prof. dr. Martijn Huisman

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Martijn Huisman is Professor of Epidemiology of Ageing. His Professorship is embedded in the VU Faculty of Social Science, department of Sociology and in the Amsterdam UMC, department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. This reflects his interdisciplinary research, which revolves around themes related to ageing, social determinants of ageing and health inequalities. Before moving to the Vrije Universiteit in 2009, he held research positions at the Groningen University Medical Center and ErasmusMC. Huisman is the current PI of the Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam.


Key research priorities of Huisman include 'resilience of older adults', 'health inequalities in old age', 'ageing and wellbeing', all themes that fit the broader category of human ageing research. His aim is to identify social and societal processes that impact on the daily functioning of older people. The goal is to improve the daily of functioning of older Dutch adults. To this end, Huisman combines insights from sociological theory, such as Fundamental Cause Theory, and epidemiological methods in his research.


Huisman received multiple research grants from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research and the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development. Among others, he received a VIDI fellowship grant for his research on resilience in old age. Huisman has been successful in securing funding for maintaining and expanding on a key infrastructure for social science on ageing, the Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam, through several investment subsidies. He is a partner in several ongoing research consortia that bring together data from multiple longitudinal cohort studies to investigate determinants of functioning in old age.  


Huisman is a regular guest lecturer in curricula within the Vrije Universiteit, e.g. in Health Sciences and Medicine. His lectures include topics like health inequalities, class and ageing, and demography of ageing. He has supervised several BSc and MSc theses, involving research with data from the Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam.


  • Older adults
  • Ageing
  • Socioeconomic status
  • Health inequality

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Longitudinal Studies Medicine & Life Sciences
Health Medicine & Life Sciences
Netherlands Medicine & Life Sciences
Depression Medicine & Life Sciences
Vegetables Medicine & Life Sciences
Education Medicine & Life Sciences
Chronic Disease Medicine & Life Sciences
Fruit Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 2009 2019

Educational inequalities in health after work exit: the role of work characteristics

de Breij, S., Qvist, J. Y., Holman, D., Mäcken, J., Seitsamo, J., Huisman, M. & Deeg, D. J. H., 12 Nov 2019, In : BMC Public Health. 19, 1, p. 1-15 15 p., 1515.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Longitudinal Studies

Factors across life associated with remaining free from functional limitations despite lifelong exposure to socioeconomic adversity

Kok, A. A. L., Stafford, M., Cosco, T. D., Huisman, M., Deeg, D., Kuh, D. & Cooper, R., 16 Feb 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. p. 1-8 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Marital Status
Self Care
Health Surveys
Biomedical Research

How Tough Times Become Good Times: Studies on socioeconomic inequality, resilience, and successful aging

Kok, A. A. L., 2019, 250 p.

Research output: PhD ThesisPhD Thesis - Research VU, graduation VUAcademic

Open Access

Long-term exposure to anticholinergic and sedative medications and cognitive and physical function in later life

Wouters, H., Hilmer, S. N., Gnjidic, D., Van Campen, J. P., Teichert, M., Van Der Meer, H. G., Schaap, L. A., Huisman, M., Comijs, H. C., Denig, P., Lamoth, C. J. & Taxis, K., 21 Jan 2019, In : The journals of gerontology. Series A, Biological sciences and medical sciences.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Cholinergic Antagonists
Hypnotics and Sedatives

Neighbourhood characteristics and prevalence and severity of depression: pooled analysis of eight Dutch cohort studies

Generaal, E., Hoogendijk, E. O., Stam, M., Henke, C. E., Rutters, F., Oosterman, M., Huisman, M., Kramer, S. E., Elders, P. J. M., Timmermans, E. J., Lakerveld, J., Koomen, E., Ten Have, M., De Graaf, R., Snijder, M. B., Stronks, K., Willemsen, G., Boomsma, D. I., Smit, J. H. & Penninx, B. W. J. H., 1 Aug 2019, In : The British journal of psychiatry : the journal of mental science. 215, 2, p. 468-475 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Cohort Studies
Odds Ratio
Social Security

Activities 2011 2019

Inequalities in life and death

Martijn Huisman (Examiner)
27 May 2019

Activity: PhD thesis ExaminationPhD thesis examination

Nutrition and depressive symptoms: a longitudinal perspective

Martijn Huisman (Examiner)
4 Jul 2019

Activity: PhD thesis ExaminationPhD thesis examination

Feedbacksession Sustainable Care and Prevention program of RIVM (Event)

Martijn Huisman (Reviewer)
13 Feb 2019

Activity: Peer review and Editorial workPeer reviewProfessional

A Novel Strategy to reduce Dizziness

Martijn Huisman (Examiner)
8 Feb 2019

Activity: PhD thesis ExaminationPhD thesis examination


William Evans Fellowship

Martijn Huisman (Recipient), 21 Apr 2016


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