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Dr. Ingrid Pelgrims PhD


Ingrid Pelgrims was born in Brussels, Belgium, on january 7th, 1985. After completing a bachelor’s degree in sociology at ULB (Brussels), she obtained a master in Public Health and Health Policy (ULB, 2010) and a master in Epidemiology and Biostatistics  (ULB, 2017). Between 2012 and 2018, she worked as a data analyst for the NGO “Medecins du Monde-BE” where she was responsible for advocacy projects related to access to the Belgian healthcare system. In 2014, she authored the “Green book on access to health care in Belgium” in partnership with INAMI/RIZIV.

She joined Sciensano in 2018 starting to work on the NAMED project, within the department “Risk and health impact assessment”. The NAMED project investigated how the built and non-built environment impact the mental wellbeing of Brussels’ citizens. From 2019 to 2023, She worked on the WAIST project, wihin the department “Health information”. The WAIST project aimed to assess the relative contribution of excess weight to non- communicable diseases in Belgium.

In 2023, she completed her Ph.D in statistical data analysis at the Department of Applied mathematics, Computer sciences and Statistics at Ghent University, under supervision of Prof. Dr. Stijn Vansteelandt.In 2023, she also started working on the new project BELAIR-POL, which aims to evaluate the impact of hypothetical intervention scenarios targeting long-term exposure to air pollution on reducing multi-morbidity and mortality in Belgium.

In her research, she focused on the impact of air pollution exposure and excess weight on non-communicable diseases in Belgium, using methods from the causal inference framework to provide actionable evidence for policy makers. She presented her results at several international conferences, including ISEE in Utrecht, WCPH in Roma, and EUPHA in Berlin.

In 2022, she started working as an Assistant Professor in the specialized master in public health methodology (MPHM) at ULB, in Brussels.

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