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Mirjam Heinen

Lecturer/Assistant Professor

School Of Public Hlth, Phys & Sports Sci
Woodview House
Belfield
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7163432
Email: mirjam.heinen@ucd.ie

Biography

Dr Mirjam Heinen has a BSc in Nutrition and Dietetics from Arnhem-Nijmegen University of Professional Education (the Netherlands), an MSc in Nutrition and Health from Wageningen University (the Netherlands), and a PhD in Epidemiology from Maastricht University (the Netherlands). Her PhD was on 'Nutrition and other lifestyle factors in relation to pancreatic cancer in the Netherlands Cohort Study'. After her PhD, she worked for 2 years as a postdoctoral researcher with a heavy teaching load. Her research project was on the role of alcohol intake in the aetiology of lymphatic malignancies and her teaching was focused on courses in methodology, statistics and nutrition. In 2012, she started working as a postdoctoral research fellow at the National Nutrition Surveillance Centre (NNSC) in UCD. Her role involved managing the NNSC and collecting and analysing data on the Irish part of the WHO Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative. In 2016, she was appointed as Lecturer.

Professional

 

Associations

Association: The Nutrition Society, Function/Role: Member
Association: The Netherlands Epidemiological Society, Function/Role: Member
Association: International Epidemiological Association, Function/Role: Member
Association: Association for the Study of Obesity on the Island of Ireland, Function/Role: Member
       

Committees

Committee : UCD's Healthy Ireland - Research and Evidence Group
Committee : HSE National Healthy Eating and Active Living Implementation Group
Committee : World Health Organization (WHO) Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative (COSI) Technical Working Group
Committee : World Health Organization (WHO) Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative (COSI) Publication Group
 

Education

Year 2011 Institution: University of Maastricht
Qualification: PhD Subject:
Year 2006 Institution: Wageningen Univ. Netherlands
Qualification: MSc Subject:
Year 2001 Institution:
Qualification: BSc Subject: Arnhem-Nijmegen University of Professional Education

Languages

Dutch:
German:
English:
       

Publications

     

