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Femke Rutters

Femke Rutters is Assistant Professor at the department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics at the Amsterdam University Medical Centers, location VU Medical Center, where she leads the research line on ‘Psychosocial factors in the development and regulation of obesity and diabetes’.

She obtained her Master degree in Medical Biology (2005; cum laude) at the Radboud University Nijmegen and her PhD in Human Biology (2009) at Maastricht University, the Netherlands. Her PhD research was focused on the role of genetic, behavioral and endocrine factors in the development and regulation of body-weight. After obtaining her PhD, she worked as a postdoc (2009–2011) at Maastricht University, supported by a personal grant of the research institute (Kootstra fellowship) on the role of sleep quantity, quality and timing on energy balance regulation. After successfully applying for an Intra-European Marie Curie Fellowship, she joined Dr. Higgs’ lab at the University of Birmingham in the UK, where she studied the role of the brain in obesity, using EEG and fMRI. In 2012, supported by an EGMO+ EU fellowship, she joined the department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics of the VUMC, to continue her work on the role of stress, sleep, circadian misalignment in the development of obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Dr Rutters has received several awards and funding from European Union, IMI, the Dutch Diabetes Fund and the EFSD. She is the Treasurer of the European Diabetes Epidemiology Group (EDEG). Currently, she has published over 85 peer-reviewed articles.

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