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Welcome to the website of the section Child Health and Care Research.

Child Health & Care Research is one of the 5 research sections of the department of Public and Occupational Health of Amsterdam UMC (location: VU University Medical Center) and the Amsterdam Public Health research institute.

Investing in children is investing in the future. The section Child Health & Care Research focuses on scientific research that contributes to creating optimal opportunities for children and young people to grow up healthily and happily; from -9 months up to the age of 19.

Child Health & Care Research is characterized by excellent, multidisciplinary and socially relevant research aimed at epidemiology, development and evaluation of interventions, and implementations of innovations.
Key themes are:

- Stimulating a healthy lifestyle and development
- Prevention of metabolic dysfunction and diabetes
- Psychosocial health and cognition

The research line also participates in the Academic Collaborative Center Child Public Health, a fruitful collaboration between VU University Medical Center and five Municipal Health Services in North-Holland aiming to improve evidence-based Child Public Health.

This website provides information about our current projects and research team. Inspired people with a passion for child health promotion and research.

For more information or comments please contact us at +31204448203 or send an email to

Prof.dr. Mai Chin A Paw
Chair of the section Child Health and Care Research