Committee Aims and Leads

The Capacity Building Network is a rebranded committee replacing the former Mid Career Committee (MCN). CBN aims to support the needs of (self-selected) mid-career members of ISBNPA. In addition, the CBN aims to identify the unique perspective of mid-career and locate opportunities for education, funding, mentorship and networking. Also, CBN aims to provide a representative voice for mid-career members of ISBNPA, identify, recruit and retain potential members, facilitate communication between members and to collaborate across ISBNPA committees for education, networking and membership opportunities. Ultimately,  CBN is an opportunity to facilitate the natural transition from early-career to senior/leadership positions. 

The focus of the Capacity Building Network will lie on six main themes, encompassing different aspects of learning and training within the ISBNPA research fields: 

  1. Management and leadership; 
  2. Networking; 
  3. Research methodology and applied analytical techniques;
  4. Science advocacy;
  5. Impact


Trynke Hoekstra is an assistant professor at the Department of Health Sciences of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She teaches epidemiology and biostatistics courses on BSc-, MSc and postgraduate level. Her research concerns active lifestyle promotion in clinical rehabilitation among people with physical disabilities or chronic diseases. Additionally, her more methodologically oriented research projects focus on the unraveling of (patient) heterogeneity. Trynke likes to work in multidisciplinary teams and aims to educate her students in becoming critical and constructive young professionals.

Borja del Pozo-Cruz is a behavioural scientist working in the area of Physical Activity and Public Health; his particular interest is in modelling the health-related outcomes of the dynamics of use of time across the 24 hours, and developing optimal strategies to help modify behaviours towards physical activity, active lifestyle and better quality of life in vulnerable to inactivity populations, with particular focus on individuals with chronic diseases across the lifespan. The major challenge of improving psychological and other health-related outcomes and quality of life has involved his participation in several funded projects over the last 6 years, resulting in over 60 peer-reviewed scientific papers. Dr. del Pozo-Cruz serves in various professional and scientific bodies including the Sedentary Behaviour Research Network, the Global Burden of Disease Study, the New Zealand Physical Activity Network, the International Society for Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity, and the International Society for Physical Activity and Health. Dr. del Pozo-Cruz bring expertise on the assessment of physical activity and sedentary behaviour patterns using objective techniques. Moreover, he is well skilled in complex statistical analysis procedures such as compositional data analysis, mixture models or cost-effectiveness analysis of interventions. Dr. del Pozo-Cruz does regular peer-esteem work through manuscript reviewing and editorial work for some prestigious journals in the biomedical, public health and preventive medicine field.