Professor Ronald Stolk, University Medical Center Groningen, Netherlands

Professor Ronald Stolk is an internationally established researcher in clinical epidemiology. In recent years his research has focused on life-course epidemiologic approaches to chronic diseases, based on cohort and biobank studies. He is the Chief Scientific Officer of the LifeLines project, a three-generation longitudinal population-based study and biobank investigating risk factors of multifactorial diseases, including 167.729 participants in three generations. He is a board member of PSI (Parelsnoer Institute, a series of disease-based cohorts in all Dutch UMC’s), which is the basis for his clinical studies. Moreover, he is co-investigator of several (inter)national biobank collaborative studies. He has supervised more than 35 PhD projects and published over 250 papers in international peer-reviewed journals. In 2014, Professor Stolk was appointed director “Research Data & Biobanking” for the University Medical Center Groningen under the Dean of Research. In this role he coordinates the facilities for UMCG researchers on Big Data and large-scale long- term storage of biomaterials.