Dr Esther van Sluijs studied Human Movement Sciences and trained in Epidemiology and Public Health at the VU University medical centre in Amsterdam (The Netherlands). Esther joined the newly established MRC Epidemiology Unit as a Career Development Fellow in 2004, where she developed a research portfolio in physical activity in young people.
Her research focuses on identifying correlates and determinants of physical activity behaviour in young people, with the aim to aid the development physical activity promotion interventions. She has also been involved in a number of systematic reviews to establish the effect of physical activity interventions in young people, as well as intervention evaluations in both young people and adults.
Esther now leads a Unit programme on Behavioural Epidemiology, which aims to develop and evaluate interventions to promote physical activity in young people, and to use observational research to further understand where, when and how physical activity interventions in young people may be targeted.