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Dr. Geeske Peeters

Dr Geeske Peeters joined TILDA as a Global Brain Health Institute (GBHI) fellow in 2016. Her research interests are in understanding the interrelationship between lifestyle, physical and cognitive functioning and health outcomes, such as falls, arthritis and dementia, from a life course perspective. Her work informs the development of strategies to improve physical and cognitive functioning and prevent falls and dementia.

Prior to joining TILDA, Geeske worked as a senior research fellow at the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne and as a research fellow at the Schools of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences and Public Health at the University of Queensland, Brisbane. In 2009, she received her doctorate after defending her thesis titled "Prevention of falling in older persons with a high risk of recurrent falling" at the EMGO Institute of the VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam. Geeske has degrees in Occupational Therapy (BA, Hogeschool Zuyd, Heerlen) Human Movement Science (MSc, VU University, Amsterdam) and Epidemiology (MSc, EMGO Institute, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam).

Current Research

  • The prevalence and risk factors of falls in middle-aged adults (STEP consortium).
  • The interrelationship of falls, fear of falling, and physical and cognitive functioning.

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Peeters G, Tett SE, Hollingworth SA, Gnjidic D, Hilmer SN, Dobson AJ, Hubbard RE. Associations of Guideline Recommended Medications for Acute Coronary Syndromes With Fall-Related Hospitalizations and Cardiovascular Events in Older Women With Ischemic Heart Disease. Js Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2017. 72(2): 259-265. doi:10.1093/gerona/glw111. Epub 8 July 2016.

  • Jones M, Tett S, Peeters GM, Mishra GD, Dobson A. New-Onset Diabetes After Statin Exposure in Elderly Women: The Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health. Drugs Aging. 2017. 34(3):203-209. Doi: 10.1007/s40266-017-0435-0.

  • Peeters GM, Rainbird S, Lorimer M, Dobson AJ, Mishra GD, Graves SE. Improvements in physical function and pain sustained for up to 10 years after knee or hip arthroplasty irrespective of mental health status before surgery. Acta Orthop. 2016:1-14.

  • van Boheemen L, Tett SE, Sohl E, Hugtenburg JG, van Schoor NM, Peeters GM. Associations Between Statin Use and Physical Function in Older Adults from The Netherlands and Australia: Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam and Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health. Drugs Aging. 2016. 33(6):437-445. Doi: 10.1007/s40266-016-0370-5. Epub 4 May 2016.

  • Skinner TL, Peeters G, Croci I, Bell KR, Burton NW, Chambers SK, Bolam KA. Impact of a brief exercise program on the physical and psychosocial health of prostate cancer survivors: A pilot study. Asia-Pacific J Clin Oncol. 2016. 12(3):225-234.

  • Parkinson L, Moorin R, Peeters G, Byles J, Blyth F, Caughey G, Cunich M, Magin P, March L, Pond D. Incident osteoarthritis associated with increased allied health services use in 'baby boomer' Australian women. Aust N Z J Public Health. 2016. 40(4):356-361. Doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12533. Epub 21 May 2016.

  • Pavey T, Peeters GM, Gomersall SR, Brown WJ. Long-term Effects of Physical Activity Level on Changes in Healthy Body Mass Index Over 12 Years in Young Adult Women. Mayo Clinic Proc. 2016. 91(6): 735-744. doi: 10.1016/j.mayocp.2016.03.008. Epub 5 May 2016.

  • Dontje ML, Krijnen WP, de Greef MHG, Peeters GMEE, Stolk RP, van der Schans CP, et al. Effect of diagnosis with a chronic disease on physical activity behavior in middle-aged women. Prev Med. 2016. 83:56-62. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2015.11.030. Epub 15 Dec 2015.

  • Beard, JR, Officer A, de Carvalho IA, Sadana R, Pot AM, Michel JP, Lloyd-Sherlock P, Epping-Jordan JE, Peeters GM, Mahanani WR, Thiyagarajan JA and Chatterji S. The World report on ageing and health: a policy framework for healthy ageing. Lancet. 2016. 387(10033):2145-2154. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(15)00516-4. Epub 29 October 2015.

