Biography

Professional profile and research focus

Inez Schoenmakers is a senior lecturer at the Medical School, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK. In 2016 she transitioned from MRC-Human Nutrition Research, Cambridge, UK.

Her research is focussed on the investigation of human calcium, phosphate and vitamin D metabolism, particularly in relation to bone health. This research aims to investigate the metabolic processes that underpin the development and maintenance of a healthy bone phenotype and to characterise how these are modulated by ageing and early life, kidney function, nutrition, ethnicity and genetic factors. It utilises a combination of research designs, including RCT’s, dynamic and stable isotope methods and observational research in healthy people and patient groups. Her scientific work is funded by University of East Anglia and Medical Research Council; further funding is obtained from the Academy of Medical Sciences, Arthritis Research UK and other funding bodies. She provides expert advice on several collaborative and externally funded projects and governmental bodies, most notably the WHO.

She has worked in both academia and industry. In the past, she has worked with various animal models, cell and tissue culture techniques and patient groups.

 

Professional qualifications

BSc in Health Sciences University of Maastricht, The Netherlands

MSc in Health Sciences/Medical Biology, University of Maastricht, The Netherlands

PhD, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

 

Professional memberships

American Society for Bone and Mineral Research

Bone Research Society

 

Research interests

Vitamin D metabolism and status

Hormonal regulators of bone health

Bone health through the life-course

 

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