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

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

Full Professor
prof. dr. ir. H.A. (Jet) Smit
  • Julius Center, dept. Global Public Health & Bioethics



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 (185)

The association of pure fruit juice, sugar-sweetened beverages and fruit consumption with asthma prevalence in adolescents growing up from 11 to 20 years:The PIAMA birth cohort study

Scheffers Floor R, Boer Jolanda M A, Gehring Ulrike, Koppelman Gerard H, Vonk Judith, Smit Henriëtte A, Monique Verschuren W M, Wijga Alet H Aug 2022, In: Preventive Medicine Reports. 28

Substitution of pure fruit juice for fruit and sugar-sweetened beverages and cardiometabolic risk in European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC)-NL::a prospective cohort study

Scheffers Floor R, Boer Jolanda M A, Wijga Alet H, van der Schouw Yvonne T, Smit Henriëtte A, Verschuren W M Monique Jun 2022, In: Public Health Nutrition. 25 , p. 1504-1514 11 p.

Early childhood infections and body mass index in adolescence

Prins-van Ginkel Annemarijn C, Wijga Alet H, Bruijning-Verhagen Patricia C J, Brunekreef Bert, Gehring Ulrike, van der Hoek Wim, Koppelman Gerard H, van Rossem Lenie, van der Sande Marianne A B, Smit Henriëtte A May 2021, In: International Journal of Obesity. 45 , p. 1143-1151 9 p.

A widening gap between boys and girls in musculoskeletal complaints, while growing up from age 11 to age 20 - the PIAMA birth Cohort study

Picavet H. Susan J., Gehring Ulrike, van Haselen Amanda, Koppelman Gerard H., van de Putte Elise M., Vader Sarah, van der Wouden J. (Hans) C., Schmits Ruben J.H., Smit Henriette A., Wijga Alet Apr 2021, In: European Journal of Pain (United Kingdom). 25 , p. 902-912 11 p.

Pure Fruit Juice and Fruit Consumption Are Not Associated with Incidence of Type 2 Diabetes after Adjustment for Overall Dietary Quality in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition-Netherlands (EPIC-NL) Study

Scheffers Floor R, Wijga Alet H, Verschuren W M Monique, van der Schouw Yvonne T, Sluijs Ivonne, Smit Henriëtte A, Boer Jolanda M A 14 Jan 2020, In: Journal of Nutrition. 150 , p. 1470-1477 8 p.

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 Oct 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 May 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.

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