  • Van der Hoorn MMC, Tett SE, de Vries OJ, Dobson AJ, Peeters GMEE. The effect of dose and type of proton pump inhibitor use on risk of fractures and osteoporosis treatment in older Australian women: a prospective cohort study. Bone. 2015. 81:675-682. doi: 10.1016/j.bone.2015.08.024.

  • Peeters G, Jones M, Byles J, Dobson AJ. Long-term Consequences of Noninjurious and Injurious Falls on Well-being in Older Women. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2015. 70(12):1519-1525. doi: 10.1093/gerona/glv102. Epub 14 Aug 2015.

  • Page A, Peeters G, Merom D. Adjustment for physical activity in studies of sedentary behaviour. Emerging Themes in Epidemiology. 2015. 12(1):10. doi: 10.1186/s12982-015-0032-9. Epub 8 Jul 2015.

  • Peeters GM, Herber-Gast GC, Dobson AJ, et al. Changes in the Relationships Between Body Mass Index and Health Outcomes Across Middle Age and Older Adulthood. Mayo Clin Proc. 2015. 90:903-10 doi:10.1016/j.mayocp.2015.04.006. Epub 05 Jul 2015.

  • Peeters GM, Pisters MF, Mishra GD, Brown WJ. The influence of long-term exposure and timing of physical activity on new joint pain and stiffness in mid-age women. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2015;23(1):34-40. doi: 10.1016/j.joca.2014.06.040. Epub 22 Oct 2014.

  • Peeters GMEE, Alshurafa M, Schaap LA, de Vet HCW. Diagnostic accuracy of self-reported arthritis is acceptable. J Clin Epidemiol. 2015. 68(4): 452-459. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2014.09.019. Epub 3 Dec 2014.

  • Peeters G, Brown WJ, Burton NW. Psychosocial factors associated with increased physical activity in insufficiently active adults with arthritis. J Sci Med Sport. 2015. 18:558-564. doi: 10.1016/j.jsams.2014.08.003. Epub 15 Aug 2014.

  • Aguilar Farias N, Brown WJ, Olds T, Peeters G. Validity of self-report methods for measuring sedentary behaviour in older adults. J Sci Med Sport. 2014. doi: 10.1016/j.jsams.2014.08.004. Epub 15 Aug 2014.

  • Peeters GM, Tett SE, Duncan EL, Mishra GD, Dobson AJ. Osteoporosis medication dispensing for older Australian women from 2002 to 2010: influences of publications, guidelines, marketing activities and policy. Pharmacoepidemiology & Drug Safety. 2014. 23(12):1303-1311. doi: 10.1002/pds.3703. Epub 30 Aug 2014.

  • Peeters G, Tett SE, Conaghan PG, Mishra GD, Dobson AJ. Is statin use associated with new joint-related symptoms, physical function and quality of life? The Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health. Arthritis Care & Research. 2015;76(1):13-20. doi: 10.1002/acr.22389. Epub 25 Jun 2014.

  • Pavey TG, Peeters G, Brown WJ. Sitting-time and 9-year all-cause mortality in older women. Br J Sports Med. 2015. 49(2): 95-99. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2012-091676. Epub: 2012/12/15.

  • Clark BK, Peeters GMEE, Gomersall SR, Pavey TG, Brown WJ. Nine year changes in sitting time in young and mid-aged Australian women: findings from the Australian Longitudinal Study for Women's Health. Preventive Medicine. 2014;64:1-7. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2014.03.017. Epub 25 Mar 2014.

  • Peeters G, Mishra DE, Dobson AJ, Brown WJ. Health-related costs associated with prolonged sitting and inactivity. Am J Prev Med. 2014. 46(3): 265-72. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2013.11.014.

