The MERS coronavirus (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) is a zoonotic virus that can infect humans from its dromedary camel reservoir. The virus can cause a severe lung disease in humans that often ends in death. Berend-Jan Bosch (Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University), Bart Haagmans (Erasmus MC) and their colleagues have discovered that the virus uses sugar molecules to enter the host cell. Their findings were recently published in the scientific journal PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences).
Researchers from Erasmus MC and Luzerner Kantonsspital (Switzerland) have found a way to reduce the use of antibiotics to treat suspected infections in newborns, which means that the newborn babies no longer have to receive antibiotics unnecessarily.
NCOH bundles One Health top research
The Netherlands Centre for One Health (NCOH) aims for an integrated One Health approach to tackle the global risk of infectious diseases. NCOH commits to create durable solutions for this major challenge by bundling world-leading academic top research in the Netherlands in the area of One Health. This virtual science-driven institution focuses its efforts on 4 complimentary strategic research themes.
Read our One Health Magazine
In this first edition of our One Health Magazine:
- Preface by Edith Schippers (Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport)
- Interview with prof. dr. Heymann
- Interviews with Scientific Directors of NCOH
Complimentary research themes
The 4 NCOH strategic research themes are complimentary and interactive. They focus on studying the interactions and connections between human, veterinary, wildlife, and environmental health in pursuit of durable solutions to grand societal challenges requiring a One Health approach.
NCOH is partner in the Netherlands Antibiotic Development Platform (NADP).