dr. S.A.E. (Sanne) Peters

dr. S.A.E. (Sanne) Peters

Associate Professor
dr. S.A.E. (Sanne) Peters
  • Julius Center, dept. Global Public Health & Bioethics

Research Programs

Circulatory Health



Sanne Peters is an Associate Professor in Epidemiology and Global Health at the Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care. She holds a joint appointment as Associate Professor at The George Institute for Global Health, University of New South Wales and as Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London. 

She obtained her MSc in Epidemiology (with distinction) from Maastricht University in 2009. In 2012, she completed her PhD in Epidemiology at UMC Utrecht. From 2013 to 2020, she worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge (2013-14) and the University of Oxford (2014-20).

Her research focuses on sex differences in cardiovascular diseases. Using large databases, she aims to reliably quantify where those differences exist and to identify the underlying genetic, biological, or behavioral factors. Another important part of her research aims at ensuring that sex and gender, as well as other aspects of diversity, are routinely considered and equally represented in research and innovation.  

Dr. Peters’ research has been supported by several prestigious grants and fellowships, including a 1-year Niels Stensen Fellowship (2012), a 4-year strategic skills development fellowship from the UK Medical Research Council (2017) and 5-year Vidi fellowship from the Dutch Research Council (2021). She is a World Heart Federation Emerging Leader.

She is Speciality Chief Editor for 'Sex and Gender Differences in Disease' in the Frontiers in Global Women's Health journal and Associate Editor at BMJ Global Health. She is Nucleus Member of the Population Science and Public Health Section of the European Association of Preventive Cardiology. She also is a member of the UMCU-Young Academy.

Side Activities

  • Specialty Chief Editor, Sex and Gender Differences in Disease, Frontiers in Global Women’s Health
  • Nucleus Member, Population Science and Public Health Section, European Association of Preventive Cardiology
  • Associate editor, BMJ Global Health
  • Member of the UMCU-Young Academy

Fellowship and Awards


  • Vidi, NWO Talent Programme, 'Sex differences in coronary heart disease: bias, biology, or both?' (2021)
  • Strategic Skills Development Fellowship, Medical Research Council, 'Sex differences in the vascular consequences of diabetes: big data analyses to inform prevention and treatment' (2017) 
  • Niels Stensen Postdoctoral Fellowship, 'Cardiovascular disease in men and women: does money matter?' (2012)            


  • Fellow International Seminar on Cardiovascular Epidemiology and Prevention. International Society for Cardiovascular                    Epidemiology and Prevention (2020)
  • Emerging Leader, World Heart Federation (2019)
  • Achievement Award. Women’s Health Programme, George Institute for Global Health (2019)
  • Award for Excellence. University of Oxford (2018)
  • Elizabeth Young New Investigator Award. Organization for the Study of Sex Differences (2015)

Research Output (106)

Age at Menopause and the Risk of Stroke:Observational and Mendelian Randomization Analysis in 204 244 Postmenopausal Women

Tschiderer Lena, Peters Sanne A.E., van der Schouw Yvonne T., van Westing Anniek C., Tong Tammy Y.N., Willeit Peter, Seekircher Lisa, Moreno-Iribas Conchi, Huerta José María, Crous-Bou Marta, Söderholm Martin, Schulze Matthias B., Johansson Cecilia, Själander Sara, Heath Alicia K., Macciotta Alessandra, Dahm Christina C., Ibsen Daniel B., Pala Valeria, Mellemkjær Lene, Burgess Stephen, Wood Angela, Kaaks Rudolf, Katzke Verena, Amiano Pilar, Rodriguez-Barranco Miguel, Engström Gunnar, Weiderpass Elisabete, Tjønneland Anne, Halkjær Jytte, Panico Salvatore, Danesh John, Butterworth Adam, Onland-Moret N. Charlotte 19 Sep 2023, In: Journal of the American Heart Association. 12 , p. e030280

Long-term peridialytic blood pressure changes are related to mortality

De Roij Van Zuijdewijn Camiel L.M., Rootjes Paul A., Nubé Menso J., Bots Michiel L., Canaud Bernard, Blankestijn Peter J., Van Ittersum Frans J., Maduell Francisco, Morena Marion, Peters Sanne A.E., Davenport Andrew, Vernooij Robin W.M., Grooteman Muriel P.C., Bots Michiel L., Blankestijn Peter J., Canaud Bernard, Davenport Andrew, Grooteman Muriel P.C., Nubé Menso J., Peters Sanne A.E., Morena Marion, Maduell Francisco, Torres Ferran, Ok Ercan, Asci Gulay, Locatelli Francesco, 1 Sep 2023, In: Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation. 38 , p. 1992-2001 10 p.

Sex-specific Mendelian randomisation to assess the causality of sex differences in the effects of risk factors and treatment:spotlight on hypertension

de Ruiter Sophie C, Schmidt A Floriaan, Grobbee Diederick E, den Ruijter Hester M, Peters Sanne A E 7 Apr 2023, In: Journal of human hypertension. 37 , p. 602-608 7 p.

Personalizing treatment in end-stage kidney disease:deciding between haemodiafiltration and haemodialysis based on individualized treatment effect prediction

van Kruijsdijk Rob C M, Vernooij Robin W M, Bots Michiel L, Peters Sanne A E, Dorresteijn Jannick A N, Visseren Frank L J, Blankestijn Peter J, Debray Thomas P A, Oct 2022, In: Clinical Kidney Journal. 15 , p. 1924-1931 8 p.

The Frequency of Primary Healthcare Contacts Preceding the Diagnosis of Lower-Extremity Arterial Disease:Do Women Consult General Practice Differently?

Porras Cindy P, Teraa Martin, Bots Michiel L, de Boer Annemarijn R, Peters Sanne A E, van Doorn Sander, Vernooij Robin W M 1 Jul 2022, In: Journal of Clinical medicine. 11 , p. 1-9

Genetically Determined Reproductive Aging and Coronary Heart Disease: A Bidirectional 2-sample Mendelian Randomization:A Bidirectional 2-sample Mendelian Randomization

Dam Veerle, Onland-Moret N Charlotte, Burgess Stephen, Chirlaque Maria-Dolores, Peters Sanne A E, Schuit Ewoud, Tikk Kaja, Weiderpass Elisabete, Oliver-Williams Clare, Wood Angela M, Tjønneland Anne, Dahm Christina C, Overvad Kim, Boutron-Ruault Marie-Christine, Schulze Matthias B, Trichopoulou Antonia, Ferrari Pietro, Masala Giovanna, Krogh Vittorio, Tumino Rosario, Matullo Giuseppe, Panico Salvatore, Boer Jolanda M A, Verschuren W M Monique, Waaseth Marit, Sánchez Pérez Maria José, Amiano Pilar, Imaz Liher, Moreno-Iribas Conchi, Melander Olle, Harlid Sophia, Nordendahl Maria, Wennberg Patrik, Key Timothy J, Riboli Elio, Santiuste Carmen, Kaaks Rudolf, Katzke Verena, Langenberg Claudia, Wareham Nicholas J, Schunkert Heribert, Erdmann Jeanette, Willenborg Christina, Hengstenberg Christian, Kleber Marcus E, Delgado Graciela, März Winfried, Kanoni Stavroula, Dedoussis George, Deloukas Panos, Nikpay Majid, McPherson Ruth, Scholz Markus, Teren Andrej, Butterworth Adam S, van der Schouw Yvonne T 20 Mar 2022, In: The Journal of clinical endocrinology and metabolism. 107 , p. e2952-e2961 10 p.

Multimorbidity of non-communicable diseases in low-income and middle-income countries: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Asogwa Ogechukwu Augustina, Boateng Daniel, Marzà-Florensa Anna, Peters Sanne, Levitt Naomi, van Olmen Josefien, Klipstein-Grobusch Kerstin 21 Jan 2022, In: BMJ Open. 12 , p. 1-16 39 p.

Sex-specific associations of adiposity with cardiometabolic traits in the UK:A multi-life stage cohort study with repeat metabolomics

O'Keeffe Linda M, Bell Joshua A, O'Neill Kate N, Lee Matthew A, Woodward Mark, Peters Sanne A E, Smith George Davey, Kearney Patricia M Jan 2022, In: PLoS Medicine. 19 , p. 1-27

Erratum to "Sex differences in emergency medical services management of patients with myocardial infarction:Analysis of routinely collected data for over 110,000 patients" [Am Heart J (2021) 87-91]

Hsu Benjumin, Carcel Cheryl, Wang Xia, Peters Sanne A E, Randall Deborah A, Havard Alys, Miller Matthew, Redfern Julie, Woodward Mark, Jorm Louisa R 24 Dec 2021, In: American Heart Journal. 248 , p. 175-176 2 p.

Risk Factor Clusters and Cardiovascular Disease in High-Risk Patients:The UCC-SMART Study

Holthuis Emily I., Visseren Frank L.J., Bots Michiel L., Peters Sanne A.E. 21 Dec 2021, In: Global Heart. 16 , p. 1-12

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