A flurry of activity surrounds the Netherlands Centre for One Health (NCOH) at the moment.
The documents that will secure the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) as an NCOH Associate Partner are currently making the rounds. This will be the first step in strengthening the collaboration with the RIVM in a variety of areas. The greatest challenge, of course, lies in putting such a partnership into practice. This applies to all NCOH Partners and is something we are trying to achieve through shaping our research agenda.
One element is the NCOH call for PhD candidates, which will be sent out in the coming weeks. We will be asking all NCOH Partners to assign PhD candidates to broader research lines. The idea is that we will invest as heavily as possible in collaborative projects to bring together multiple PhD candidates. In doing so, we will share our vision with the outside world and show how we intend to tackle today’s One Health challenges.
In addition, external opportunities are emerging that will provide added possibilities to communicate our vision in the coming period. For instance, we are currently working toward the first steps in setting up a One Health research programme with the Topsector Life Sciences & Health. This programme is likely to start in 2019. We hope to be able to share further details of this in the not-too-distant future.
In short: we are seeing interesting and exciting developments that offer the potential not only to reap the benefits of our own efforts, but also to further strengthen the research collaborations between NCOH Partners.
Dick Heederik, chair NCOH Executive Board
Coming five years, a large consortium of several NCOH Partners (coordinator Erasmus MC ), will investigate how the Netherlands can be better prepared for infectious diseases transmitted by mosquitoes. The multidisciplinary character of the collaboration, in which citizen science also plays a role, is unique.
The program makers of ‘De Kennis van Nu’ prepared a broadcast around mosquito research in The Netherlands. Recordings were made at the location and with researchers of several of our NCOH partners; Erasmus MC, Leiden University, RIVM and Wageningen University & Research.
Which groups are affected by certain chronic diseases, and which groups aren’t? This depends on genetics (30%) and on the exposome (70%). A consortium led by Professor Roel Vermeulen, affiliated with Utrecht University and University Medical Center Utrecht, will investigate which factors of the exposome are important for health and how these factors work.
Tropical viral diseases are on the rise worldwide. Zika, swine fly, Rift Valley fever and SARS are just a few of the many diseases threatening humans or animals. Jeroen Kortekaas, Wim van der Poel and Mart de Jong (WUR) explain the research that they do to prevent new outbreaks and epidemics.