  • Peeters G, Lips P, Brown WJ. Changes in physical functioning over 6 years in older women: effects of sitting time and physical activity. European Journal of Ageing. 2014;11(3):205-212. doi: 10.1007/s10433-013-0300-x. Epub: 30 Oct 2013.

  • Uijtdewilligen L, Peeters G, van Uffelen J, Twisk J, Singh A, Brown WJ. Determinants of physical activity in a cohort of young adult women. Who is at risk of inactive behaviour? J Sci Med Sport. 2014;18(1):49-55. doi: 10.1016/j.jsams.2014.02.005. Epub 19 Mar 2014.

  • Wong JY, Gilson ND, Peeters GM, Ostini R, Bush RA, Brown WJ. The characteristics of inactive men working in a regional area of Queensland, Australia. J Sci Med Sport. 2014;17(1):56-60. Doi: 10.1016/j.jsams.2013.02.008. Epub: 16 Mar 2013.

  • Peeters G, van Gellecum YR, van Uffelen JG, Burton NW, Brown WJ. Contribution of house and garden work to the association between physical activity and well-being in young, mid-aged and older women. Br J Sports Med. 2014;48:996-1001. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2012-091103. Epub: 2012/09/01.

  • Peeters G, Dobson AJ, Deeg DJ, Brown WJ. A life-course perspective on physical functioning in women. Bull World Health Organ. 2013;91(9):661-70. doi: 10.2471/blt.13.123075. Epub: 9 Oct 2013.

  • Peeters G, Dobson AJ. Letter to the Editor: Time for the next chapter in the development of fall risk profiles. Age Ageing [Internet]. Oct 2013. Available from:

  • Ryde GC, Brown HE, Peeters GM, Gilson ND, Brown WJ. Desk-based occupational sitting patterns: weight-related health outcomes. Am J Prev Med. 2013;45(4):448-52. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2013.05.018. Epub: 21 Sept 2013.

  • Van Leeuwen D, de Ruiter CJ, Deeg DJH, Peeters GMEE, Twisk JWR, Lips P, de Haan A. Effects of self-reported osteoarthritis on physical performance. A longitudinal study with a 10-year follow-up. Ageing Res Clin Exp. 2013;25(5):561-569. doi: 10.1007/s40520-013-0110-1. Epub: 21 Aug 2013.

  • Legge J, Burgess-Limerick R, Peeters G. A New Pre-Employment Functional Capacity Evaluation Predicts Longer Term Risk of Musculoskeletal Injury in Healthy Workers: A Prospective Cohort Study. Spine (Phila Pa 1976), 2013;38(25):2208-2215. doi: 10.1097/brs.0000000000000013. Epub: 21 Spet 2013.

  • van Uffelen JG, van Gellecum YR, Burton NW, Peeters G, Heesch KC, Brown WJ. Sitting-time, physical activity, and depressive symptoms in mid-aged women. Am J Prev Med. 2013;45(3):276-81. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2013.04.009. Epub: 21 Aug 2013.

  • Aguilar-Farias N, Brown WJ, Peeters GM. ActiGraph GT3X+ cut-points for identifying sedentary behaviour in older adults in free-living environments. J Sci Med Sport. 2014. 17(3):293-299. doi: 10.1016/j.jsams.2013.07.002. Epub: 13 Aug 2013.

  • de Vries OJ, Peeters G, Elders P, Sonnenberg C, Muller M, Deeg DJ, Lips P. The elimination half-life of benzodiazepines and fall risk: two prospective observational studies. Age and Ageing. 2013;42(6): 764-770. doi: 10.1093/ageing/aft089. Epub: 1 Aug 2013.

  • Peeters G, Hockey R, Brown W. Should physical activity intervention efforts take a whole population, high-risk or middle road strategy? J Phys Act Health. 2014;11(5):966-970. Epub: 17 May 2013.

