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Renate de Groot is appointed as Full Professor Biopsychology of Learning at the Welten Institute, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Open University of the Netherlands. 

Renate’s scientific interest is centred on the biopsychological determinants (physical activity, nutrition, and sleep) of learning and cognition in lifelong perspective. Both observational studies as well as intervention studies are part of her core business. Since her own thesis defence in 2003 Renate supervised 19 PhD-students from which 10 already successfully defended their theses. Renate’s scientific input has up till now resulted in a hundred publications in peer reviewed scientific journals. 

Renate is chair of the department Fostering Efficient, Effective and Enjoyable Learning (FEEEL). In addition, she is program leader of the research group Biopsychology and Learning.

In that capacity she has the daily leadership, she chairs the monthly programme group, she supervises PhD-students, and she is in charge of the project coordination.

She is the contact person for a diverse range of collaborators both social as well as industry oriented. She is responsible for raising funds within the field of Brain and Learning and Biopsychological determinants for learning. This resulted in a substantial amount of financial support for her field of research. 

In addition, Renate is board member of ISSFAL (International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids), one of the most important scientific communities in her field. Renate also played an important role in the foundation of the ethical committee of the Open University and is now a well-respected board member of this committee. Renate is also applied as research coordinator of the Welten Institute.

Finally, Renate has an honorary position as Associate Professor at Maastricht University, department of Complex Genetics.

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Research Output

Academic Schedule and Day-to-Day Variations in Sedentary Behavior and Physical Activity of University Students

Chim, H. Q., Oude Egbrink, M. G. A., Van Gerven, P. W. M., de Groot, R. H. M., Winkens, B. & Savelberg, H. H. C. M., Apr 2020, In : International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 17, 8, 16 p., 2810.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

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  • Gestational Weight Gain by Maternal Pre-pregnancy BMI and Childhood Problem Behaviours in School-Age Years: A Pooled Analysis of Two European Birth Cohorts

    Tore, E. C., Antoniou, E. E., de Groot, R. H. M., Gielen, M., Godschalk, R. W. L., Roumeliotaki, T., Smits, L., Southwood, T. R., Spaanderman, M. E. A., Stratakis, N., Vafeiadi, M., Chatzi, V. L. & Zeegers, M. P., 17 Jun 2020, In : Maternal and Child Health Journal. 24, 10, p. 1288-1298 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

    Open Access
  • Activities

    • 6 Oral presentation
    • 3 Invited talk

    Het Wiebelkinderen Onderzoek naar Betere Breinprestaties en LeerEffecten: Preliminaire resultaten

    Inge van der Wurff (Speaker), Céleste Meijs (Speaker), Christine Resch (Speaker), Petra Hurks (Speaker) & Renate de Groot (Speaker)

    27 Jun 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentationAcademic

    A systematic literature review on the influence of prenatal and childhood nutrition on the development and endurance mental health issues in childhood: results of the Food4Thought review study

    Inge van der Wurff (Speaker), Anke Oenema (Speaker), Dennis de Ruijter (Speaker), Claudia Vingerhoets (Speaker) & Renate de Groot (Speaker)

    23 Oct 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentationAcademic

    Sensorische prikkelverwerking: Prevalentie

    Céleste Meijs (Speaker), Inge van der Wurff (Speaker), Renate de Groot (Speaker), Christine Resch (Speaker) & Petra Hurks (Speaker)

    27 Jun 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentationAcademic

    WOBBLE : Het Wiebelkinderen Onderzoek naar Betere Breinprestaties en LeerEffecten

    Céleste Meijs (Invited speaker), Inge van der Wurff (Invited speaker), Renate de Groot (Invited speaker), Petra Hurks (Invited speaker) & Christine Resch (Invited speaker)

    22 Jan 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkAcademic

    Physical activity and sedentary behavior in adolescents in vocational education and training: Compositional patterns and predicting executive performance.

    Hieronymus J.M. Gijselaers (Speaker), Bob G.E. Ramakers (Speaker), Hans H.C.M. Savelberg (Speaker), Amika S. Singh (Speaker) & Renate H.M. de Groot (Speaker)

    4 Jun 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentationAcademic