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Healthy Life in an Urban Setting (HELIUS)
Hosting Legal Entity
Public Health Service of Amsterdam (GGD Amsterdam)
Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Academic Medical Center (AMC)
Meibergdreef 9, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, PO: 1105 AZ (Netherlands)
Meibergdreef 35, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, PO: 1105 AZ (Netherlands)
Type Of RI
Coordinating Country
Current Status:
Operational since 2015
Operational since 2015
Under construction since 2011 to 2015
Design/planning since 2009 to 2010
Scientific Description
The HELIUS study is a multi-ethnic cohort study in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The general aim is to investigate (the underlying causes of) ethnic differences in health, focussing on (determinants of) cardiovascular diseases, infectious diseases and mental health (depression). The study was established 2011 and includes 24,789 participants at baseline (2011-2015) in whom data from questionnaires, a physical examination, and biological samples (biobank) are available.The policy to access the data of the RI is described in the HELIUS Collaboration Policy, which can be found at In brief, a research proposal is requested, which is evaluated by the HELIUS Executive Board regarding the research aims (compatibility with the general objectives of the HELIUS study/informed consent), the quality of the research proposal, and potential overlap with ongoing studies. After approval, the requested data will be provided after a Data Transfer Agreement has been signed.

RI Keywords
Infectious diseases, Social inequality, Health care, Migration, Ethnicity, Cardiovascular disease, Mental health, Ethnic inequality
RI Category
Environmental Health Research Facilities
Scientific Domain
Biological and Medical Sciences
Social Sciences
ESFRI Domain
Health and Food
Social and Cultural Innovation
Access to data upon Collaboration Request

The HELIUS study is conducted by the Academic Medical Center (AMC) in close collaboration with the Public Health Service of Amsterdam (GGD Amsterdam). Researchers from various departments of the AMC, the GGD Amsterdam and several other institutions and universities are participating in the study. The HELIUS study is open to proposals of collaboration with external research groups. Requests for collaboration The study has an open policy in regard to collaboration with other research groups. Before access to data is provided, all researchers should carefully read and must adhere to the HELIUS Collaboration Policy. In brief, a research proposal or publication proposal must be developed following the proposal formats. All proposals should then be submitted to the HELIUS Scientific Coordinator ( Marieke Snijder, The proposals are discussed in the HELIUS Executive Board regarding their study aims, overlap with ongoing studies, logistic consequences and financial contributions. After approval of the proposal by the HELIUS Executive Board, the collaborative research project is embedded in one of the three research areas supervised by the specific HELIUS Theme Leader.

Date of last update: 01/07/2019
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