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Esmée Essers

Esmée Essers

Predoctoral Researcher Maternal, Child & Reproductive Health, Childhood & Environment, Climate & Health

Esmée Essers is a predoctoral researcher from the Netherlands. She obtained a bachelor's and master's in Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences from Leiden University and a Master's in Global Health from Maastricht University.

Her master internships focused on clinical and epidemiological research, covering the topics of “home-monitoring of pediatric patients and healthy children with wearable devices” at the Centre for Human Drug Research in Leiden, and “noise exposure and emotional, aggressive and ADHD symptoms” and “air pollution exposure, APOE e4 status, and brain structural morphology and connectivity” at ISGlobal.

She currently works within the Childhood and Environment programme of ISGlobal and is conducting a joint PhD at ISGlobal and the Erasmus MC, Rotterdam. Her PhD thesis focuses on evaluating the associations between temperature exposure, fetal growth, and neurodevelopment in children from various European birth cohorts. At Erasmus MC she works within Generation R Study group of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry / Psychology.

Esmée Essers has presented her work at various international conferences including the Shaping the Future of Pediatrics Conference in Rome in 2019, the INMA Scientific Conferences in 2020 and 2021, and the ICBEN Congress on Noise in 2021.

Main publications

  • Essers E, Pérez-Crespo L, Ambrós A, Foraster M, Tiemeier H, Guxens M. Environmental Noise Exposure and Emotional, Aggressive, and ADHD-related Symptoms in Children from Two European Birth Cohorts. Environment International. 2022 Jan; 158:106946.
  • Kruizinga MD, Essers E, Stuurman FE, Yavuz Y, de Kam ML, Zhuparris A, Janssens HM, Groothuis I, Sprij AJ, Nuijsink M, Cohen AF, Driessen GJA. Clinical validation of digital biomarkers for pediatric patients with asthma and cystic fibrosis - Potential for clinical trials and clinical care. Eur Respir J. 2021 Dec; 9:2100208.
  • Kruizinga MD, Essers E, Stuurman FE, Zhuparris A, van Eik N, Janssens HM, Groothuis I, Sprij AJ, Nuijsink M, Cohen AF, Driessen GJA. Technical validity and usability of a novel smartphone-connected spirometry device for pediatric patients with asthma and cystic fibrosis. Pediatr Pulmonol. 2020 Sep; 55(9):2463-2470.