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prof. dr. ir. H.A. (H.A. (Jet)) Smit Full Professor

  • Department of Public Health, Healthcare Innovation & Evaluation and Medical Humanities (PHM)
  • Julius Center Research Program Cardiovascular Epidemiology
  • Julius Center Research Program Infectious Diseases

H.A. Smit


Research Programs


The research of Jet Smit in public health epidemiology focuses on the prevention of respiratory and cardiovascular diseases in the general population, from childhood to old age. Her group studies how lifestyle, in combination with the living environment, affects the development of respiratory diseases, early cardiometabolic indicators and later cardiovascular disease. Chronic diseases at later age may already start early in life and in some stages of childhood children may be more susceptible than others. For designing optimal preventive strategies, we focus particularly on identifying these susceptible time windows.

From 2001 till 2009 she was head of the Department of Prevention and Health Services Research (~60 fte) at the National Institute of Public Health. The department performed research to support evidence-based public health policy of the Ministry of Public Health. She started a research program on chronic respiratory diseases and was one of the principal investigators of the MORGEN-EPIC study in 25,000 adults, the Doetinchem cohort study in 5,000 adults and the PIAMA birth cohort study in 4,000 children. Since 2009 she is professor of Public Health at the Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Health Care.

Side Activities

  • Member of:

    - Scientific Advisory Board of the Netherlands Center for Youth Health (NCJ)

    - Editorial staff of NTvG (In het Kort rubriek)

     No activities with conflict of interest

Fellowship and Awards

  • NWO Open Competition fellowship 2000 (later VENI fellowship): “Prevention of asthma in children; the PIAMA birth cohort study”

Research Output (155)

Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy and cardiometabolic outcomes in childhood:A systematic review

Jansen Maria Ac, Pluymen Linda Pm, Dalmeijer Geertje W, Groenhof T Katrien J, Uiterwaal Cuno Spm, Smit Henriëtte A, van Rossem Lenie nov 2019, In: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. 26 , p. 1718-1747 30 p.

Role of timing of exposure to pets and dampness or mould on asthma and sensitization in adolescence

Milanzi Edith B, Koppelman Gerard H, Smit Henriette A, Wijga Alet H, Vonk Judith M, Brunekreef Bert, Gehring Ulrike okt 2019, In: Clinical and Experimental Allergy. 49 , p. 1352-1361 10 p.

Breastfeeding and cardiometabolic markers at age 12:a population-based birth cohort study

Pluymen L P M, Wijga A H, Gehring U, Koppelman G H, Smit H A, van Rossem L 1 aug 2019, In: International Journal of Obesity. 43 , p. 1568-1577 10 p.

The pathways from parental and neighbourhood socioeconomic status to adolescent educational attainment:An examination of the role of cognitive ability, teacher assessment, and educational expectations

Weinberg Dominic, Stevens Gonneke W J M, Finkenauer Catrin, Brunekreef Bert, Smit Henriëtte A, Wijga Alet H 22 mei 2019, In: PLoS ONE. 14

Does breast milk adiponectin affect BMI and cardio-metabolic markers in childhood?

Van Rossem Lenie, Smit Henriette A., Lentjes Eef G.W.M., Maitimu-Smeele Inge, Brunekreef Bert, Koppelman Gerard H., Wijga Alet H. 28 apr 2019, In: British Journal of Nutrition. 121 , p. 905-913 9 p.

Impact of Repeated Influenza Immunization on Respiratory Illness in Children With Preexisting Medical Conditions

de Hoog Marieke L A, Venekamp Roderick P, Damoiseaux Roger A M J, Schilder Anne G M, Sanders Elisabeth A M, Smit Henriette A, Bruijning-Verhagen Patricia C J L jan 2019, In: Annals of Family Medicine. 17 , p. 7-13 7 p.

The associations of air pollution, traffic noise and green space with overweight throughout childhood:The PIAMA birth cohort study

Bloemsma Lizan D., Wijga Alet H., Klompmaker Jochem O., Janssen Nicole A.H., Smit Henriëtte A., Koppelman Gerard H., Brunekreef Bert, Lebret Erik, Hoek Gerard, Gehring Ulrike 20 nov 2018, In: Environmental Research. 169 , p. 348-356 9 p.

Influence of maternal obesity on the association between common pregnancy complications and risk of childhood obesity:an individual participant data meta-analysis

Patro Golab Bernadeta, Santos Susana, Voerman Ellis, Lawlor Debbie A., Jaddoe Vincent W.V., Gaillard Romy, Patro Golab Bernadeta, Santos Susana, Voerman Ellis, Barros Henrique, Bergström Anna, Charles Marie Aline, Chatzi Leda, Chevrier Cécile, Chrousos George P., Corpeleijn Eva, Costet Nathalie, Crozier Sarah, Devereux Graham, Eggesbø Merete, Ekström Sandra, Fantini Maria P., Farchi Sara, Forastiere Francesco, Georgiu Vagelis, Godfrey Keith M., Gori Davide, Hanke Wojciech, Hertz-Picciotto Irva, Heude Barbara, Hryhorczuk Daniel, Inskip Hazel, Ibarluzea Jesus, Kenny Louise C., Küpers Leanne K., Lagström Hanna, Lehmann Irina, Lenters Virissa, Llop Sabrina Llop, Magnus Per, Majewska Renata, Mäkelä Johanna, Manios Yannis, McAuliffe Fionnuala M., McDonald Sheila W., Mehegan John, Mommers Monique, Morgen Camilla S., Smit Henriette A., van Rossem Lenie, 1 nov 2018, In: The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health. 2 , p. 812-821 10 p.

Air pollution exposure and lung function until age 16 years:the PIAMA birth cohort study

Milanzi Edith B, Koppelman Gerard H, Smit Henriette A, Wijga Alet H, Oldenwening Marieke, Vonk Judith M, Brunekreef Bert, Gehring Ulrike sep 2018, In: The European respiratory journal. 52

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