From November 16, we call participants in the HELIUS study about the coronavirus to make their second appointment. Appointments for the second measurement round will take place between November 23 and the end of February 2021.

Furthermore, we are now continuing the regular physical examinations of HELIUS2. In March of this year, we had to pause the physical examinations due to the coronavirus. This autumn, the number of corona infections is rising again. Therefore, we are taking safety measures at our research location, to guarantee the safety of participants and researchers. You can find more information about these measures on the page Research Location’. This way, we still hope to see all the participants who were not yet able to participate!


About the HELIUS study:

Did you know that people of South-Asian Surinamese origin are at greater risk of developing diabetes? And that high blood pressure is much more common among African Surinamese people and Ghanaians? And that we see asthma much more often in people of Turkish and Moroccan origin? But what is the reason for this?

We know there are health differences among the residents of Amsterdam. But we don’t know what causes these differences. This knowledge is necessary to improve medical care and to be better able to tackle health problems. This is why in 2010 the Academic Medical Center (AMC) and the Public Health Service of Amsterdam (GGD Amsterdam) have joined together to start a large study among Amsterdam residents: the HELIUS health study. HELIUS stands for ‘Healthy Life in an Urban Setting’, and offers a unique opportunity for improving health care in the future for various population groups in Amsterdam. Approximately 25.000 inhabitants of Amsterdam have participated in this study.

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HELIUS is een initiatief van Amsterdam UMC en
GGD Amsterdam
Amsterdam UMC

HELIUS is made possible by: