On 15 June NWO chair Stan Gielen announced that professor Marion Koopmans wins a NWO Stevin Prize. The Stevin Prizes are, together with the Spinoza Awards, the highest awards in Dutch science. Marion Koopmans will receive 2.5 million euros, which she can spend on scientific research and activities related to knowledge utilisation.
On 28 May, the RIVM published a report on the current state of knowledge about bacteriophages. The RIVM study was commissioned by the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport after publications in the media about phage therapy. Since the television broadcast Dokters van Morgen, microbiologist Marc Bonten of the UMC Utrecht is regularly confronted with patients who demand treatment with bacteriophages. “I receive weekly mails from patients who request it, and in one case someone has also demanded such treatment.”
The second Annual Scientific Meeting on May 30, 2018 has been a great success. Prevention and control of infectious diseases outbreaks are important societal challenges that require an integrated and balanced perspective in which human, veterinary, wildlife, and environmental elements and considerations are integrated. This One Health perspective was the overarching subject of the meeting.
One of the tropical diseases that have been on the rise in the past years is Zika. This disease is transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes. Marc Lecuit of the Institut Pasteur in Paris is investigating how an infection with the Zika virus leads to microcephaly, a neurogenetic disorder that is accompanied by a smaller-than-normal size of the head.
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).