On Thursday, 28 February 2019, the ‘One Health’ debate will take place in The Hague. This debate is the conclusion of the Castellum research programme: a public-private partnership aimed at developing vaccines against zoonoses.
The Castellum programme focused on research into new vaccines for animals to prevent the introduction and spread of zoonoses. The goal of the public-private partnership was to make at least one vaccine available for the market, and this goal was achieved. The project has resulted in a new vaccine against Rift Valley fever virus (RVFV). Wageningen Bioveterinary Research (WBVR) has developed and tested the vaccine for safety and efficacy at its laboratory and animal facilities, where it is possible to work safely with zoonotic infectious diseases.
New innovation program
In 2019, the Netherlands Centre for One Health (NCOH) is launching a new Innovation Programme that is funded by the Top Sector Lifesciences and Health. The new programme is also based on a public-private partnership in the field of One Health. The One Health debate on 28 February 2019 will focus on scientific, organisational and administrative insights that emerged from Castellum programme. Relevant themes for the new Innovation Programme will also be discussed. Learn more about Castellum.
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.
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.
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).