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Interview: Yearning to see the bigger picture

‘I have a stutter. Because of this, I’ve always had a curiosity for disease-related topics and how they develop. In order to avoid speaking situations, I hid in the lab as a medical microbiology technician. But analysing materials of individual patients left me yearning to see the bigger picture. After all, why were these people... More

Coffee with Dick Heederik

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.


From measles to mosquitoes

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... More

‘We are very much unprepared against yet unknown RNA viruses’

Martijn van Hemert is one of the principal investigators at the Leiden University Medical Center Department of Medical Microbiology and will be speaking at the NCOH Annual Scientific Meeting on 30 May 2018 on the subject of inhibition of chikungunya virus replication.


‘Our ultimate goal is to reduce the number of Clostridium difficile infections’

Romy Zwittink is a researcher for the Department of Medical Microbiology at Leiden University Medical Centre and will be speaking at the NCOH Annual Scientific Meeting on 30 May 2018 on the subject of Clostridium difficile and the intestinal microbiome. We asked her three preliminary questions.


Pigs as models for Zika virus research

Studying pathogens in animals can provide important insights into disease development in humans. Zika virus is pathogenic to humans and nonhuman primates but does not naturally affect other species, complicating studies on pathogenesis and the evaluation of vaccines and antiviral therapies.


The role of small RNA fragments in spreading viruses

What makes the mosquito such a good vector of viruses? To answer this question, Ronald van Rij of Radboud university medical center is carrying out a detailed study of the defense system of the mosquito. In particular, he is looking at the role of small RNA fragments that are produced when the defense system attacks... More

Coffee with Heiman Wertheim

This year, Radboud university medical center (Radboudumc) joined the Netherlands Centre for One Health (NCOH) in partnership. Heiman Wertheim has taken up a position on the NCOH executive board and represents the Radboud Center for Infectious Diseases.


KNAW and NCOH in partnership: a logical next step

KNAW joins with three institutes. What do they do? Interview with Professor Jeroen den Hertog (representing KNAW).


Coffee with Menno de Jong, AMC Partner Representative in the Executive Board NCOH, Professor of Clinical Virology at the AMC

Interview with Menno on his work, emerging infectious diseases, and importance of the NCOH in enabling the necessary collaborations to tackle this.