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Lilian L. Peters obtained her master's degree in Health Sciences from the University of Maastricht (2007). Afterwards she worked as a clinical project manager at the Trial Coordination Centre (University Medical Center Groningen [UMCG]) coordinating and supervising international clinical trials. From 2009 till 2015 she worked as a PhD-student at the department of Epidemiology of the UMCG. Her PhD project involved the development of tailored elderly care for which she conducted extensive psychometric evaluations of a frailty instrument (Groningen Frailty Indicator) and a case complexity instrument (INTERMED for the Elderly Self Assessment). During her PhD project, Lilian Peters completed several courses for her Epidemiologist registration and was introduced to the field of Reproductive Epidemiology. Afterwards she decided to pursue a career in this field.

Since May 2014 Lilian works as a postdoctoral researcher at the department of Midwifery Science, AVAG, EMGO + Institute for Health and Care Research at the VU University Medical Center Amsterdam. Currently, she is a project leader of a project aiming to develop woman-centred pregnancy care with e-health in the Netherlands. Moreover, with several international data registries (e.g. News South Wales population data, Swedish Medical Birth Register) she asses the effect of mode of birth on the infants’ health in later life. Additionally, she assesses the effect of conception, course(s) of pregnancy and childbirth on mothers’ health. Therefore she is involved in two add-on studies in the population cohort study LifeLines ( In LifeLines ROAHD data of reproductive health, exposures and psychosocial data of 25.000 women will be collected in autumn 2016. In the similar period also biomaterial and questionnaire data will be collected in the baby birth cohort LifeLines NEXT.

Finally, as an epidemiologist Lilian analyses data of the Netherlands Perinatal Registry (PERINED), and the Birthplace cohort study (in collaboration with the University of Oxford, National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit), and the Swedish Medical Birth Register (in collaboration with the University College Cork, Irish Centre for Fetal and Neonatal Translation research).