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Marinka completed her MSc in Nutrition and Health at Wageningen University (the Netherlands), graduating from 2 specialisations ‘Nutrition and public health epidemiology’ and ‘Nutritional physiology’. As part of her MSc, she developed a prediction model of childhood obesity at the Dutch National Insitute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). Marinka also spend 5 months at the Cancer Epidemiology Unit of the University of Oxford, to investigate vitamin D intake and –status in vegans, vegetarians, pescetarians and omnivores. After graduating, she has worked in the Comprehensive Cancer Center South (IKZ), to conduct population-based analyses into the long-term prognosis for cancer survivors. After receiving a a 4-year PhD studentship from the British Heart Foundation, she completed an MPhil in Epidemiology with distinction, at the University of Cambridge, after which Marinka joined the Cardiovascular Epidemiology Unit to study for her PhD.
As part of her PhD, Marinka is studying the association of dietary fatty acids with coronary heart disease (CHD), as well as the role of gene-diet interactions in determining individual susceptibility to CHD. By conducting detailed analyses in data from the pan-European prospective case-cohort study EPIC-Heart, she will investigate the associations of saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids with CHD and intermediate risk factors. She will also assess the potential effects of substitution of fatty acids with specific macronutrients and potential differences in associations for fatty acids from various food sources, such as plant-derived, fish-derived and animal-derived PUFAs. Research into genetic interactions with dietary fatty acids will address candidate genes, individually and combined in a risk score, affecting relevant metabolic pathways. Marinka is very interested in a broad range of other nutrition-related topics as well, with a particular interest on the effects of dietary patterns and vegetarianism on cardiometabolic health.
Kunutsor SK, Apekey TA, Steur M. Vitamin D and risk of future hypertension: meta-analysis of 283,537 participants. Eur J Epidemiol. 2013 Mar;28(3):205-21. doi: 10.1007/s10654-013-9790-2. PMID: 23456138
Van Steenbergen LN, Steur M, Janssen-Heijnen MLG, et al. Minimal excess mortality for long-term colon cancer survivors in the Netherlands 1989–2008. Eur J Cancer. 2013 Feb;49(3):585-92. PMID: 22967727
Steur M, Smit HA, Wijga A, et al. Predicting the risk of newborn children to become overweight later in childhood. The PIAMA birth cohort study. Int J Pediatr Obes. 2011 Jun;6(2-2):e170-8. PMID: 20883125
Crowe FL*, Steur M*, Key TJ, et al. Plasma concentrations of 25-hydroxyvitamin D in meat eaters, fish eaters, vegetarians and vegans: results from the EPIC-Oxford study. Public Health Nutr. 2011 Feb;14(2):340-6. PMID: 20854716
*denoting equal contribution