populations; the influence of urbanization and migration on cardio-metabolic disease risk; and the short- and long-term consequences of non-communicable diseases during pregnancy on maternal and child health. As principal and co-investigator on internationally funded grants she successfully conducted several large-scale projects resulting in long-term sustainable and equitable partnerships. She undertakes etiologic, prognostic and intervention research, including the evaluation of mhealth interventions and implementation science research on scale-up of hypertension and diabetes care across several countries with diverse health systems.

She has extensive experience in research capacity building in epidemiology and public health in Sub-Saharan Africa as Academic Head of the Masters of Science in Epidemiology program at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa and as a principal and co-investigator in capacity building training programs and face-to-face and online learning courses in epidemiology, public and global health such as the Wits Non-Communicable Disease Research Leadership Program. She has supervised and mentored over 100 Master, PhD, and postdoctoral fellows and published over 200 papers. In her current position as Associate Professor and Academic Coordinator of Global Health her focus is on the development of global health ( at the Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care, University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands.


Research Output (232)

Genome-wide DNA methylation analysis on C-reactive protein among Ghanaians suggests molecular links to the emerging risk of cardiovascular diseases

Chilunga Felix P, Henneman Peter, Venema Andrea, Meeks Karlijn A C, Requena-Méndez Ana, Beune Erik, Mockenhaupt Frank P, Smeeth Liam, Bahendeka Silver, Danquah Ina, Klipstein-Grobusch Kerstin, Adeyemo Adebowale, Mannens Marcel M A M, Agyemang Charles 11 jun 2021, In: npj Genomic Medicine. 6 9 p.

Epigenetic-age acceleration in the emerging burden of cardiometabolic diseases among migrant and non-migrant African populations: a population-based cross-sectional RODAM substudy

Chilunga Felix P, Henneman Peter, Elliott Hannah R, Cronjé H Toinét, Walia Gagandeep K, Meeks Karlijn A C, Requena-Mendez Ana, Venema Andrea, Bahendeka Silver, Danquah Ina, Adeyemo Adebowale, Klipstein-Grobusch Kerstin, Pieters Marlien, Mannens Marcels M A M, Agyemang Charles 17 mei 2021, In: The Lancet Healthy Longevity. 2 , p. e327-e339

Carbohydrate-dense snacks are a key feature of the nutrition transition among Ghanaian adults – findings from the RODAM study

Assmus Frauke, Galbete Cecilia, Knueppel Sven, Schulze Matthias B., Beune Erik, Meeks Karlijn, Nicolaou Mary, Amoah Stephen, Agyemang Charles, Klipstein-Grobusch Kerstin, Bahendeka Silver, Spranger Joachim, Mockenhaupt Frank P., Smeeth Liam, Stronks Karien, Danquah Ina 6 mei 2021, In: Food & Nutrition Research. 65 12 p.

DNA methylation as the link between migration and the major noncommunicable diseases:the RODAM study

Chilunga Felix P, Henneman Peter, Venema Andrea, Meeks Karlijn Ac, Gonzalez Juan R, Ruiz-Arenas Carlos, Requena-Méndez Ana, Beune Erik, Spranger Joachim, Smeeth Liam, Bahendeka Silver, Owusu-Dabo Ellis, Klipstein-Grobusch Kerstin, Adeyemo Adebowale, Mannens Marcel Mam, Agyemang Charles mei 2021, In: Epigenomics. 13 , p. 653-666 14 p.

Erratum: Unexpected low frequency of respiratory symptoms in an HIV-positive urban sub-Saharan population compared to an HIV-negative control group

Kummerow Maren, Shaddock Erica J, Klipstein-Grobusch Kerstin, Barth Roos B, Grobbee Diederick E, Francois Venter W D, Feldman Charles, Vos Alinda 19 apr 2021, In: Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine. 22 1 p.

Anthropometric indices and their cut-off points in relation to type 2 diabetes among Ghanaian migrants and non-migrants:The RODAM study

Darko Samuel N, Meeks Karlijn A C, K B A Owiredu William, Laing Edwin F, Boateng Daniel, Beune Erik, Addo Juliet, de-Graft Aikins Ama, Bahendeka Silver, Mockenhaupt Frank, Spranger Joachim, Agyei-Baffour Peter, Klipstein-Grobusch Kerstin, Smeeth Liam, Agyemang Charles, Owusu-Dabo Ellis mrt 2021, In: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice. 173 9 p.

Poor cardiovascular health is associated with subclinical atherosclerosis in apparently healthy sub-Saharan African populations:an H3Africa AWI-Gen study

Nonterah Engelbert A, Crowther Nigel J, Oduro Abraham, Agongo Godfred, Micklesfield Lisa K, Boua Palwendé R, Choma Solomon S R, Mohamed Shukri F, Sorgho Herman, Tollman Stephen M, Norris Shane A, Raal Frederick J, Grobbee Diederick E, Ramsay Michelé, Bots Michiel L, Klipstein-Grobusch Kerstin, 10 feb 2021, In: BMC Medicine. 19 12 p.

Electrocardiographic and echocardiographic abnormalities in urban African people living with HIV in South Africa

Roozen Geert V T, Meel Ruchika, Peper Joyce, Venter William D F, Barth Roos E, Grobbee Diederick E, Klipstein-Grobusch Kerstin, Vos Alinda G 2 feb 2021, In: PLoS ONE. 16 16 p.

Scale-up integrated care for diabetes and hypertension in Cambodia, Slovenia and Belgium (SCUBY):a study design for a quasi-experimental multiple case study

van Olmen Josefien, Menon Sonia, Poplas Susič Antonija, Ir Por, Klipstein-Grobusch Kerstin, Wouters Edwin, Peñalvo José L., Zavrnik Črt, Te Vannarath, Martens Monika, Danhieux Katrien, Chham Savina, Stojnić Natasa, Buffel Veerle, Yem Sokunthea, White Gareth, Boateng Daniel, Klemenc-Ketis Zalika, Prevolnik Valentina Rupel, Remmen Roy, Van Damme Wim, 31 dec 2020, In: Global Health Action. 13 , p. 1-11

Can an mhealth clinical decision-making support system improve adherence to neonatal healthcare protocols in a low-resource setting?

Amoakoh Hannah Brown, Klipstein-Grobusch Kerstin, Agyepong Irene Akua, Amoakoh-Coleman Mary, Kayode Gbenga A, Reitsma J B, Grobbee Diederick E, Ansah Evelyn K 27 dec 2020, In: BMC Pediatrics. 20 , p. 1471-2431 960 p.

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