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

  • 2020
    • Geraets, A. F. J., van Agtmaal, M. J. M., Stehouwer, C. D. A., Sörensen, B. M., Berendschot, T. T. J. M., Webers, C. A. B., Schaper, N. C., Henry, R. M. A., van der Kallen, C. J. H., Eussen, S. J. P. M., Koster, A., van Sloten, T. T., Köhler, S., Schram, M. T., & Houben, A. J. H. M. (2020). Association of Markers of Microvascular Dysfunction With Prevalent and Incident Depressive Symptoms: The Maastricht Study. Hypertension, 76(2), 342-349. https://doi.org/10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.120.15260
    • Zhou, T. L., Rensma, S. P., van der Heide, F. C. T., Henry, R. M. A., Kroon, A. A., Houben, A. J. H. M., Jansen, J. F. A., Backes, W. H., Berendschot, T. T. J. M., Schouten, J. S. A. G., van Dongen, M. C. J. M., Eussen, S. J. P. M., Dagnelie, P. C., Webers, C. A. B., Schram, M. T., Schalkwijk, C. G., van Sloten, T. T., & Stehouwer, C. D. A. (2020). Blood pressure variability and microvascular dysfunction: the Maastricht Study. Journal of Hypertension, 38(8), 1541-1550. https://doi.org/10.1097/HJH.0000000000002444
    • den Biggelaar, L. J. C. J., Sep, S. J. S., Mari, A., Ferrannini, E., van Dongen, M. C. J. M., Wijckmans, N. E. G., Schram, M. T., van der Kallen, C. J., Schaper, N., Henry, R. M. A., van Greevenbroek, M. M., Stehouwer, C. D. A., & Eussen, S. J. P. M. (2020). Association of artificially sweetened and sugar-sweetened soft drinks with β-cell function, insulin sensitivity, and type 2 diabetes: the Maastricht Study. European Journal of Nutrition, 59(4), 1717-1727. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00394-019-02026-0
    • Martens, R. J. H., Henry, R. M. A., Bekers, O., Dagnelie, P. C., van Dongen, M. C. J. M., Eussen, S. J. P. M., van Greevenbroek, M., Kroon, A. A., Stehouwer, C. D. A., Wesselius, A., Meex, S. J. R., & Kooman, J. P. (2020). Associations of 24-Hour Urinary Sodium and Potassium Excretion with Cardiac Biomarkers: The Maastricht Study. Journal of Nutrition, 150(6), 1413-1424. https://doi.org/10.1093/jn/nxaa080
    • Rensma, S. P., Stehouwer, C. D. A., Van Boxtel, M. P. J., Houben, A. J. H. M., Berendschot, T. T. J. M., Jansen, J. F. A., Schalkwijk, C. G., Verhey, F. R. J., Kroon, A. A., Henry, R. M. A., Backes, W. H., Dagnelie, P. C., van Dongen, M. C. J. M., Eussen, S. J. P. M., Bosma, H., Köhler, S., Reesink, K. D., Schram, M. T., & van Sloten, T. T. (2020). Associations of Arterial Stiffness With Cognitive Performance, and the Role of Microvascular Dysfunction: The Maastricht Study. Hypertension, 75(6), 1607-1614. https://doi.org/10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.119.14307
    • DiOGenes Consortium (2020). Metabolic profiling of tissue-specific insulin resistance in human obesity: results from the Diogenes study and the Maastricht Study. International Journal of Obesity, 44(6), 1376-1386. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41366-020-0565-z
    • Sorensen, B. M., van der Heide, F. C. T., Houben, A. J. H. M., Koster, A., Berendschot, T. T. J. M., Schouten, J. S. A. G., Kroon, A. A., van der Kallen, C. J. H., Henry, R. M. A., van Dongen, M. C. J. M., Eussen, S. J. P. M., Savelberg, H. H. C. M., van der Berg, J. D., Schaper, N. C., Schram, M. T., & Stehouwer, C. D. A. (2020). Higher levels of daily physical activity are associated with better skin microvascular function in type 2 diabetes-The Maastricht Study. Microcirculation, 27(4), [12611]. https://doi.org/10.1111/micc.12611
    • Willemse, J. P. M. M., Meertens, L. J. E., Scheepers, H. C. J., Achten, N. M. J., Eussen, S. J., van Dongen, M. C., & Smits, L. J. M. (2020). Calcium intake from diet and supplement use during early pregnancy: the Expect study I. European Journal of Nutrition, 59(1), 167-174. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00394-019-01896-8
    • Koole, J. L., Bours, M. J. L., Breedveld-Peters, J. J. L., van Roekel, E. H., van Dongen, M. C. J. M., Eussen, S. J. P. M., van Zutphen, M., van Duijnhoven, F. J. B., Boshuizen, H. C., & Weijenberg, M. P. (2020). Evaluating the Validity of a Food Frequency Questionnaire in Comparison with a 7-Day Dietary Record for Measuring Dietary Intake in a Population of Survivors of Colorectal Cancer. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120(2), 245-257. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jand.2019.09.008
    • Vergoossen, L. W., Schram, M. T., de Jong, J. J., Stehouwer, C. D., Schaper, N. C., Henry, R. M., van der Kallen, C. J., Dagnelie, P. C., van Boxtel, M. P., Eussen, S. J., Backes, W. H., & Jansen, J. F. (2020). White Matter Connectivity Abnormalities in Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes: The Maastricht Study. Diabetes Care, 43(1), 201-208. https://doi.org/10.2337/dc19-0762