prof. dr. R.C.H. (Roel) Vermeulen

prof. dr. R.C.H. (Roel) Vermeulen

Full Professor
prof. dr. R.C.H. (Roel) Vermeulen
  • Omgevingsepidemiologie&Exposoom analyse



Roel Vermeulen is Professor of Environmental Epidemiology and Exposome Science at Utrecht University and the director of the Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences (IRAS) at Utrecht University and the UMC Utrecht. He holds a professor position at the Julius Center, Department Public Health Healthcare Innovation and Medical Humanities (UMC Utrecht) and a Visiting Professorship at Imperial College London, UK.


Research focus: environmental risk assessment

His scientific research focuses on environmental risk factors for non-communicable diseases with a strong emphasis on integrating epidemiology, high quality exposure assessment, and molecular biology into multidisciplinary investigations.


One of his main research areas is the exploration of new methods for quantifying the external and internal exposome. The exposome concept refers to all environmental factors that we humans are exposed to on a daily basis: what we eat, the air we breathe, our social interactions and lifestyle choices such as smoking and exercising. Interacting with the genome, the exposome defines individual health at different stages throughout the life course, including foetal life. Researchers in the field of the exposome are trying to capture everything to understand which, how, in what quantities, and in what circumstances environmental drivers have an effect on our health. 

Research Output (25)

Blood metal levels and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis risk:a prospective cohort

Peters Susan, Broberg Karin, Gallo Valentina, Levi Michael, Kippler Maria, Vineis Paolo, Veldink Jan, van den Berg Leonard, Middleton Lefkos, Travis Ruth C, Bergmann Manuela M, Palli Domenico, Grioni Sara, Tumino Rosario, Elbaz Alexis, Vlaar Tim, Mancini Francesca, Kühn Tilman, Katzke Verena, Agudo Antonio, Goñi Fernando, Gómez Jesús-Humberto, Rodríguez-Barranco Miguel, Merino Susana, Barricarte Aurelio, Trichopoulou Antonia, Jenab Mazda, Weiderpass Elisabete, Vermeulen Roel 17 okt 2020, In: Annals of Neurology. 89 , p. 125-133 9 p.

Blood pressure and risk of cancer in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition

Christakoudi Sofia, Kakourou Artemisia, Markozannes Georgios, Tzoulaki Ioanna, Weiderpass Elisabete, Brennan Paul, Gunter Marc, Dahm Christina C, Overvad Kim, Olsen Anja, Tjønneland Anne, Boutron-Ruault Marie-Christine, Madika Anne-Laure, Severi Gianluca, Katzke Verena, Kühn Tilman, Bergmann Manuela M, Boeing Heiner, Karakatsani Anna, Martimianaki Georgia, Thriskos Paschalis, Masala Giovanna, Sieri Sabina, Panico Salvatore, Tumino Rosario, Ricceri Fulvio, Agudo Antonio, Redondo-Sánchez Daniel, Colorado-Yohar Sandra M, Mokoroa Olatz, Melander Olle, Stocks Tanja, Häggström Christel, Harlid Sophia, Bueno-de-Mesquita Bas, van Gils Carla H, Vermeulen Roel C H, Khaw Kay-Tee, Wareham Nicholas J, Tong Tammy Y N, Freisling Heinz, Johansson Mattias, Lennon Hannah, Aune Dagfinn, Riboli Elio, Trichopoulos Dimitrios, Trichopoulou Antonia, Tsilidis Konstantinos K 15 mei 2020, In: International Journal of Cancer. 146 , p. 2680-2693 14 p.

Household fuel use and adverse pregnancy outcomes in a Ghanaian cohort study

Weber Eartha, Adu-Bonsaffoh Kwame, Vermeulen Roel, Klipstein-Grobusch Kerstin, Grobbee Diederick E, Browne Joyce L, Downward George S 22 feb 2020, In: Reproductive health. 17

The mediating effect of immune markers on the association between ambient air pollution and adult-onset asthma

Mostafavi Nahid, Jeong Ayoung, Vlaanderen Jelle, Imboden Medea, Vineis Paolo, Jarvis Debbie, Kogevinas Manolis, Probst-Hensch Nicole, Vermeulen Roel 1 dec 2019, In: Scientific Reports. 9

