Artemis One Health
-Director & Chief Scientific Officer-
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My work at Artemis:
I am involved in the scientific coordination of several national and EC-funded projects within Artemis, such as TBEV-COMEIN, EcoAlert, FLUNIVAC, COMPARE, and ZAPI. Furthermore, I am leading the project on development of an effective vaccine and a serologic assay for the Elephant herpes virus. I am actively involved in the development of new project proposals and grant acquisition.
Research interest: Disease Ecology, Evolutionary Epidemiology and Pathogenesis
I am interested in understanding the pathogenesis of viral diseases and use that knowledge to guide the development of safe and effective drugs and vaccines. For instance, I studied the pathogenesis of zoonotic viruses such as SARS-Coronavirus in ferrets and non-human primates and worked on the development of a candidate vaccine against this virus. Furthermore, I was involved in understanding the pathogenesis of animal virus infections such as infections in seals and in the development of an effective vaccine against the seal herpesvirus. Since 2008, I have been the team-leader of the group “exotic viruses” of the Erasmus Medical Center Rotterdam (NL), where I focus on understanding the pathogenesis of Dengue, Hanta, West Nile, Chikungunya, and Rabies virus infections and develop intervention strategies against these viruses.
My views on “One Health”
Since I was a student I believed that animals play an important role in emergence of infectious diseases. It has always been a strong motivation for me to be involved in research that would positively influence life expectancy and improved health status of the population by contributing to the reduction of infectious diseases as well as their determinants. Newly emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases cause considerable anxiety to citizens and outbreaks in humans and animals can also put a large economic and public health burden on countries. Therefore I believe no efforts should be spared for understanding diseases and implementing prevention strategies. Recognizing that human health, animal health, and ecosystem health are intimately linked, drives efforts to establish cooperation and collaboration between physicians, veterinarians, and other health scientists, a mission of Artemis. For this reason I want to be part of the Artemis team.
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