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About Netherlands Centre for One Health

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.

Infectious diseases: a major world-wide public health threat

Infectious diseases form a world-wide threat to human and animal health. Prevention and the control of infectious diseases outbreaks is an important societal challenge. Another grand challenge is posed by antibiotic resistance. Prevention of resistance and development of novel therapeutics and treatment strategies is of world-wide importance. As the causes and possible solutions also include components of healthy farming and healthy wildlife and ecosystems, a One Health approach is required to solve these major societal challenges.


One Health solutions

To formulate an answer to these grand challenges and develop global, integrated solutions, it is important to bundle knowledge and expertise in the field of One Health research. Therefore, the Netherlands Centre for One Health (NCOH) was initiated. NCOH is an open virtual science-driven network that bundles world-leading academic research groups, across different institutions in the Netherlands, that are active in various complementary fields of One Health research.

NCOH aims to perform fundamental, translational, and applied scientific research that integrates human, veterinary, and environmental elements and considerations. It focuses 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. The NCOH aspires to function as the national coordinating platform for One Health research, strengthen and consolidate the One Health knowledge and research basis in the Netherlands, and provide a trusted and excellent launching platform for public-private partnerships in the international One Health research field.

Initiated by Utrecht University, University Medical Center Utrecht and Wageningen University & Research. Joined by Erasmus Medical Center Rotterdam, Academic Medical Center Amsterdam, Leiden University and Leiden University Medical Center. NCOH closely collaborates with the RIVM and is open for participation by Dutch Universities, University Medical Centers, NWO and KNAW institutes, and TNO and Wageningen Research institutes.

NCOH has one common Strategic Research Agenda with four complementary Strategic Research Themes.

NCOH Partners

NCOH brings together academic research institutes in the Netherlands that are active in One Health research together with other leading parties to forge an open innovation network with the capacity to take joint responsibility for finding answers to global One Health challenges.


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In pursuit of durable solutions to grand societal challenges requiring a One Health approach.