Michiel Bots MD PhD

University Medical Center Utrecht

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In 1986, Michiel Bots received his medical degree at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. After working as a resident in Gynaecology and Obstetrics, at the Hospital Zonnegloren in Soest and as a resident in Surgery at the Juliana Hospital in Apeldoorn, his training in cardiovascular epidemiology started at the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics of the Erasmus University Medical School in Rotterdam. In 1993, he obtained his PhD degree on the thesis entitled 'Carotid wall thickness as indicator of generalised atherosclerosis'. In 1996 he moved to the Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care of the University Medical Center Utrecht in Utrecht, where in 2001 I became appointed associate professor in epidemiology. Over the years he has been involved as principal investigator in a variety of national and international studies on vascular topics and (have) serve(d) as a member in several executive committees of national and international randomized clinical trials. From 1997 he served as Managing (up to 2001) and Scientific director of Vascular Imaging Center Utrecht, a vascular core laboratory on quantification of structural, dynamic and functional arterial characteristics.

A large part of his research activities comprise studies around the development of atherosclerosis, its risk factors and its consequences. Atherosclerosis is the central theme, since the majority of cardiovascular disease arises from diseased of the arteries. The studies he is involved in vary from single center cross-sectional studies to multicenter international trials. Non-invasive assessment of atherosclerotic abnormalities through imaging in both high risk and low risk populations by measurement of carotid intima-media thickness, carotid plaque, arterial stiffness, coronary calcifications, coronary stenosis and their progression over time are major topics in my studies.