Erasmus MC professor Marion Koopmans, head of the Viroscience department at Erasmus MC and scientific director of the NCOH, has been chosen by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) as a new member. In total, the KNAW has selected 19 new members. Members of the KNAW, leading scientists from all disciplines, are chosen on the basis of their scientific achievements. The KNAW has around five hundred and fifty members and membership is for life. The new Academy members will be installed on Monday 16 September.
About Marion Koopmans (1956) – Professor of virology at Erasmus MC
Marion Koopmans has strongly contributed to the fight against outbreaks of Ebola, Zika and Corona viruses. She is a world leader in virus spread research and ensures that the results are applied. To map out contamination pathways, Koopmans uses the genetic variation in viruses. She is the initiator of the worldwide NoroNet network for research on noroviruses. As an advisor to the Health Council and the WHO, she plays an important role in combating infectious diseases. In 2018 she received the NWO Stevin premium of 2.5 million euros, the highest distinction in Dutch science.
Read more about all 19 new members on the KNAW website: https://www.knaw.nl/nl/actueel/nieuws/knaw-kiest-negentien-nieuwe-leden (Dutch)
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.