Second generation principal investigator of the Zutphen Study
Daan Kromhout (1950) retooled the nutritional studies of the Seven Countries Study when he was named Principal Investigator of the Zutphen Study by the Dutch authorities in 1978. He assumed together with Alessandro Menotti the central direction of follow up and data analysis of the Seven Countries Study following publication by Keys and colleagues of the ten-year study monograph in 1980.
In 1985 he initiated the Zutphen Elderly Study in which the traditional cardiovascular survey was extended as a prospective study of healthy ageing. Together with Aulikki Nissinen and Alessandro Menotti he coordinated the Finland, Italy, Netherlands, Elderly (FINE) Study. He became in 2001 the project leader of the HALE (Healthy Ageing Longitudinal study in Europe) project.
The Zutphen Study hosted two major conferences of the principal investigators on Seven Countries Study findings in 1990 and 2002.
Kromhout received a MSc (in 1974) and a PhD (in 1978) in human nutrition from Wageningen University, and a MPH in epidemiology from the University of Minnesota in 1981. He served as Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology of Leiden University from 1984-1994 and, since 1994, as Professor of Public Health Research of Wageningen University. He was appointed vice-president of the Health Council of the Netherlands in 2005 and is Academy professor of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences since 2010.
Read more about Daan Kromhout at www.professorDaanKromhout.nl