Elizabeth Benz

Elizabeth Benz

Hi, my name is Elizabeth Benz. Currently, I am completing my PhD thesis on the topic of musculoskeletal ageing and chronic airway diseases at the Erasmus Medical Center University, in Rotterdam (the Netherlands). I aimed to understand the clinical characteristics and potential biomarkers (related to metabolic and inflammatory pathways) of sarcopenia (and its components), as well as the risk of all-cause mortality in older adults with COPD or asthma. I did so by employing data from the Rotterdam Study cohort.

In 2022 I started working on the European SO-NUTS Project at Auvergne University, Clermont-Ferrand (France), under the leadership of Prof. Yves Boirie at the Unit of Human Nutrition. The main focus of my research within the SO-NUTS Project is on the sarcopenic obesity phenotype and its associated risk factors among older people. Currently, I am working on creating a z-score that can be used to assess sarcopenic obesity. This approach relies on the diagnostic criteria recommended by the ESPEN/EASO consensus. I am using data from well-established cohorts such as the Rotterdam Study and the Health ABC Study.



  1. Assessing plasma-circulating proteomics for sarcopenia-traits: The Rotterdam Study.
  2. Sarcopenic-obesity probability index (SOPi) and its associated factors: a population-based study.



1.     Sarcopenia and sarcopenic obesity associated with all-cause mortality among older people Benz, E., Pinel, A., Guillet, C., Capel, F., Pereira, B., De Antonio, M., Pouget, M., Cruz-Jentoft, A., Eglseer, D., Topinkova, E., Barazzoni, R., Rivadeneira, F., Ikram, MA., Steur, M., Voortman, T., Schoufour, JD., Weijs, PJM., Boirie, Y. JAMA Networking Open 2024; 7 (3) e243604.

2.      Oral corticosteroid use and sarcopenia-related traits in older people with chronic airway disease: a population-based study Benz, E., Lahousse, L., Arinze, J. T., Wijnant, S., de Ridder, M., Rivadeneira, F., Brusselle, G. & Stricker, B. H., 1 Sept 2023, In: ERJ Open Research. 9, 5, 00492-2023.

  1. Frailty transitions in older persons with lung function impairment: a population-based study Wijnant, S. R. A., Benz, E., Luik, A. I., Rivadeneira, F., Voortman, T., Brusselle, G. G. & Lahousse, L., 24 Feb 2023, In: The journals of gerontology. Series A, Biological sciences and medical sciences. 78, 2, p. 349-356 8 p.
  1. Sarcopenia, systemic immune-inflammation index and all-cause mortality in middle-aged and older people with COPD and asthma: a population-based study Benz, E., Wijnant, S. R. A., Trajanoska, K., Arinze, J. T., de Roos, E. W., de Ridder, M., Williams, R., van Rooij, F., Verhamme, K. M. C., Ikram, M. A., Stricker, B. H., Rivadeneira, F., Lahousse, L. & Brusselle, G. G., Aug 2022, In: ERJ Open Research. 8, 1, 00628-2021.
  1. Sarcopenia in COPD: a systematic review and meta-analysis Benz, E.. Trajanoska, K., Lahousse, L., Schoufour, J., Terzikhan, N., de Roos, E., de Jonge, GB., Williams, R., Franco Duran, OH., Brusselle, G. & Rivadeneira, F., 2019, In: European Respiratory Review. 28, 154, 190049.
  1. Characterization of the physical capacity in children of the Chilean National Program of Cystic Fibrosis Puppo, H., Von Oetinger, A., Benz E., Torres-Castro, R., Zagolin, M., Lina Boza, M., Astorga, L., Bozzo, R., Jorquera, P., Kogan, R. & Perillan, J., 2018, In: Revista Chilena De Pediatria-Chile. 89, 5, p. 638-643 6 p.


  1. Sarcopenia and Its Clinical Correlates in the General Population: The Rotterdam Study Trajanoska, K., Schoufour, J., Darweesh, S., Benz E., Medina Gomez, M., Alferink, L., Lahousse, L., Brusselle, G., Stricker, B., Darwish Murad, S., Zillikens, M. C., Uitterlinden, A., Ikram, A., Franco Duran, OH. & Rivadeneira, F., 2018, In: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research. 33, 7, p. 1209-1218 10 p.

Email: e.benz@erasmusmc.nl

Pure: E. Benz Inalaf — Erasmus University Rotterdam (eur.nl)