Monday, 16th July, 2018


Prof. Oscar Franco, MD, PhD, FESC, MFPH

Professor of Preventive Medicine
PI Cardiovascular Epidemiology Group
Director ErasmusAGE



Professor Oscar Franco has a PhD in Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Public Health, which he obtained at the Erasmus University medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He also has a MSc and DSc degree in Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Public Health, Erasmus MC Rotterdam. Oscar obtained his medical doctor’s degree at Pontificia Universidad in Javeriana, Colombia.

Oscar currently is Professor of Preventive Medicine at the Department of Epidemiology of Erasmus University medical center in Rotterdam. He is principal investigator of the Cardiovascular Epidemiology Group and founder and director of ErasmusAGE, Department of Epidemiology at Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam.

Before founding ErasmusAGE and coming to Rotterdam, he was Senior Public Health Epidemiologist at Unilever England, Clinical Lecturer in Public Health at the University of Cambridge in England, Assistant Professor in Public Health at the University of Warwick in England and postdoctoral researcher in cardiovascular disease prevention and public health at the Erasmus University medical Center in Rotterdam.

Oscar has been awarded the national Dutch public health prize of 2005. He is a fellow of St Edmunds’ College at the University of Cambridge, UK; fellow of the European Society of Cardiology (FESC), fellow of the higher education academy of England (HEA), nucleus member of the European Association of Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Rehabilitation (EACPR), member of the English Faculty of Public Health (MFPH) and honorary member of the Colombian diabetes federation.


  1. Merino, J et al. (2018). Genome-wide meta-analysis of macronutrient intake of 91,114 European ancestry participants from the cohorts for heart and aging research in genomic epidemiology consortium.. Mol. Psychiatry,.
  2. Chen, Z, Zuurmond, MG, van der Schaft, N, Nano, J, Wijnhoven, HAH, Ikram, MA, Franco, OH, Voortman, T (2018). Plant versus animal based diets and insulin resistance, prediabetes and type 2 diabetes: the Rotterdam Study.. Eur. J. Epidemiol.,.
  3. Jen, V, Braun, KVE, Karagounis, LG, Nguyen, AN, Jaddoe, VWV, Schoufour, JD, Franco, OH, Voortman, T (2018). Longitudinal association of dietary protein intake in infancy and adiposity throughout childhood.. Clin Nutr,.
  4. Feitosa, MF et al. (2018). Novel genetic associations for blood pressure identified via gene-alcohol interaction in up to 570K individuals across multiple ancestries.. PLoS ONE13,e0198166.
  5. Rojas, LZ et al. (2018). Electrocardiographic abnormalities in Chagas disease in the general population: A systematic review and meta-analysis.. PLoS Negl Trop Dis12,e0006567.
  6. Roselli, C et al. (2018). Multi-ethnic genome-wide association study for atrial fibrillation.. Nat. Genet.,.
  7. Albrecht, M, Koolhaas, CM, Schoufour, JD, van Rooij, FJ, Kavousi, M, Ikram, MA, Franco, OH (2018). Physical activity types and atrial fibrillation risk in the middle-aged and elderly: The Rotterdam Study.. Eur J Prev Cardiol,2047487318780031.
  8. Sedaghat, S et al. (2018). Common Carotid Artery Diameter and Risk of Cardiovascular Events and Mortality: Pooled Analyses of Four Cohort Studies.. Hypertension72,85-92.
  9. Jen, V, Karagounis, LG, Jaddoe, VWV, Franco, OH, Voortman, T (2018). Dietary protein intake in school-age children and detailed measures of body composition: the Generation R Study.. Int J Obes (Lond),.
  10. Croll, PH, Voortman, T, Ikram, MA, Franco, OH, Schoufour, JD, Bos, D, Vernooij, MW (2018). Better diet quality relates to larger brain tissue volumes: The Rotterdam Study.. Neurology90,e2166-e2173.

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