Frequently asked questions

You can find answers to frequently asked questions here. If you can’t find your question here, please do not hesitate to contact us on 020 555 5495 or send an e-mail to We’d be happy to help you!

What is Sarphati Amsterdam?

Sarphati Amsterdam, research for healthy living – is a unique scientific research institute in Amsterdam that focuses mainly on innovative interdisciplinary research for effective and sustainable prevention of diseases of affluence such as excess weight and obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. The objective is to promote a healthy lifestyle, optimum living conditions and prevent Amsterdam youth from becoming overweight or obese. In doing so we lay the foundation to prevent and eradicate these disorders in the long term.

Is Sarphati Amsterdam a commercial organisation?

No, Sarphati Amsterdam was founded by the Public Health Service of Amsterdam (GGD), the Municipality of Amsterdam and Amsterdam knowledge institutes, VU, Amsterdam UMC, UvA and HvA.

How do we handle privacy?

Within the Municipality of Amsterdam the Public Health Service of Amsterdam (GGD) is responsible for realising the Sarphati Cohort. You can expect that we handle the data we collect with care. Researchers within Sarphati Amsterdam only have access to anonymised data. This means that when researchers receive a file with data from the Sarphati Cohort, this file will be fully anonymised. Where necessary the information is aggregated in such a way that this can no longer be traced to individual persons. You can find more information in the Sarphati App.

What are non-communicable diseases?

Non-communicable diseases are those that mainly occur in parts of the world in which prosperity is increasing. The most important disorders that fall within this are: cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes, serious excess weight, obesity and COPD (chronic lung diseases).