Personal information

Giel Nijpels     

Contact details
Department of General Practice 
EMGO Institute VU University Medical Center
Van der Boechorststraat 7
1081 BT Amsterdam
tel: +31-20-4449659; fax: +31-20-4448361

Short biography

Giel Nijpels (1949, Alkmaar, the Netherlands) studied medicine at the University of Amsterdam and specialised as a general practitioner. In 1976 he started a Health Center in Hoorn (a town about 50 km above Amsterdam), where he worked as a general practitioner and in 1989 he was one of the initiators of the Hoorn Study, a study of glucose tolerance in the general population. In 1996 is obtained a PhD at the VU Medical Center Amsterdam, this was a study of the Natural History of Impaired Glucose Tolerance, a part of the Hoorn Study.
In 1996 is started the Diabetes Care System West-Friesland, one of the first diabetes management models in the Netherlands. He is now medical advisor of the Diabetes Care System West-Friesland (website:

Giel Nijpels is professor of General Practice with special attention to Diabetes Care, at the Department of General Practice VU University medical center Amsterdam (2006-present). He is project leader of several scientific projects on the epidemiology and pathophysiology of type 2 diabetes and projects on diabetes prevention and diabetes care programmes. He is programme director of the research program Lifestyle, Diabetes and Overweight of the EMGO Institute, director of the Diabetes Research Center in Hoorn, director of the Diabetes Care System West-Friesland and chairman of the foundation of Arateus of Cappadocie. His special research focuses are the prevention of type 2 diabetes and diabetes care models. Many of the research projects with respect of diabetes care are related to the Chronic Care Model and disease management of diabetes. Self-management, risk communication, organisation of shared diabetes care and cost-effectivity are important elements of this research. Het is (co)author of more than 350 international publications. Since January 2010 he is member of the Scientific research Board of the Dutch Diabetes Foundation.

(Inter)National collaborations
International cooperation:
Diabetes Research Group Pisa (E. Ferrannini): pathogenesis of insulin resistance
University of Cambridge (N. Warham, S. Griffin, W. Hardeman, S. Sutton): screening for type 2 diabetes; behavioural change programmes
University of Oxford (A. Farmer) Self-management of Blood Glucose Control
University of Copenhagen (Knut Borch-Johnsen, Steno Diabetes Center): DECODE

National cooperation:
RIVM Bilthoven (C.Baan, T. Feenstra): cost-effectiveness of diabetes care/Diamant study
IMTA Rotterdam (L. Niessen): cost-effectiveness of diabetes care/ screening model for  retinopathy

Julius centrum UMC Utrecht (G.Rutten): samen leven met diabetes programma

Julius centrum UMC Utrecht (K.Moons): Diamant study