Luc (L.J.M.) Smits

Phone: +31 43 3882821
Birthdate: 02-04-1968
Room: B2.112



PhD. in Medical Sciences “Preconceptional Determinants of the Fecundity of Female Offspring”. November 17th, 1998, Radboud University Nijmegen MSc. in Health Sciences Radboud University Nijmegen, Epidemiology, 1991 Philosopy Radboud University Nijmegen (free doctoral) VWO Eckart College, Eindhoven, 1986

epidemiology, methods, obstetrics and gynecology, prediction models, personalized medicine

Luc Smits is a clinical epidemiologist with a focus on perinatal health. He has been leading several multi-center studies in obstetrics, and is a member of many project teams within the realm of obstetrics and gynecology. He has (co-)authored >100 papers in national and international medical journals and is the main author of an influential article in The Lancet explaining the possible mechanism underlying the adverse effects of narrow pregnancy spacing. Smits’ methodological interest is in validity issues in prognostic and prediction research. Together with Dr Sander van Kuijk, he developed and organized a post-doctoral course on Clinical Prediction Models. He has acted as a co-promotor of 7 PhD students; defence of four more PhD students is expected in the next few years. He leads the Clinical Epidemiology Research Unit (Research Line: Optimizing Patient Care) of CAPHRI Care and Public Health Research School at Maastricht University. He is a methodological consultant of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology of the MUMC, a member of the methodological advisory board of the Dutch Obstetrical Consortium, and deputy member of the Medical Ethical Committee of UM/azM. On Feb 14, 2011, Smits was appointed ‘Epidemiologist B’ (highest rank) by the Dutch Epidemiologic Society (VvE). Smits is GCP Certified (Nov 10, 2011) and SMBWO Certified (Nov 23, 2011). As a medical journalist he published over a hundred articles in Dutch newspapers with a combined daily circulation of 950.000. Current Position 2010 - now: - Associate Professor, Maastricht University Medical Centre (MUMC+), Dept. Epidemiology - Head of the Clinical Epidemiology Research UnitCAPHRI Care and Public Health Research Institute, Maastricht University Medical Centre (MUMC+), (since 2012) Past Employments 2000 - 2010: Assistant Professor, Maastricht University Medical Centre (MUMC+), Dept. Epidemiology 2003 - 2005: Freelance Medical Journalist working for Geassocieerde Persdiensten(GPD) 1998-2000: Postdoc researcher, National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), Center for Infectious Disease Epidemiology 1998: Assistant teacher in epidemiology (Radboud University) 1994-1998: PhD student, Radboud University, Dept. Epidemiology. Academic promotion: 17. November 1998 1991-1993: Public health researcher, Radboud University; Research Assistant, Radboud University; Assistant teacher in epidemiology, Radboud University Academic Work Abroad 1995: Institut interuniversitaire de recherches sur les populations (IREP), Chicoutimi, Québec, Canada, working visit (2 months) 2010: University of Auckland, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, School of Medicine, Dept Obstetrics and Gynaecology, New Zealand (2 months) 2010: University of Queensland, School of Population Health, Dept Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Australia (2 months)


Epidemiology (Full professor)
Clinical Epidemiology and Risk-Based Care.
Working days:
4 x 9 uur; niet op maandag, op dondermiddag afwezig i.v.m. VBC