  • Manenschijn L, Schaap L, van Schoor NM, van der Pas S, Peeters GM, Lips P, Koper JW, van Rossum EF. High long-term cortisol levels, measured in scalp hair, are associated with a history of cardiovascular disease. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2013;98(5):2078-83. doi: 10.1210/jc.2012-3663. Epub: 19 Apr 2013.

  • Peeters G, Parkinson L, Badley E, Jones M, Brown WJ, Dobson AJ, Mishra GD. Contemporaneous severity of symptoms and functioning reflected by variations in reporting doctor-diagnosed osteoarthritis. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2013;65(6):945-53. doi: 10.1002/acr.21929. Epub: 3 Jan 2013.

  • Pavey TG, Peeters G, Bauman AE, Brown WJ. Does Vigorous Physical Activity Provide Additional Benefits Beyond Those of Moderate? Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2013;45(10):1948-55. doi: 10.1249/MSS.0b013e3182940b91. Epub: 2 Apr 2013.

  • Peeters G, Brown W, Burton N. Physical Activity Context Preferences in People with Arthritis and Osteoporosis. J Phys Act Health. 2014;11(3):536-542. Epub: 2013/02/19.

  • de Vries OJ, Peeters GM, Lips P, Deeg DJ. Does frailty predict increased risk of falls and fractures? A prospective population-based study. Osteoporos Int. 2013;24(9):2397-403. doi: 10.1007/s00198-013-2303-z. Epub: 2013/02/23.

  • Peeters G, van Gellecum Y, Ryde G, Farias NA, Brown WJ. Is the pain of activity log-books worth the gain in precision when distinguishing wear and non-wear time for tri-axial accelerometers? J Sci Med Sport. 2013;16(6):15-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jsams.2012.12.002. Epub: 2013/01/05.

  • Peeters GM, Burton NW, Brown WJ. Associations between sitting time and a range of symptoms in mid-age women. Prev Med. 2013;56(2):135-41. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2012.12.008. Epub: 2012/12/25.

  • Gardiner MP, Lightman S, Sayer AA, Cooper C, Cooper R, Deeg D, Ebrahim S, Gallacher J, Kivimaki M, Kumari M, Kuh D, Martin RM, Peeters G, Ben-Shlomo Y, the Halcyon Study T. Dysregulation of the hypothalamic pituitary adrenal (HPA) axis and physical performance at older ages: An individual participant meta-analysis. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2013;38:40-9. doi: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2012.04.016. Epub: 2012/06/05.

  • Peeters GM, Tett SE, Dobson AJ, Mishra GD. Validity of self-reported osteoporosis in mid-age and older women. Osteoporos Int. 2012;24(3):917-27. doi: 10.1007/s00198-012-2033-7. Epub: 2012/06/08.

  • Schaap LA, Peeters GM, Dennison EM, Zambon S, Nikolaus T, Sanchez-Martinez M, Musacchino E, van Schoor NM, Deeg DJ. European Project on Osteoarthritis (EPOSA): methodological challenges in harmonization of existing data from five European population-based cohorts on aging. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2011;12(1):272. doi: 10.1186/1471-2474-12-272. Epub: 2011/11/30.

  • Peeters GMEE, Elders PJM, Lips P, Deeg DJH. Snelle inschatting van de kans op herhaald vallen bij ouderen die hulp zoeken na een val. [Quick estimation of the risk of recurrent falling in older persons seeking care after a fall]. Huisarts & Wetenschap. 2011;4:186-91.

  • Rabelink NM, Peeters GM, van Schoor NM, Drent ML, Lips P. Self-reported loss of consciousness after head trauma does not predispose to hypopituitarism in an older population. J Head Trauma Rehabil. 2011;26(1):90-7. doi: 10.1097/HTR.0b013e31820367b3. Epub: 2011/01/07.

  • Peeters GM, Heymans MW, de Vries OJ, Bouter LM, Lips P, van Tulder MW. Multifactorial evaluation and treatment of persons with a high risk of recurrent falling was not cost-effective. Osteoporos Int. 2011;22(7):2187-96. doi: 10.1007/s00198-010-1438-4. Epub: 2010/10/21.

