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)
The second edition of the NCOH Magazine has been published at the Annual Scientific Meeting at Radboudumc 17 may. Here is your chance to look at the digital version.
Will we be able to respond adequately when an unknown virus with pandemic potential emerges? The recent outbreak of MERS in the Middle East was an interesting testcase. Martine van Roode and Carolina dos Santos Ribeiro analysed the factors that hampered, or enabled, the flow of information, in Qatar and the wider Arabian peninsula.
Young NCOH is the network for PhD students and post-docs from the NCOH research groups. Aim of the network is sharing knowledge and expertise in One Health related disciplines, which can lead to new collaborations in research. The kick off of the network takes place at the Annual Scientific Meeting, 17 May 2019 (ASM2019).
Rory de Vries (born 1982) is receiving the premium for his research on the human body’s defences against respiratory viral infections, and for his ability to communicate his knowledge of virology and infectious diseases to a wide audience. Rory de Vries is a post-doctoral researcher at Erasmus MC in Rotterdam.