Individual Study / HELIUS

Healthy Life in an Urban Setting

Healthy Life in an Urban Setting

Initiatives -
To gain insight into the health of Amsterdam residents from different ethnic origins and the reasons for health differences. The knowledge that the HELIUS study provides can ultimately help to better deal with health problems and improve medical care.
Start Year
The Academic Medical Center (AMC) of Amsterdam and the Public Health Service of Amsterdam (GGD Amsterdam) provided core financial support for HELIUS. The HELIUS study is also funded by research grants of the Dutch Heart Foundation (Hartstichting; grant no. 2010T084), the Netherlands Organization for Health Research and Development (ZonMw; grant no. 200500003), the European Integration Fund (EIF; grant no. 2013EIF013) and the European Union (Seventh Framework Programme, FP-7; grant no. 278901).


Investigators Contacts
  • Dr Marieke B. Snijder
    Academic Medical Center


Study design
Population cohort
Follow Up
Follow-up data will be obtained by repeated measurements and by linkages with existing registries (eg, hospital data, pharmacy data and insurance data). The goal of HELIUS is to repeat baseline measurements during follow-up examinations every 5–10 years.

Marker Paper

Snijder MB, Galenkamp H, Prins M, Derks EM, Peters RJG, Zwinderman AH, Stronks K. Cohort profile: the Healthy Life in an Urban Setting (HELIUS) study in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. BMJ Open. 2017 Dec 14;7(12):e017873. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-017873.

PUBMED 29247091


Sources of Recruitment
  • Individuals

Number of participants

Number of participants
Number of participants with biosamples
Supplementary Information
Aged 18-70 years


Availability of data and biosamples


Availability of access information

On the study website :

By contacting the study representative