  • de Vries OJ,* Peeters GM,* Elders PJ, Muller M, Knol DL, Danner SA, Bouter LM, Lips P. Multifactorial intervention to reduce falls in older people at high risk of recurrent falls: a randomized controlled trial. Arch Intern Med. 2010;170(13):1110-7. doi: 10.1001/archinternmed.2010.169 . Epub: 2010/07/14. * shared first authorship

  • Peeters GMEE, Moeijes M, Lips P. Hoe verloopt de relatie tussen fysieke activiteit en de kans op (herhaald) vallen bij zelfstandig wonende ouderen? [What is the shape of the relationship between physical activity and the risk of (recurrent) falling in community-dwelling older people]. Fysiotherapie en Ouderenzorg. 2010 Jun; 2: 20-25.

  • Peeters GM, Pluijm SM, van Schoor NM, Elders PJ, Bouter LM, Lips P. Validation of the LASA fall risk profile for recurrent falling in older recent fallers. J Clin Epidemiol. 2010;63(11):1242-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2009.12.012. Epub: 2010/04/10.

  • Invited paper - Peeters G, van Schoor NM, Lips P. Fall risk: the clinical relevance of falls and how to integrate fall risk with fracture risk. Best Pract Res Clin Rheumatol. 2009;23(6):797-804. doi: 10.1016/j.berh.2009.09.004. Epub: 2009/12/01.

  • Peeters GM, van Schoor NM, Pluijm SM, Deeg DJ, Lips P. Is there a U-shaped association between physical activity and falling in older persons? Osteoporos Int. 2010;21(7):1189-95. doi: 10.1007/s00198-009-1053-4 [doi]. Epub: 2009/09/17.

  • Peeters GM, Verweij LM, van Schoor NM, Pijnappels M, Pluijm SM, Visser M, Lips P. Which types of activities are associated with risk of recurrent falling in older persons? J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2010;65(7):743-50. doi: 10.1093/gerona/glq013. Epub: 2010/02/18.

  • Schoorlemmer RM, Peeters GM, van Schoor NM, Lips P. Relationships between cortisol level, mortality and chronic diseases in older persons. Clin Endocrinol (Oxf). 2009;71(6):779-86. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2265.2009.03552.x. Epub: 2009/02/20.

  • Peeters GM, van Schoor NM, van Rossum EF, Visser M, Lips P. The relationship between cortisol, muscle mass and muscle strength in older persons and the role of genetic variations in the glucocorticoid receptor. Clin Endocrinol (Oxf). 2008;69(4):673-82. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2265.2008.03212.x. Epub: 2008/02/06.

  • Peeters GMEE, de Vries OJ, Elders PJM, Pluijm SMF, Bouter LM, Lips P. Preventie van valincidenten bij patiënten met een hoog valrisico. [Prevention of fall incidents in patients with a high fall risk]. Tijdschrift voor verpleeghuisgeneeskunde. 2008; 33(5): 162-167.

  • Peeters GM, de Vries OJ, Elders PJ, Pluijm SM, Bouter LM, Lips P. Prevention of fall incidents in patients with a high risk of falling: design of a randomised controlled trial with an economic evaluation of the effect of multidisciplinary transmural care. BMC Geriatr. 2007;7:15. doi: 10.1186/1471-2318-7-15. Epub: 2007/07/04.

  • Peeters GM, van Schoor NM, Visser M, Knol DL, Eekhoff EM, de Ronde W, Lips P. Relationship between cortisol and physical performance in older persons. Clin Endocrinol (Oxf). 2007;67(3):398-406. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2265.2007.02900.x. Epub: 2007/06/09.

Government Report

  • Peeters GMEE, van Schoor NM, Lips P, Deeg DJH. Validering van screeningsinstrumenten voor de identificatie van vallers. [Validation of screening instruments to identify fallers]. Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam, EMGO+ Institute, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, December 2008. (Report written at the request of the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport.)