Biography

Vera started in the department of Nutrition and Preventive Medicine in March 2014. She worked on the ENRICH study and is currently involved in the Blueberry study. Before arriving at the UEA, she obtained a BSc in Nutrition and MSc in Food Safety from Wageningen University, the Netherlands. She proceeded to do her PhD at the same university on the health effects and risk assessment of soy isoflavones, which was awarded in June 2014. During her PhD she sucessfully ran two clinical trials on gene expression effects of isoflavones in PBMCs and adipose tissue. She is currently studying the effects of anthocyanins on cardiovascular health and insulin resistance in the Blueberry study, including the effects and quantification of anthocyanin metabolites.

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Berends, L. M., van der Velpen, V., Cassidy, A.

(2015)

Flavan-3-ols, theobromine, and the effects of cocoa and chocolate on cardiometabolic risk factors,

in Current Opinion in Lipidology

26.

pp. 10-19

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van der Velpen, V., Geelen, A., Hollman, P. C., Schouten, E. G., van 't Veer, P., Afman, L. A.

(2014)

Isoflavone supplement composition and equol producer status affect gene expression in adipose tissue: a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled crossover trial in postmenopausal women,

in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

100.

pp. 1269-1277

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van der Velpen, V., Hollman, P. C., van Nielen, M., Schouten, E. G., Mensink, M., Van't Veer, P., Geelen, A.

(2014)

Large inter-individual variation in isoflavone plasma concentration limits use of isoflavone intake data for risk assessment,

in European Journal of Clinical Nutrition

68.

pp. 1141-7

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van der Velpen, V., Geelen, A., Schouten, E. G., Hollman, P. C., Afman, L. A., van 't Veer, P.

(2013)

Estrogen receptor-mediated effects of isoflavone supplementation were not observed in whole-genome gene expression profiles of peripheral blood mononuclear cells in postmenopausal, equol-producing women,

in Journal of Nutrition

143.

pp. 774-780

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van der Velpen, V., van 't Veer, P., Islam, M. A., ter Braak, C., van Leeuwen, F. R., Afman, L. A., Hollman, P. C., Schouten, E. G., Geelen, A.

(2016)

A risk assessment-driven quantitative comparison of gene expression profiles in PBMCs and white adipose tissue of humans and rats after isoflavone supplementation,

in Food and Chemical Toxicology

95

pp. 203-210

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Berends, L. M., van der Velpen, V., Cassidy, A.

(2015)

Flavan-3-ols, theobromine, and the effects of cocoa and chocolate on cardiometabolic risk factors,

in Current Opinion in Lipidology

26

(1)

pp. 10-19

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Islam, M., Hooiveld, G., van den Berg, J., Boekschoten, M., van der Velpen, V., Murk, A., Rietjens, I., van Leeuwen, F.

(2015)

Plasma bioavailability and changes in PBMC gene expression after treatment of ovariectomized rats with a commercial soy supplement,

in Toxicology Reports

2

pp. 308–321

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van der Velpen, V., Geelen, A., Hollman, P. C., Schouten, E. G., van 't Veer, P., Afman, L. A.

(2014)

Isoflavone supplement composition and equol producer status affect gene expression in adipose tissue: a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled crossover trial in postmenopausal women,

in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

100

(5)

pp. 1269-1277

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


van der Velpen, V., Hollman, P. C., van Nielen, M., Schouten, E. G., Mensink, M., Van't Veer, P., Geelen, A.

(2014)

Large inter-individual variation in isoflavone plasma concentration limits use of isoflavone intake data for risk assessment,

in European Journal of Clinical Nutrition

68

(10)

pp. 1141-7

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


van der Velpen, V., Geelen, A., Schouten, E. G., Hollman, P. C., Afman, L. A., van 't Veer, P.

(2013)

Estrogen receptor-mediated effects of isoflavone supplementation were not observed in whole-genome gene expression profiles of peripheral blood mononuclear cells in postmenopausal, equol-producing women,

in Journal of Nutrition

143

(6)

pp. 774-780

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Lima, L. J. R., van der Velpen, V., Wolkers-Rooijackers, J., Kamphuis, H. J., Zwietering, M. H., Nout, M. J. R.

(2012)

Microbiota dynamics and diversity at different stages of industrial processing of cocoa beans into cocoa powder,

in Applied and Environmental Microbiology

78

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pp. 2904-2913

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