Peer Reviewed Journals

NCD Risk Factor Collaboration (NCD RisC) (2017) 'Worldwide trends in body-mass index, underweight, overweight, and obesity from 1975 to 2016: a pooled analysis of 2416 population-based measurement studies in 128·9 million children, adolescents, and adults'. Lancet, epub ahead . Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Logue, D; Madigan, SM; Delahunt, E; Heinen, M; Mc Donnell, S; Corish, CA (2017) 'Low Energy Availability in Athletes: A Review of Prevalence, Dietary Patterns, Physiological Health, and Sports Performance'. Sports Medicine, epub ahead . [DOI] [Details]
McKey, S; Heinen, M; Mehegan, J; Somerville, R; Khalil, H; Segurado, R; Murrin, C; Kelleher, CC; for the Lifeways Cross-Generation Cohort Study Steering Group (2017) 'Predictors of adults¿ body mass index and the association with index child¿s infant birth weight, in the Lifeways Cross-Generation Cohort Study of a thousand families in the Republic of Ireland'. Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, . [DOI] [Details]
O'Reilly P, Heinen MM, Viljoen K, O'Brien J, Somerville R, Murrin CM, Kelleher CC (2016) 'A Prospective Analysis of the Relationship Between Chronic Diseases and Adiposity in older adults: Findings from the Lifeways Cross-Generation Cohorts Study of a Thousand Families 2001-2014'. Irish Medical Journal, 109 (5):409. Link to full text [Details]
Wijnhoven TMA, van Raaij JMA, Spinelli A, Yngve A, Lissner L, Spiroski I, Farrugia Sant'Angelo V, Perez-Farinos N, Martos E, Heinen M, Kunesova M, Rito AI, Hovengen R, Starc G, Duleva V, Pudule I, Petrauskiene A, Braeckevelt L, Hassapidou M, Breda J, van 't Veer P (2016) 'WHO European Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative: impact of type of clothing worn during anthropometric measurements and timing of the survey on weight and body mass index outcome measures in 6-9-year-old children'. Epidemiology Research International, 2016 (Article ID 5130317):16 pages. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Heinen MM, van den Brandt PA, Schouten LJ, Goldbohm RA, Schouten HC, Verhage BA (2014) 'Dietary one-carbon nutrient intake and risk of lymphoid and myeloid neoplasms: results of the Netherlands Cohort Study'. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, 23 (10):2153-2164. [DOI] [Details]
Heinen MM, Verhage BA, Schouten LJ, Goldbohm RA, Schouten HC, van den Brandt PA (2013) 'Alcohol consumption and risk of lymphoid and myeloid neoplasms: results of the Netherlands Cohort Study'. International Journal of Cancer, 133 (7):1701-1712. [Details]
Eijgenraam P, Heinen MM, Verhage BA, Keulemans YC, Schouten LJ, van den Brandt PA (2013) 'Diabetes type II, other medical conditions and pancreatic cancer risk: a prospective study in The Netherlands'. British Journal of Cancer, . [Details]
Heinen MM, Verhage BA, Goldbohm RA, van den Brandt PA (2012) 'Intake of vegetables, fruits, carotenoids and vitamins C and E and pancreatic cancer risk in the Netherlands Cohort Study'. International Journal of Cancer, 130 (1):147-158. [Details]
Heinen MM, Verhage BA, Goldbohm RA, Lumey LH, van den Brandt PA (2011) 'Physical activity, energy restriction, and the risk of pancreatic cancer: a prospective study in the Netherlands'. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 94 (5):1314-1323. [Details]
Heinen MM, Verhage BA, Goldbohm RA, van den Brandt PA (2010) 'Active and passive smoking and the risk of pancreatic cancer in the Netherlands cohort study'. Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention, 19 (6):1612-1622. [Details]
Keszei AP, Verhage BA, Heinen MM, Goldbohm RA, van den Brandt PA (2009) 'Dietary folate and folate vitamers and the risk of pancreatic cancer in the Netherlands cohort study'. Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention, 18 (6):1785-1791. [Details]
Heinen MM, Verhage BA, Goldbohm RA, van den Brandt PA (2009) 'Meat and fat intake and pancreatic cancer risk in the Netherlands Cohort Study'. International Journal of Cancer, 125 (5):1118-1126. [Details]
Van der Pols JC, Heinen MM, Hughes MC, Ibiebele TI, Marks GC, Green AC (2009) 'Serum antioxidants and skin cancer risk: an 8-year community-based follow-up study'. Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention, 18 (4):1167-1173. [Details]
Heinen MM, Verhage BA, Ambergen TA, Goldbohm RA, van den Brandt PA (2009) 'Alcohol consumption and risk of pancreatic cancer in the Netherlands cohort study'. American Journal of Epidemiology, 169 (10):1233-1242. [Details]
Heinen MM, Verhage BA, Lumey L, Brants HA, Goldbohm RA, van den Brandt PA (2008) 'Glycemic load, glycemic index, and pancreatic cancer risk in the Netherlands Cohort Study'. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 87 (4):970-977. [Details]
Weijenberg MP, Mullie PF, Brants HA, Heinen MM, Goldbohm RA, van den Brandt PA (2008) 'Dietary glycemic load, glycemic index and colorectal cancer risk: results from the Netherlands Cohort Study'. International Journal of Cancer, 122 (3):620-629. [Details]
Heinen MM, Hughes MC, Ibiebele TI, Marks GC, Green AC, van der Pols JC (2007) 'Intake of antioxidant nutrients and the risk of skin cancer'. European Journal of Cancer, 43 (18):2707-2716. [Details]

