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Geoscience and Health Cohort Consortium (GECCO)

Background information

In the Geoscience and Health Cohort Consortium (GECCO), the databases of six large-scale ongoing cohorts (VU/VUmc) have been enriched with a variety of existing geo-data on address-, zip-code-, as well as neighbourhood level. The six cohort studies that are involved in GECCO are Generations2-study, the Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam, the Netherlands Longitudinal Study on Hearing, the Netherlands Study on Depression and Anxiety, the Netherlands Twin Register, and the New Hoorn Study.

Pitch-project

The main objective of this Health Behaviours and Chronic Disease (HBCD) pitch-project was to promote the use of environmental data, that were collected in the Geoscience and Health Cohort Consortium (GECCO), by HBCD/APH researchers. In this pitch-project, it was aimed to: (1) complete a policy document regarding the use of geo-data, (2) link geo-data to AMC cohorts, (3) write a paper on environmental influences on weight status, (4) organize two workshops, and (5) to create a GECCO project-page on the APH-website. The pitch-project was conducted from November 2016-February 2017.

Policy document

The policy document regarding the use of geo-data is available online (click here). The geo-data can be requested by APH-researchers by submitting a geo-data request form to the GECCO coordinating team. The procedure is described in more detail in the policy document.

Linkage of geo-data to AMC cohorts

In this pitch-project, the geo-data have been linked to two AMC-cohorts, including the HEalthy LIfe in an Urban Setting (HELIUS) study and the Amsterdam Born Children and their Development (ABCD) study.

Papers and workshops

In this pitch-project, two workshops were organized. In the first workshop, the collected geo-data in GECCO were presented to HBCD/APH researchers. Furthermore, there were several brainstorm-sessions in which APH-researchers could share their research plans. In the second workshop, several collaborations between APH-researchers were initiated on the topic of environmental influences on health behaviours and chronic diseases. During the workshop, researchers also worked together on several scientific papers.

GECCO project-page

More information about GECCO, the policy document and the collected geo-data can be found on the GECCO-project page

Contact details

Jeroen Lakerveld, VU medical center (je.lakerveld@vumc.nl)
Erik Timmermans, Academic Medical Center (e.j.timmermans@amc.uva.nl)
Marieke Hartman, Academic Medical Center (m.a.hartman@amc.uva.nl)