Research Assistants & Nurses

Kristel van Eeden

After years of managing the logistics and administration of her own company, Kristel decided it was time for something new. After getting her degree as doctor’s assistant in 2016, she started working at the outpatient clinic of Internal Medicine and Tropical Diseases of the Amsterdam UMC, location AMC. This is where she discovered here interest in infectious diseases. Among other things, she supported the HIV-nurse consultants and did the pre-triage for the Lyme outpatient clinic. Therefore, it was a logical step to start working as a research assistant at the AGEhIV Cohort Study in 2021

Ivette Agard

Ivette Agard was born in Paramaribo – Suriname, and graduated there as a nurse and intensive care nurse. Afterwards, she worked at the Academic Hospital Paramaribo. As of 1986 she worked at different departments of the Amsterdam UMC location VUmc: intensive care units (acute internal medicine, neurosurgery and surgery), outpatient clinics of surgery and anaesthesiology (as a nurse and later as a team manager). Since January 2019 she has been working as a research nurse for the AGEIV Cohort Study.


Peter Reiss

(principal investigator)

In 2009, Peter Reiss took the initiative for the AGEhIV Cohort Study. He has studied medicine at the University of Amsterdam. After his training in Internal Medicine at the OLVG Hospital in Amsterdam, he specialized in Infectious Diseases at the University Hospital of Leiden. He is emeritus (since 2011) professor of Internal Medicine, specializing in the complications of the treatment of HIV infection, affiliated with the Amsterdam UMC (location AMC). Currently, he is senior fellow at the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development and staff member of the Global Health Division of the Amsterdam UMC. Until 2021, he was director of the Dutch HIV Monitoring Foundation.

Marc van der Valk

Prof. dr. Marc van der Valk works as an internist-infectiologist at the department of Infectious Diseases of the Amsterdam UMC, where he is the head of the HIV outpatient clinic and medical director at the DC Klinieken Amsterdam. As of June 2021, he is professor of Internal Medicine, in particular the treatment of HIV, at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Amsterdam. Since 2021, he is director of the board of the HIV Monitoring Foundation (SHM). He has extensive clinical and research experience in HIV-care and viral hepatitis. He is senior investigator of the AGEhIV Cohort Study.

Maarten Schim van der Loeff

Prof. dr. Maarten Schim van der Loeff works as a senior epidemiologist at the Infectious Diseases Department of the GGD Amsterdam. He is also professor by special appointment of epidemiology of sexually transmitted infections at the University of Amsterdam / Amsterdam UMC. He is a Society & Health physician and an epidemiologist. He has long and varied research experience; his current research focuses on sexually transmitted diseases, including gonorrhea, chlamydia, HPV and HIV.

Myrthe Verburgh

Myrthe Verburgh studied medicine at the Amsterdam UMC, location AMC, in Amsterdam. After her graduation, she worked as resident in Internal Medicine at Tergooi Hospital in Hilversum. Since February 2020 she has been working as study coordinator and PhD candidate for the AGEhIV Cohort Study.

Iris van der Wulp

Iris van der Wulp completed her medical studies at the University of Antwerp (Belgium). After her graduation, she has worked as a resident in Internal Medicine and at the Intensive Care department, both at the Flevohospital in Almere. As of October 2021 she has been working for the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development (AIGHD) and AMC hospital as a PhD candidate and study coordinator for the AGEhIV Cohort Study.

Manon Vanbellinghen

Manon Vanbellinghen first studied classical music at the Royal Conservatoire of Brussels before starting her medicine studies in Amsterdam. After obtaining her degree from the Amsterdam UMC, she worked as a resident in Internal Medicine at the Antoni Van Leeuwenhoek hospital in Amsterdam. Due to her interest in infectious diseases, she made the transfer to the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development (AIGHD). As from January 2022, she is working as a research intern and PhD student on the AGEhIV Cohort Study.

AGEhIV Study Group

Scientific oversight and coordination

Amsterdam University Medical Centers (AUMC), University of  Amsterdam (UvA), Department of Global Health, en Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development (AIGHD)
P. Reiss, F.W.N.M. Wit, M. van der Valk, M.L. Verburgh, I.A.J. van der Wulp, M.C. Vanbellinghen, K. van Eeden

Public Health Service Amsterdam, Department of Infectious Diseases
M. Prins, M.F. Schim van der Loeff, A. Boyd, L. del Grande, I. Agard


HIV Monitoring Foundation
S. Zaheri, M.M.J. Hillebregt, Y.M.C. Ruijs, D.P. Benschop, A. el Berkaoui

Project management and administrative support

Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development (AIGHD)
W. Zikkenheiner, S. Nolst Trenité

Central laboratory support

UAMC, UvA, Laboratory for Viral Immune Pathogenesis and Department of Experimental Immunology
N.A. Kootstra, A.M. Harskamp-Holwerda, I. Maurer, M.M. Mangas Ruiz, A.F. Girigorie, B. Boeser-Nunnink

UAMC, UvA, Laboratory of Experimental Virology and Department of Medical Microbiology
L. van der Hoek, M. Bakker

Participating HIV physicians and nurses

UAMC, Division of Infectious Diseases
S.E. Geerlings, A. Goorhuis, J.W.R. Hovius, F.J.B. Nellen, T. van der Poll, J.M. Prins, P. Reiss, M. van der Valk, W.J. Wiersinga, M. van Vugt, G. de Bree, B.A. Lemkes, F.W.N.M. Wit; J. van Eden, A.M.H. van Hes, F.J.J. Pijnappel, A. Weijsenfeld, F.J.J. Pijnappel, S. Smalhout

Other Collaborators

AUMC, Department of Cardiology
J. de Jong, P.G. Postema

AUMC, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism
P.H.L.T. Bisschop, M.J.M. Serlie

AUMC, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism
P. Lips

AUMC, Department of Gastroenterology
E. Dekker

AUMC, Division of Geriatric Medicine
N. van der Velde, R. Franssen

AUMC, Division of Nephrology
J.M.R. Willemsen, L. Vogt

AUMC, Department of Neurology
J. Schouten, P. Portegies, B.A. Schmand, G.J. Geurtsen

AUMC, Department of Ophthalmology
F.D. Verbraak, N. Demirkaya

AUMC, Department of Psychiatry
I. Visser, A. Schadé

AUMC, Department of Medical Psychology
P.T. Nieuwkerk, N. Langebeek

AUMC, Department of Pulmonary Medicine
R.P. van Steenwijk, E. Dijkers

AUMC, Department of Radiology
C.B.L.M. Majoie, M.W.A. Caan, T. Su

AUMC, Department of Gynaecology
H.W. van Lunsen, M.A.F. Nievaard

AUMC, Division of Vascular Medicine
B.J.H. van den Born, E.S.G. Stroes

HIV Vereniging Nederland
S. van Oorsponk

HIV monitoring
GGD Amsterdam
Amsterdam UMC-AMC