Other Journals

Bel-Serrat, S; Heinen, M; Murrin, C; Wall, P; Kelleher, C (2017) 'Keeping a finger on the pulse of nutrition' Professional nutrition & dietetic review 2 (2) :20-21. [Details]
Murrin, C.M., Heinen, M.M. & Kelleher, C.C. Are dietary patterns of mothers during pregnancy related to children's weight status? (2015) 'Are dietary patterns of mothers during pregnancy related to children's weight status? Evidence from the Lifeways Cross-Generational Cohort Study' AIMS Public Health . [Details]
 

Published Reports

Bel-Serrat S, Heinen MM, Murrin CM, Daly L, Mehegan J, Concannon M, Flood C, Farrell D, O¿Brien S, Eldin N, Kelleher CC (2017) The Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative (COSI) in the Republic of Ireland: Findings from 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2015. Health Service Executive, Dublin. Available Online [Details]
Heinen MM, Murrin C, Daly L, O¿Brien J, Heavey P, O¿Brien M, Scully H, Mulhern LM, Lynam A, Eldin N, Kelleher CC (2016) The Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative (COSI) in the Republic of Ireland: Descriptives of childhood obesity risk factors. Health Service Executive, Dublin. Available Online [Details]
Heinen MM, Murrin C, Daly L, O'Brien J, Heavey P, Kilroe J, O'Brien M, Scully H, Mulhern LM, Lynam A, Hayes C, O'Dwyer U, Eldin N, Kelleher CC (2014) The Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative (COSI) in the Republic of Ireland: Findings from 2008, 2010 and 2012. Health Service Executive, Dublin. Available Online [Details]
                                                                                             

