University of Maastricht (UniMaas)
Maastricht University (UniMaas) is a public university in Maastricht, the Netherlands, founded in 1976. It is a considered to be a high quality research institution.
Professor Marc Willemsen, PhD., holds an endowed professorship in Tobacco Control Research at the Department of Health Promotion, University of Maastricht. He is also a senior researcher and policy consultant at the Dutch Alliance for a Smoke Free Society in the Hague.
He has conducted numerous studies in the field of tobacco control, is co-editor of a comprehensive textbook on tobacco control for Dutch medical professionals, and was active as an expert in the development of the Dutch clinical guidelines for smoking cessation.
Hein de Vries
Hein de Vries has been a professor in Health Communication at Maastricht University since joining in 1998. He has and continues to be involved with many studies that test the efficacy of programs for smoking, and has developed evidence based health counselling guidelines on smoking cessation which are now part of the Dutch standard recommendations.
Hein is member of several international scientific committees, and associated editor of Health Education, Preventive Medicine, Psychology and Health and Tobacco Prevention and Cessation.
Dr. Gera E. Nagelhout has a background in Communication Science and a PhD in Health Promotion. Her PhD thesis was on the impact of smoking bans on smokers and she graduated cum laude in 2012. Currently, she has published more than 40 international peer-reviewed scientific articles. She works as post-doctoral researcher at Maastricht University for four days a week and as lecturer at The Hague University of Applied Sciences for one day a week. Her current research projects focus on health behaviour change among people with a low socioeconomic status. Finally, she supervises four PhD students on different projects related to smoking cessation.
Dr Karin Hummel works as researcher and lecturer in the Department of Health Promotion at Maastricht University. She has an MSc in Health Education and Promotion and recently finished her PhD research about the evaluation of tobacco control policies. She mainly worked with data from the International Tobacco Control (ITC) Netherlands Survey for this project.