Katja (K.) van den Hurk PhD


MSc Health Sciences, MSc Epidemiology


Diabetes and the Heart
VU University

Research interests

Cohort studies, Donor characteristics, Cardiovascular health

Project overview donor studies


Epidemiology, Biostatistics


2013-present Senior Epidemiologist Donor Studies, Sanquin
2010-2012 Post-doc Epidemiology & Biostatistics, VU University Medical Center
2006-2012 PhD student Epidemiology & Biostatistics, VU University Medical Center
2006 Research Assistant Public Health, VU University Medical Center
2004-2005 Project Employee & Intern TNO Quality of Life

Other publications

  • Walraven I, van den Hurk K, van 't Riet E, Kamp O, Schalkwijk CG, Stehouwer CD, Paulus WJ, Moll AC, Dekker JM, Polak BC, Nijpels G. Low-grade inflammation and endothelial dysfunction explain the association between retinopathy and left ventricular ejection fraction in men: an 8-year follow-up of the Hoorn Study. J Diabetes Complications. 2014 Nov-Dec;28(6):819-23
  • Van Sloten TT, Schram MT, van den Hurk K, Dekker JM, Nijpels G, Henry RM, Stehouwer CD. Local stiffness of the carotid and femoral artery is associated with incident cardiovascular events and all-cause mortality - The Hoorn Study - J Am Coll Cardiol. 2014;63(17):1739-47.
  • Heringa SM, van den Berg E, Reijmer YD, Nijpels G, Stehouwer CD, Schalkwijk CG, Teerlink T, Scheffer PG, van den Hurk K, Kappelle LJ, Dekker JM, Biessels GJ. Markers of low-grade inflammation and endothelial dysfunction are related to reduced information processing speed and executive functioning in an older population - the Hoorn Study. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2014 Feb;40:108-18
  • Kroon MH, van den Hurk K, Alssema M, Kamp O, Stehouwer CD, Henry RM, Diamant M, Boomsma F, Nijpels G, Paulus WJ, Dekker JM. Prospective associations of B-type natriuretic peptide with markers of left ventricular function in individuals with and without type 2 diabetes: an 8-year follow-up of the Hoorn Study. Diabetes Care 2012; 35(12):2510-4.
  • Van Sijl AM, van den Hurk K, Peters MJ, van Halm VP, Nijpels G, Stehouwer CD, Smulders YV, Voskuyl AE, Dekker JM, Nurmohamed MT. Different type of carotid arterial wall remodeling in rheumatoid arthritis compared with healthy subjects: a case-control study. J Rheumatol 2012; 39(12):2261-6.
  • Pilz S, van den Hurk K, Nijpels G, Stehouwer CD, Van't Riet E, Kienreich K, Tomaschitz A, Dekker JM. Vitamin D status, incident diabetes and prospective changes in glucose metabolism in older subjects: the Hoorn study. Nutr Metab Cardiovasc Dis 2012; 22(10):883-9.
  • Van den Hurk K, Alssema M, Kamp O, Henry RM, Stehouwer CD, Smulders YM, Nijpels G, Paulus WJ, Dekker JM. Independent associations of glucose status and arterial stiffness with left ventricular diastolic dysfunction: an 8-year follow-up of the Hoorn Study. Diabetes Care 2012; 35(6):1258-64.
  • Van Ballegooijen AJ, Snijder MB, Visser M, van den Hurk K, Kamp O, Dekker JM, Nijpels G, Stehouwer CD, Henry RM, Paulus WJ, Brouwer IA. Vitamin D in relation to myocardial structure and function after eight years of follow-up: the Hoorn study. Ann Nutr Metab 2012; 60(1):69-77.
  • Van den Hurk K, Reijmer YD, van den Berg E, Alssema M, Nijpels G, Kostense PJ, Stehouwer CD, Paulus WJ, Kamp O, Dekker JM, Biessels GJ. Heart failure and cognitive function in the general population: the Hoorn Study. Eur J Heart Fail 2011; 13(12):1362-9.
  • Dijkema MB, Mallant SF, Gehring U, van den Hurk K, Alssema M, van Strien RT, Fischer PH, Nijpels G, Stehouwer CD, Hoek G, Dekker JM, Brunekreef B. Long-term exposure to traffic-related air pollution and type 2 diabetes prevalence in a cross-sectional screening-study in the Netherlands. Environ Health 2011; 10:76.
  • Van den Hurk K, Magliano DJ, Alssema M, Schlaich MP, Atkins RC, Reutens AT, Nijpels G, Dekker JM, Shaw JE. Type 2 diabetes strengthens the association between pulse pressure and chronic kidney disease: the AusDiab study. J Hypertens 2011; 29(5):953-60.
  • Van den Hurk K, Alssema M, Kamp O, Henry RM, Stehouwer CD, Diamant M, Boomsma F, Heine RJ, Nijpels G, Paulus WJ, Dekker JM. Slightly elevated B-type natriuretic peptide levels in a non-heart failure range indicate a worse left ventricular diastolic function in individuals with, as compared with individuals without, type 2 diabetes: the Hoorn Study. Eur J Heart Fail 2010; 12(9):958-65.
  • Van den Hurk K, van Dommelen P, van Buuren S, Verkerk PH, Hirasing RA. Prevalence of overweight and obesity in the Netherlands in 2003 compared to 1980 and 1997. Arch Dis Child 2007; 92(11):992-5.