Published abstracts

Bel-Serrat, S; Heinen, M; Mehegan, J; Murrin, C; Kelleher, C (2017) Impact of season on measured body mass index: artefact of age or effect of the environment? - The Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative in the Republic of Ireland. Published abstracts [DOI] [Details]
Bel-Serrat S, Heinen M, Mehegan J, Murrin C, Kelleher C (2017) Impact of season on measured body mass index: artefact of age or effect of the environment? - The Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative in the Republic of Ireland - 2008, 2010, 2012 & 2015. Published abstracts [Details]
Heinen MM, Dennehy N, Heery E, Murrin CM, Kelleher CC (2016) Comparison of potential energy underreporting among pregnant women living in Ireland in two cohorts initiated a decade apart: the Lifeways Cross-Generation Cohort Study (2001-2003) and the Lifestyle in Pregnancy study (LIP; 2011). Published abstracts [DOI] [Details]
Heinen MM, Concannon M, Farrell D, Flood C, Mehegan J, Murrin CM, Kelleher CC (2016) Overweight and obesity trends are stabilising among children aged 7 years: Results of the Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative in the Republic of Ireland. Published abstracts [DOI] [Details]
Khalil H, Seguradao R, Mehegan J, Somerville R, Heinen M, Murrin C, Kelleher C (2016) P58: Trajectories of body mass index by age 9 in the Lifeways Cross Generation Cohort Study children in the Republic of Ireland. Published abstracts [DOI] [Details]
Somerville R, Khalil H, Seguradao R, Mehegan J, Heinen M, Murrin C, Kelleher C (2016) P43: The healthy worker effect? Socio-economic and health status determinants of changing self-rated health in older people in the Lifeways Cross-Generation Study of a thousand families. Published abstracts [DOI] [Details]
Heinen MM, Eldin N, O'Dywer U, Hayes C, Heavey P, Lynam A, Mulhern LM, O'Brien JK, O'Brien MC, Scully H, Daly LE, Murrin CM, Kelleher CC (2015) Breastfeeding and birth weight are important predictors for childhood overweight and obesity: Results for 1885 6-7-year-old school-going children of the Childhood Growth Surveillance Initiative (COSI) in the Republic of Ireland. Published abstracts [DOI] [Details]
Quirke B, Heinen MM, Kelleher CC (2015) Experience of discrimination is associated with both material and socio-cultural variables in the All Ireland Traveller Health Census Study of Seven Thousand Families. Published abstracts [DOI] [Details]
Heinen MM, Eldin N, O'Dwyer U, Hayes C, Heavey P, Lynam A, Kelleher CC (2015) Waist circumference improves obesity models but social disadvantage remains significant: Results among 10,766 children of the Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative (COSI) in the Republic of Ireland. Published abstracts [DOI] [Details]
McKey S, Heinen M, Segurado R, Mehegan J, Murrin C, Kelleher C (2015) Infant birthweight and risk factors for adult cardiovascular disease including body mass index, in the Lifeways cross-generation cohort study of a thousand families. Published abstracts [Details]
Heinen, M; O'Reilly, P; McKey, S; Somerville, R; Viljoen, K; Segurado, R; Murrin, C; Kelleher, C (2015) Body Mass Index, its determinants and association with adult chronic disease at 10-year follow-up in the Lifeways Cross-Generation Cohort Study. Published abstracts [Details]
Quirke, B; Heinen, M; Daly, L; Kelleher, C (2015) Predictors of Infectious diseases in Traveller Adults in Ireland (2008): A Multivariate Analysis. Published abstracts [DOI] [Details]
Heinen MM, Eldin N, O'Dwyer U, Hayes C, Heavey P, Lynam A, Mulhern LM, O'Brien JK, O'Brien MC, Scully H, Murrin CM, Kelleher CC (2013) Prevalence of overweight children aged 7 years: Results of the World Health Organisation Childhood Growth Surveillance Initiative in the Republic of Ireland. Published abstracts [DOI] [Details]
Heinen MM, Verhage BAJ, Goldbohm RA, van den Brandt PA (2012) Inname van groenten, fruit, carotenoiden en vitamin C en E niet geassocieerd met alvleesklierkanker [intake of vegetables, fruit, carotenoids and vitamin C and E not associated with pancreatic cancer; in Dutch]. Published abstracts [Details]
Heinen MM, Verhage BAJ, Goldbohm RA, van den Brandt PA (2010) Tobacco exposure and the risk of pancreatic cancer: Results of the Netherlands Cohort Study. Published abstracts [DOI] [Details]
Heinen MM, Verhage BAJ. Ambergen TAW, Goldbohm RA, van den Brandt PA (2009) Alcohol and pancreatic cancer risk in the Netherlands Cohort Study. Published abstracts Available Online [Details]
Heinen MM, Verhage BAJ, Lumey L, Brants HA, Goldbohm RA, van den Brandt PA (2008) Glykemische index: geen relatie met alvleesklierkanker [Glycemic index: no relation with pancreatic cancer; in Dutch]. Published abstracts [Details]
Weijenberg MP, Mullie PFF, Brants HAM, Heinen MM, Goldbohm RA, van den Brandt PA (2008) De glykemische index speelt geen rol bij dikke darmkanker [The glycemic index plays no role in colon cancer; in Dutch]. Published abstracts [Details]
                                     

Research

Research Interests

Areas of research include:

  • Obesity prevention and treatment
  • Energy balance and physical activity in cancer prevention
  • Lifestyle factors and quality of life in cancer patients and survivors

 

Recent Postgraduates

Master of Public Health (University College Dublin)
 
Nkiruka Ede (2012-2013) 
Aoife Dineen (2012-2013)  
Claire Ramsay (2012-2013) 
Aine O¿Connell (co-supervised with prof C. Kelleher; 2013-2014) 
Samantha Roche (co-supervised with prof C. Kelleher; 2013-2014)  
Claire Soden (co-supervised with prof C. Kelleher; 2013-2014)
Pauline O¿Reilly (co-supervised with prof C. Kelleher; 2013-2014)
Oluwatomilola Akerele (2014-2015) 
Salil Raina (2014-2015)
Niamh Denning (2014-2015)
Thomas Roux (2015-2016)
Anita Macken (2015-2016)
Esha Grewal (2015-2016) 

 

Master of Epidemiology (Maastricht University, the Netherlands)

Pieter Eijgenraam (2009-2010)