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PhD defence: Software recognizes and reconstructs genes that contribute to antimicrobial resistance

On 9 July, Jesse Kerkvliet completed his PhD and successfully defended his thesis ‘Antimicrobial resistance on the move: Computational methods to identify and reconstruct mobile genetic elements contributing to AMR dissemination’.


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Save the date: 16 October 2024 – NCOH Science Café

Join the upcoming NCOH Science Café: The Environmental Café. With the focus on healthy environments as they are prerequisites for good (one) health and happiness.

Coffee with Constance Schultsz

Constance Schultsz is a medical microbiologist and professor of Global Health. She has represented Amsterdam UMC on the NCOH Executive Board since 2021. In this interview she tells us about what motivates her, and gives us a glimpse into her life outside the hospital. “I sing and like to go to concerts. Bruce Springsteen’s concert at the Malieveld was a highlight for me.”

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.

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.

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.