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Prof Dr. Ir. A. Burdorf
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    1.        Snijder CA, Roeleveld N, te Velde E, Steegers EAP, Raat H, Hofman A, Jaddoe VWV, Burdorf A. Occupational exposure to chemicals and fetal growth. The Generation R Study. Hum Reprod 2012;27:910-20.


    2.        Kuijer PP, Takala EP, Burdorf A, Gouttebarge V, van Dien JH, van der Beek AJ, Frings-Dresen MH. Low back pain: doesnt work matter at all? Occup Med 2012;62:152-3.


    3.        Robroek SJW, Lindeboom DEM, Burdorf A. Initial and sustained participation in an Internet-delivered long-term worksite health promotion program on physical activity and nutrition. J Med Internet Res 2012;14:e43


    4.        Robroek SJW, van de Vathorst S, Hilhorst MT, Burdorf A. Moral Issues in Workplace Health Promotion. Int Arch Occup Environ Health 2012;85:327-31.


    5.        Snijder CA, KortenkampA, Steegers EAP, Jaddoe VWV, Hofman A, Hass U, Burdorf A. Intrauterine exposure to mild analgesics during pregnancy and the occurrence of cryptorchidism and hypospadia in the offspring. The Generation R Study. Hum Reprod 2012;27:1191-201.


    6.   Andersson L, Burdorf A, Bryngelsson IL, Westberg H. Estimating trends in quartz exposure in Swedish iron foundries predicting past and present exposures. Ann Occup Hyg 2012;56:362-72.




    1.        Robroek SJW, Van den Berg TIJ, Plat J, Burdorf A. The role of obesity and lifestyle behaviours in a productive workforce. Occup Environ Med 2011;68:134-9.


    2.        Viikari-Juntura E, Burdorf A. Return to work and job retention increasingly important outcomes in occupational health research. Scand J Work Environ Health 2011;37:814.


    3.        Kuijer PP, Frings-Dresen MH, Gouttebarge V, van Dien JH, van der Beek AJ, Burdorf A. Low back pain: we cannot afford ignoring work. Spine J 2011;11:164.


    4.        Burdorf A, Brand T, Jaddoe VW, Hofman A, Mackenbach JP, Steegers EAP. The effects of work-related maternal risk factors on time to pregnancy, preterm birth and birth weight: the Generation R study. Occup Environ Med 2011;68:197-204.


    5.        Naidoo S, London L, Burdorf A, Naidoo R, Kromhout H. Spontaneous miscarriages and infant deaths among female farmers in rural South Africa. Scand J Work Environ Health 2011;37:227-36.


    6.        Geuskens G, Burdorf A, Barendregt PJ, Hazes M. A high physical workload and high job demands hamper the good prognosis in physical functioning in persons with early inflammatory joint conditions. Rheumatology 2011:789-98.


    7.        Snijder CA, Brouwers MM, Jaddoe VWV, Hofman A, Roeleveld N, Burdorf A. Occupational exposure to endocrine disruptors and time to pregnancy among couples in a large birth cohort study. The Generation R study. Fertility and Sterility 2011;95:2067-72.


    8.        Gerth van Wijk R, Patiwael JA, de Jong NW, de Groot H, Burdorf A. Occupational rhinitis in bell pepper greenhouse workers: determinants of leaving work and the effects of subsequent allergen avoidance on health related quality of life. Allergy 2011;66:903-8.


    9.        Schuring M, Mackenbach J, Voorham T, Burdorf A. The effect of re-employment on perceived health. J Epidemiol Community Health 2011;65:639-44.


    10.     Burdorf A, Heederik D. Applying quality criteria to exposure in asbestos epidemiology increases the estimated risk. Ann Occup Hyg 2011;55:565-8.


    11.     Van den Berg TIJ, Robroek SJW, Plat JF, Koopmanschap MA, Burdorf A. The importance of job control for workers with decreased work ability to remain productive at work. Int Arch Occup Environ Health 2011;84:705-12.


    12.     Koppelaar E, Knibbe JJ, Miedema HS, Burdorf A.. Individual and organisational determinants of use of ergonomic devices in healthcare. Occup Environ Med 2011;68:659-65.


