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Department of Viroscience

Department of Viroscience

 
Viral infections continue to be among the leading causes of illness and death in populations across the world. These infections threaten the health of the global population if they are not rapidly detected and contained. The Virology Department of The Erasmus University Medical Center (Erasmus MC) is the national and international centre of excellence for research of viruses and virus infections at the molecular, patient and population level.
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Due to rapid demographic changes over the past decades, as well as globalization of travel and trade, new viral disease problems continue to emerge. Often, such infections come from contact with wild or domestic animals (zoonotic diseases), or from arthropod vectors (arboviruses).

Besides these new viral disease challenges, there are also viral disease challenges emerging from changes in the population. These endemic infections in high-risk patients can become problematic in the current patient group and more difficult to treat. This is due to aging and for instance impaired immunity. These kind of infections are currently getting more and more complex. 

The Virology Department of The Erasmus University Medical Center is the national and international centre of excellence for multidisciplinary, basic, translational and clinical research of viruses and virus infections at the molecular, patient and population level.

The unique aspect of the Virology Department is its translational approach, with expertise ranging from basic virology to clinical virology, connecting medical and veterinary health, public health and ecology.

By combining these complementary areas of expertise The Virology Department is able to meet today's and tomorrow's societal challenges in diseases caused by common and newly emerging viruses.

Our research is divided into three groups:

  • Endemic infections in high risk patients
  • Emerging and re-emerging
  • In between/cross over group: between common and new infections
       

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