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

  • 2013
    • Sulo, G., Vollset, S. E., Nygard, O., Midttun, O., Ueland, P. M., Eussen, S. J. P. M., Pedersen, E. R., & Tell, G. S. (2013). Neopterin and kynurenine-tryptophan ratio as predictors of coronary events in older adults, the Hordaland Health Study. International Journal of Cardiology, 168(2), 1435-1440. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijcard.2012.12.090
    • Eussen, S. J. P. M., Nilsen, R. M., Midttun, O., Hustad, S., IJssennagger, N., Meyer, K., Fredriksen, A., Ulvik, A., Ueland, P. M., Brennan, P., Johansson, M., Bueno-de-Mesquita, H. B., Vineis, P., Chuang, S-C., Boutron-Ruault, M-C., Dossus, L., Perquier, F., Overvad, K., Teucher, B., ... Vollset, S. E. (2013). North-south gradients in plasma concentrations of B-vitamins and other components of one-carbon metabolism in Western Europe: results from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) Study. British Journal of Nutrition, 110(2), 363-374. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0007114512004990
    • Theofylaktopoulou, D., Midttun, O., Ulvik, A., Ueland, P. M., Tell, G. S., Vollset, S. E., Nygard, O., & Eussen, S. J. P. M. (2013). A community-based study on determinants of circulating markers of cellular immune activation and kynurenines: the Hordaland Health Study. Clinical and Experimental Immunology, 173(1), 121-130. https://doi.org/10.1111/cei.12092
  • 2012
    • Hustad, S., Eussen, S., Midttun, O., Ulvik, A., van de Kant, P. M., Morkrid, L., Gislefoss, R., & Ueland, P. M. (2012). Kinetic Modeling of Storage Effects on Biomarkers Related to B Vitamin Status and One-Carbon Metabolism. Clinical Chemistry, 58(2), 402-410. https://doi.org/10.1373/clinchem.2011.174490
  • 2011
    • Verhagen, H., Luteijn, J., White, B., Eussen, S., Rompelberg, C., Hoekstra, J., & Tijhuis, M. J. (2011). Integrated benefit-risk assessment of food and pharma. European Journal of Pharmacology, 668(Suppl. 1).
  • 2010
    • Eussen, S., Klungel, O., Garssen, J., Verhagen, F. J. J., van Kranen, H., van Loveren, H., & Rompelberg, C. (2010). Support of drug therapy using functional foods and dietary supplements: focus on statin therapy. British Journal of Nutrition, 103(9), 1260-1277. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0007114509993230