    13.     Burdorf A. Do costs matter in occupational health ? Occup Environ Med 2011;68:707-8.


    14.     Ltters FJB, Foets M, Burdorf A. Work and health, a blind spot in curative healthcare? A pilot study. J Occup Rehabil 2011;21:304-12.


    15.     Beenackers M, Kamphuis CBM, Burdorf A, Mackenbach JP, Lenthe van FJ. Sports participation, perceived neighborhood safety, and individual cognitions: how do they interact?  Int J Behavior Nutr Physical Activity 2011;8:76


    16.     Lenters V, Vermeulen R, Dogger S, Stayner L, Portengen L, Burdorf A, Heederik D. A meta-analysis of asbestos and lung Cancer:  Is better quality exposure assessment associated with steeper slopes of the exposure-response relationships? Environ Health Persp 2011;119:1547-55.


    17.  Naidoo S, London L, Burdorf A, Naidoo R, Kromhout H. Occupational activities associated with a reported history of Malaria among women working in small-scale agriculture in South Africa. Am J Trop Med Hyg 2011;85:805-10.



    1.        Burdorf A. The role of assessment of biomechanical exposure at the workplace in the prevention of musculoskeletal disorders. Scand J Work Environ Health 2010;36:1-2.


    2.        Rijn van RM, Huisstede BMA, Koes BW, Burdorf A. Associations between work-related factors and specific disorders of the shoulder: a systematic literature review. Scand J Work Environ Health 2010;36:189-201.


    3.        Driece H, Swuste PHJJ, Siesling S, Burdorf A. Assessment of cancer risks due to environmental exposure to asbestos.  J Exp Sc Environ Epidemiol 2010;20:478-85.


    4.        Jansen PW, Tiemeier H, Verhulst FC, Burdorf A, Jaddoe VWV, Hofman A et al. Employment status and the risk of pregnancy complications. The Generation R Study. Occup Environ Med 2010;67:387-94.


    5.        Berg van den TIJ, Elders LAM, Burdorf A. Influence of health and work on early retirement. J Occup Environ Med 2010;52:576-83.


    6.        Te Velde E, Burdorf A, Nieschlag E, Eijkemans R, Kremer JAM, Roeleveld N, Habbema D. Is human fecundity declining in Western countries? Hum Reprod 2010;25:1348-53.


    7.        Burdorf A. Research in occupational medicine in the Netherlands: responsiveness to societal needs. Occup Med 2010;60:242-6.


    8.        Karels CH, Bierma-Zeinstra SMA, Verhagen AP, Koes BW, Burdorf A. Sickness absence in patients with arm, neck and shoulder complaints presenting in physical therapy practice: 6 months follow-up. Man Therapy 2010;15:476-81.


    9.        Robroek SJW, Brouwer W, Lindeboom D, Oenema A, Burdorf A. Demographic, behavioral and psychosocial correlates of using the website-component of a worksite physical activity and healthy nutrition promotion program: a longitudinal study. J Med Int Res 2010;12:e44.


    10.     Duin van M, Eijkemans MJ, Koes BW, Koopmanschap MA, Burton AK, Burdorf A. The effects of timing on the cost-effectiveness of interventions for workers on sick leave due to low-back pain. Occup Environ Med 2010;67:744-50.


    11.     Patiwael JA, de Jong NW,  Burdorf  A, de Groot H, Gerth van Wijk R. Occupational allergy to bell pepper pollen in greenhouses in the Netherlands, an 8-year follow-up study. Allergy 2010;65:1423-9.


    12.     Naidoo S, London L, Rother HA, Burdorf A, Naidoo RN, Kromhout H. Pesticide safety training and practices in women working in small-scale agriculture in South Africa. Occup Environ Med 2010;67:823-8.


    13.     Van den Berg T, Schuring M, Avendano M, Mackenbach J, Burdorf A. The impact of ill health on exit from paid employment in Europe among older workers. Occup Environ Med 2010;67:845-52.


