News, stories and events (67)
July 3, 2020
Worries in China about the new influenzavirus
One pandemic is not yet gone or the next is rattling at the gate. In China, in recent years several pig farmers and slaughterhouse employees have been infected with a new, potentially dangerous variant of the flu.
July 2, 2020
Bas Oude Munnink: Genetics are on the heels of corona
A new technique gives Rotterdam geneticists rapid insights into the corona epidemic
July 2, 2020
Rory de Vries: New insight into vaccines against corona
Research by Erasmus MC shows that in addition to antibodies, another important player can be used: the T cell, which clears up the infection.
June 20, 2020
Interview with Marion Koopmans in the 'Volkskrant'
"It was not nice to be proved right this way"
June 11, 2020
Corine Geurts van Kessel in Nemokennislink
Only a small part of the Dutch population has had the coronavirus and therefore has antibodies in its blood. As a result, group immunity is out of reach for the time being. In any case, researchers are not yet sure how much protection these antibodies provide, and how long they will continue to work.
June 5, 2020
Nederlands coronamedicijn in massaproductie
Een groot Amerikaans farmaciebedrijf gaat per direct aan de slag met de massaproductie van een coronamedicijn, gebaseerd op een in Nederland gevonden antilichaam.
May 21, 2020
Podcast with Pieter Fraaij
Pediatrician and infectiologist Pieter Fraaij about the (mysterious) immune system of young children. (in Dutch)
May 20, 2020
KNAW webinar 19 Mei 2020 (in Dutch)
The corona virus has gripped the world for almost six months. In the Netherlands, after an intelligent lockdown, we are now taking the first steps towards an intelligent exit. The webinar is a follow-up to the KNAW symposium of 21 February.
May 15, 2020
Measles Paradox explained
How measles virus both weakens and activates the immune system
May 15, 2020
Meet Rik de Swart
Rik de Swart works as an associate professor at the Viroscience department of Erasmus MC in Rotterdam. He trained as a biologist and has conducted scientific research on the measles virus for a long time.
May 6, 2020
April 29, 2020
Barry Rockx: Comparative pathogenesis of COVID-19, MERS, and SARS in a nonhuman primate model
The current pandemic coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, was recently identified in patients with an acute respiratory syndrome, COVID-19. To compare its pathogenesis with that of previously emerging coronaviruses, we inoculated cynomolgus macaques with SARS-CoV-2 or MERS-CoV and compared the pathology and virology with historical reports of SARS-CoV infections.