Sunday, 25th February, 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. Sung, YJ et al. (2018). A Large-Scale Multi-ancestry Genome-wide Study Accounting for Smoking Behavior Identifies Multiple Significant Loci for Blood Pressure.. Am. J. Hum. Genet.,.
  2. Schmitz, N, Deschênes, SS, Burns, RJ, Danna, SM, Franco, OH, Ikram, MA, Kivimäki, M, Singh-Manoux, A, Tiemeier, H (2018). Cardiometabolic dysregulation and cognitive decline: potential role of depressive symptoms.. Br J Psychiatry212,96-102.
  3. Meun, C et al. (2018). High androgens in postmenopausal women and the risk for atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease: the Rotterdam Study.. J. Clin. Endocrinol. Metab.,.
  4. Ghanbari, M et al. (2018). A systematic analysis highlights multiple long non-coding RNAs associated with cardiometabolic disorders.. J. Hum. Genet.,.
  5. Koolhaas, CM, Dhana, K, van Rooij, FJA, Schoufour, JD, Hofman, A, Franco, OH (2018). Physical Activity Types and Health-Related Quality of Life among Middle-Aged and Elderly Adults: The Rotterdam Study.. J Nutr Health Aging22,246-253.
  6. Cepeda, M, Muka, T, Ikram, MA, Franco, OH, Schoufour, JD (2017). Seasonality of Insulin Resistance, Glucose, and Insulin among Middle-Aged and Elderly Population: The Rotterdam Study.. J. Clin. Endocrinol. Metab.,.
  7. Koolhaas, CM, van Rooij, FJ, Cepeda, M, Tiemeier, H, Franco, OH, Schoufour, JD (2018). Physical activity derived from questionnaires and wrist-worn accelerometers: comparability and the role of demographic, lifestyle, and health factors among a population-based sample of older adults.. Clin Epidemiol10,1-16.
  8. Turcot, V et al. (2018). Protein-altering variants associated with body mass index implicate pathways that control energy intake and expenditure in obesity.. Nat. Genet.50,26-41.
  9. Cepeda, M, Schoufour, J, Freak-Poli, R, Koolhaas, CM, Dhana, K, Bramer, WM, Franco, OH (2017). Levels of ambient air pollution according to mode of transport: a systematic review.. Lancet Public Health2,e23-e34.
  10. Mozaffarian, D et al. (2017). Genome-wide association meta-analysis of fish and EPA+DHA consumption in 17 US and European cohorts.. PLoS ONE12,e0186456.

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