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PhD defence: Living close to livestock farms and respiratory health risks

On 15 February 2024 Warner van Kersen successfully defended this thesis ‘Air pollution from livestock farms and respiratory health impacts in neighbouring residents’ at Utrecht University.


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Save the date: 30 May 2024 – NCOH Annual Scientific Meeting

Join the upcoming NCOH Annual Scientific Meeting in Amsterdam – an event with brimming scientific insights, a captivating PhD pitch competition, and valuable networking opportunities with fellow One Health enthusiasts.

Looking back at the NCOH Science Café 2023

‘Making connections’ was the overarching theme of the Netherlands Centre for One Health Science Café in the Van Swinderhuys on 9 November 2023 in Groningen. This year’s meeting was organised by the University of Groningen. After a warm welcome and introduction of Groningen Research by University of Groningen’s Bert Poolman, NCOH’s chair of the executive board Annemarie Rebel addressed the Science Café attendees whereby she underlined the importance of connecting the science at the Dutch top research institutes in the field of One Health.

NCOH Student Travel Grant

The NCOH awards a number of travel grants to PhD students of NCOH Partners selected to present their abstract at an international One Health-related academic conference.

And the winner of the Science Café pitch award 2023 is…

Annette Westgeest of Leiden University Medical Center won the Science Café pitch award by audience vote with the pitch on her research. MRSA is commonly known as a deadly superbug. Generally, the bacteria are carried in the nose. The Netherlands has a low prevalence of MRSA due to the search and destroy strategy, but there are still unanswered questions. Westgeest focusses on narrowing down the vulnerable part of the population.

Update from the NCOH Executive Board

Beginning of this year the Executive Board was eagerly preparing a new application for the National Growth Fund, aimed at increasing the national preparedness for infectious disease outbreaks. These efforts were combined with Pandemic & Disaster Preparedness Centre (PDPC) and a joint application was submitted.

Coffee with Lidwien Smit

Lidwien Smit has been serving as Professor of One Health and Environmental Epidemiology at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Utrecht University since 1 November 2021. She is also a member of the NCOH Executive Board. Read more about her domain of expertise, the challenges she faces, her role in NCOH and why One Health research is fascinating.

First chickens in test phase vaccinated against bird flu virus

The first jab was given: 1800 day-old chicks received a vaccination against highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu. Never before have chickens in the Netherlands been vaccinated against bird flu in a field trial.