Simone Eussen

Assistant Professor

Dr Simone Eussen's research focusses on the role of nutrition and underlying metabolic and molecular processes in the aetiology of common chronic diseases. She has built a strong track record on B-vitamins, related molecular one-carbon and kynurenine pathways, and chronic diseases during her PhD (Wageningen Universtiy) and post-doc (Bergen, Norway; also supported by a prestigious personal research grant from the Norwegian Research Council). She integrated this expertise to study quality of food intake at Maastricht University. Funds granted by the NWO (BBMRI) and the European JPI (Dedipac) focussed on methodological aspects of dietary assessment.

Her current work involves study of dietary quality (at nutrient and bioactive compound, food group, and dietary patterns level) in relation to chronic disease, including T2DM, CVD and mental disorders. Additionally, she expanded her focus to the emerging field of ‘chrono-nutrition’, and is member of the CIRCLE-DOME (CIRcadian CLock and timing of Eating on Diabetes, Obesity ad MEtabolism) network. Different aspects of dietary timing will be studied in relation to metabolic, cardiovascular and mental phenotypes to gain new insight in the role of chrono-nutrition in common pathologies within the framework of population based studies (for example The Maastricht Study; one of the world’s leading deep-phenotying population-based studies on T2DM and its comorbidities).

Department of Epidemiology
P. Debeyeplein 1, 6229 HX Maastricht 
PO Box 5800, 6202 AZ Maastricht
Room number: A2.018
T: +31(0)43 388 24 51

  • 2022
    • Vandercappellen, E. J., Koster, A., Savelberg, H. H. C. M., Eussen, S. J. P. M., Dagnelie, P. C., Schaper, N. C., Schram, M. T., van der Kallen, C. J. H., van Greevenbroek, M. M. J., Wesselius, A., Schalkwijk, C. G., Kroon, A. A., Henry, R. M. A., & Stehouwer, C. D. A. (2022). Sedentary behaviour and physical activity are associated with biomarkers of endothelial dysfunction and low-grade inflammation-relevance for (pre)diabetes: The Maastricht Study. Diabetologia, 65(5), 777-789. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00125-022-05651-3
    • Linkens, A. M. A., Houben, A. J., Niessen, P. M., Wijckmans, N., de Goei, E., Van den Eynde, M. D. G., Scheijen, J. L. J. M., Waarenburg, M., Mari, A., Berendschot, T. T. J. M., Streese, L., Hanssen, H., van Dongen, M. C. J. M., van Gool, C., Stehouwer, C. D. A., Eussen, S. J. P. M., & Schalkwijk, C. (2022). A 4-week high-AGE diet does not impair glucose metabolism and vascular function in obese individuals. JCI INSIGHT, 7(6), [156950]. https://doi.org/10.1172/jci.insight.156950
    • Linkens, A. M. A., Houben, A. J. H. M., Kroon, A. A., Schram, M. T., Berendschot, T. T. J. M., Webers, C. A. B., van Greevenbroek, M., Henry, R. M. A., de Galan, B., Stehouwer, C. D. A., Eussen, S. J. M. P., & Schalkwijk, C. G. (2022). Habitual intake of dietary advanced glycation end products is not associated with generalized microvascular function-the Maastricht Study. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 115(2), 444-455. https://doi.org/10.1093/ajcn/nqab302
    • Obeid, R., Eussen, S. J. P. M., Mommers, M., Smits, L., & Thijs, C. (2022). Imbalanced Folate and Vitamin B12 in the Third Trimester of Pregnancy and its Association with Birthweight and Child Growth up to 2 Years. Molecular Nutrition & Food Research, 66(2), [2100662]. https://doi.org/10.1002/mnfr.202100662
  • 2021
    • van der Heide, F. C. T., Steens, I. L. M., Geraets, A. F. J., Foreman, Y. D., Henry, R. M. A., Kroon, A. A., van der Kallen, C. J. H., van Sloten, T. T., Dagnelie, P. C., van Dongen, M. C. J. M., Eussen, S. J. P. M., Berendschot, T. T. J. M., Schouten, J. S. A. G., Webers, C. A. B., van Greevenbroek, M. M. J., Wesselius, A., Koster, A., Schaper, N. C., Schram, M. T., ... Stehouwer, C. D. A. (2021). Association of Retinal Nerve Fiber Layer Thickness, an Index of Neurodegeneration, With Depressive Symptoms Over Time. Jama network open, 4(11), e2134753. [2134753]. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.34753
    • van Gennip, A. C. E., Stehouwer, C. D. A., van Boxtel, M. P. J., Verhey, F. R. J., Koster, A., Kroon, A. A., Köhler, S., van Greevenbroek, M. M. J., Wesselius, A., Eussen, S. J. P. M., Backes, W. H., Jansen, J. F., Schram, M. T., Henry, R. M. A., Singh-Manoux, A., & van Sloten, T. T. (2021). Association of Type 2 Diabetes, According to the Number of Risk Factors Within Target Range, With Structural Brain Abnormalities, Cognitive Performance, and Risk of Dementia. Diabetes Care, 44(11), 2493-2502. https://doi.org/10.2337/dc21-0149
    • Bakker, L., Ramakers, I. H. G. B., van Boxtel, M. P. J., Schram, M. T., Stehouwer, C. D. A., van der Kallen, C. J. H., Dagnelie, P. C., van Greevenbroek, M. M. J., Wesselius, A., Midttun, Ø., Ueland, P. M., Verhey, F. R. J., Eussen, S. J. P. M., & Köhler, S. (2021). Associations between plasma kynurenines and cognitive function in individuals with normal glucose metabolism, prediabetes and type 2 diabetes: the Maastricht Study. Diabetologia, 64(11), 2445-2457. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00125-021-05521-4
    • Wu, W., Bours, M., Koole, A., Kenkhuis, M. F., Eussen, S., Breukink, S., van Schooten, F., Weijenberg, M., & Hageman, G. (2021). Cross-Sectional Associations between Dietary Daily Nicotinamide Intake and Patient-Reported Outcomes in Colorectal Cancer Survivors, 2 to 10 Years Post-Diagnosis. Nutrients, 13(11), [3707]. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu13113707
    • Gianfredi, V., Beran, M., Koster, A., Eussen, S. J. P. M., Odone, A., Signorelli, C., Schaper, N. C., Köhler, S., Bosma, H., Dagnelie, P. C., Stehouwer, C. D. A., Wesselius, A., Amerio, A., Brinkhues, S., Dukers-Muijrers, N., & Schram, M. T. (2021). Association between social network characteristics and prevalent and incident depression: The Maastricht Study. Journal of Affective Disorders, 293, 338-346. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2021.06.046
    • Molto-Puigmarti, C., Obeid, R., Mommers, M., Eussen, S. J. P. M., & Thijs, C. (2021). Maternal plasma choline and betaine in late pregnancy and child growth up to age 8 years in the KOALA Birth Cohort Study. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 114(4), 1438-1446. https://doi.org/10.1093/ajcn/nqab177