Association Between Soft Drink Consumption and Mortality in 10 European Countries

Mullee Amy, Romaguera Dora, Pearson-Stuttard Jonathan, Viallon Vivian, Stepien Magdalena, Freisling Heinz, Fagherazzi Guy, Mancini Francesca Romana, Boutron-Ruault Marie-Christine, Kühn Tilman, Kaaks Rudolf, Boeing Heiner, Aleksandrova Krasimira, Tjønneland Anne, Halkjær Jytte, Overvad Kim, Weiderpass Elisabete, Skeie Guri, Parr Christine L, Quirós J Ramón, Agudo Antonio, Sánchez Maria-Jose, Amiano Pilar, Cirera Lluís, Ardanaz Eva, Khaw Kay-Tee, Tong Tammy Y N, Schmidt Julie A, Trichopoulou Antonia, Martimianaki Georgia, Karakatsani Anna, Palli Domenico, Agnoli Claudia, Tumino Rosario, Sacerdote Carlotta, Panico Salvatore, Bueno-de-Mesquita Bas, Verschuren W M Monique, Boer Jolanda M A, Vermeulen Roel, Ramne Stina, Sonestedt Emily, van Guelpen Bethany, Holgersson Pernilla Lif, Tsilidis Konstantinos K, Heath Alicia K, Muller David, Riboli Elio, Gunter Marc J, Murphy Neil, 3 sep 2019, In: JAMA Internal Medicine. 179 , p. 1479-1490 12 p.

Antibody Responses to Fusobacterium nucleatum Proteins in Prediagnostic Blood Samples are not Associated with Risk of Developing Colorectal Cancer

Butt Julia, Jenab Mazda, Pawlita Michael, Overvad Kim, Tjonneland Anne, Olsen Anja, Boutron-Ruault Marie-Christine, Carbonnel Franck, Mancini Francesca Romana, Kaaks Rudolf, Kühn Tilman, Boeing Heiner, Trichopoulou Antonia, Karakatsani Anna, Palli Domenico, Pala Valeria Maria, Tumino Rosario, Sacerdote Carlotta, Panico Salvatore, Bueno-de-Mesquita Bas, van Gils Carla H, Vermeulen Roel C H, Weiderpass Elisabete, Quirós José Ramón, Duell Eric Jeffrey, Sánchez Maria-Jose, Dorronsoro Miren, Huerta José María, Ardanaz Eva, Van Guelpen Bethany, Harlid Sophia, Perez-Cornago Aurora, Gunter Marc J, Murphy Neil, Freisling Heinz, Aune Dagfinn, Waterboer Tim, Hughes David J sep 2019, In: Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention. 28 , p. 1552-1555 4 p.

Effect modification of the association between total cigarette smoking and ALS risk by intensity, duration and time-since-quitting:Euro-MOTOR

Peters Susan, Visser Anne E, D'Ovidio Fabrizio, Vlaanderen Jelle, Portengen Lützen, Beghi Ettore, Chio Adriano, Logroscino Giancarlo, Hardiman Orla, Pupillo Elisabetta, Veldink Jan H, Vermeulen Roel, van den Berg Leonard H, 21 aug 2019, In: Journal of neurology, neurosurgery, and psychiatry. 91 , p. 33-39 7 p.

Peritoneal mesothelioma and asbestos exposure:a population-based case-control study in Lombardy, Italy

Consonni Dario, Calvi Cristina, De Matteis Sara, Mirabelli Dario, Landi Maria Teresa, Caporaso Neil E., Peters Susan, Vermeulen Roel, Kromhout Hans, Dallari Barbara, Pesatori Angela Cecilia, Riboldi Luciano, Mensi Carolina 1 aug 2019, In: Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 76 , p. 545-553 9 p.

Parkinson's disease and long-term exposure to outdoor air pollution:A matched case-control study in the Netherlands

Toro Rosario, Downward George S., van der Mark Marianne, Brouwer Maartje, Huss Anke, Peters Susan, Hoek Gerard, Nijssen Peter, Mulleners Wim M., Sas Antonetta, van Laar Teus, Kromhout Hans, Vermeulen Roel 1 aug 2019, In: Environment International. 129 , p. 28-34 7 p.

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