    14.     Burdorf A. Is retirement good for your health? BMJ 2010;341:1113-4.


    15.     Takala E-P, Andersen JH, Burdorf A, Fallentin N, Hartvigsen J, Leclerc A, Veiersted KB. Letter to the editor. Spine 2010;35:E1011-2.




    1.        Alavinia SM, Molenaar D, Burdorf A. Productivity loss in the workforce: associations with health, work demands, and lifestyle factors. Am J Ind Med 2009;52:49-56.


    2.        Alavinia SM, De Boer AGEM, Van Duivenbooden JC, Frings-Dresen MHW, Burdorf A. Determinants of work ability and its predictive value for disability. Occup Med 2009;59:32-7


    3.        Van Nieuwenhuyse A, Crombez G, Burdorf A, Verbeke G, Masschelein R, Moens GF, Mairiaux P. Physical characteristics of the back are not predictive of low back pain in healthy workers: a prospective study. BMC Musculoskeletal disorders 2009;10:2.


    4.        Pierik FH. Deddens JA, de Muinck Keizer-Schrama SMPF, de Jong FH, Weber RFA. Letter to the editor. Response: the hypothalamus-pituitary-testis axis in cryptorchid boys. Int J Androl 2009;32:90.


    5.        Silva LM, Steegers EA, Burdorf A, Jaddoe VW, Arends LR, Hofman A, Mackenbach JP, Raat H. Letter to the Editor: Response to detection of midpregnancy fall in blood pressure by out-of-office monitoring. Hypertension 2009;53:e14.


    6.        Rijn van RM, Huisstede BMA, Koes BW, Burdorf A. Associations between work-related factors and Carpal tunnel syndrome: a systematic review. Scand J Work Environ Health 2009;35:19-36.


    7.        Naidoo S, Burdorf A, London L, Naidoo R, Kromhout H. Musculoskeletal pain in women working in small-scale agriculture in South Africa. Am J Ind Med 2009;52:202-9.


    8.        Van den Berg TIJ, Elders LAM, de Zwart BCH, Burdorf A. The effects of work-related and individual factors on work ability: A systematic review. Occup Environ Med 2009;66:211-20.


    9.        Strien JW van, Weber RFA, Burdorf A, Bangma C. Higher free testosterone level is associated with faster visual processing and more flanker interference in older men. Psychoneuroendocrinology 2009;34:546-54.


    10.     Rijn van RM, Huisstede BMA, Koes BW, Burdorf A. Associations between work-related factors and specific disorders at the elbow: a systematic literature review. Rheumatol 2009;48:528-36.


    11.     Koppelaar E, Knibbe JJ, Miedema HS, Burdorf A. Determinants of implementation of primary preventive interventions on patient handling in healthcare: a systematic review. Occup Environ Med 2009;66:353-60.


    12.     Robroek SJW, van Lenthe FJ, van Empelen P, Burdorf A. Determinants of participation in worksite health promotion programmes: a systematic review. Int J Behav Nutr Physical Activity 2009;6:26.


    13.     Schutgens CAE, Schuring M, Voorham AJ, Burdorf A. Changes in physical health among participants in a multidisciplinary health programme for longterm unemployed persons. BMC Public Health 2009;9:197


    14.     Schuring M, Burdorf A, Kunst AE, Voorham AJ, Mackenbach JP. Ethnic differences in unemployment and ill health. Int Arch Occup Environ Health 2009;82:1023-30.


    15.     Alavinia SM, van den Berg TIJ, van Duivenbooden C, Elders LAM, Burdorf A. Impact of work-related factors, lifestyle, and work ability on sickness absence among Dutch construction workers. Scand J Work Environ Health 2009;35:325-33.


    16.     Pierik FH. Deddens JA, de Muinck Keizer-Schrama SMPF, de Jong FH, Weber RFA. The hypothalamus-pituitary-testis axis in boys during the first six months of life. A comparison of cryptorchidism and hypospadias cases with controls. Int J Androl 2009;32:453-61.


    17.     Schuring M, Burdorf A, Voorham AJ, Der Weduwe K, Mackenbach JP. Effectiveness of a health promotion programme for long-term unemployed subjects with health problems: a randomised controlled trial. J Epidemiol Commun Health 2009;63;893-9.