Biobehavioural Medicine

Research on cardiovascular functioning under laboratory and real life situations in relation to psychosocial stress, lifestyle, and genetic predisposition. Classical cardiovascular risk factors (e.g. lipid levels, BMI, hypertension, low grade inflammation) are studied as well as behavioral and psychosocial risk factors, particularly smoking behavior, physical exercise, work stress, and the hostility/depression cluster. An important asset in this regard is the locally developed Vrije Universiteit Ambulatory Monitoring System (VU-AMS, www.vu-ams.nl), which allows continuous 24-hour registration of sympathovagal and hemodynamic cardiovascular regulation in large (twin) samples.