Universiteit Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands
Dr Gerard Hoek is Associate Professor at the Institute of Risk Assessment Sciences at Utrecht University, a leading institute in environmental epidemiology and exposure assessment. He has more than 20 year experience in performing research in air pollution exposure assessment and epidemiology. His main research has been exposure assessment and epidemiological studies of respiratory and cardiovascular effects of short and long-term exposure to fine and ultrafine particles. He graduated in 1986 as an environmental hygienist, and in 1992 obtained his PhD degree in air pollution epidemiology (short-term respiratory health effects of outdoor air pollution in children). He has been principal investigator and senior scientist in a large number of European Union (EU) funded studies in the field of environmental health. He has advised US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), EU, WHO, Boston-based Health Effects Institute and other national and international bodies, been a reviewer for major biomedical and epidemiological journals and co-author of over about 250 peer reviewed papers in the fields of environmental exposure assessment & epidemiology. He coordinated exposure assessment and the cardio-respiratory mortality effects of outdoor air pollution in the multi-center ESCAPE study. His recent research interests include health effects of combined exposure to air pollution, noise and greenness and development of models using mobile monitoring.