In Praise of Medicine

In Praise of Medicine are public lectures given by Erasmus MC on the topics of medical science and people.

In Praise of Medicine 2018

The theme for the 2018 presentation was ‘Disease X’. Leading researchers Jeremy Farrar, Marion Koopmans, and Ron Fouchier took us into the world of new infectious diseases outbreaks and showed us how we can prepare for these outbreaks.
The past ten years have taught us that new infectious diseases continue to develop and spread. They can spread worldwide, as has been shown by Zika, Ebola, MERS, and bird flu viruses. The World Health Organization (WHO) is committed to new collaborative efforts between experts in the fields of human, animal, and ecosystem health in order to be better prepared for future outbreaks of ‘Disease X’.
Watch In Praise of Medicine 2018 here

Speakers in 2018

  • Ron Fouchier
    Professor of Molecular Virology at Erasmus MC. He is a well-known researcher in the field of respiratory viruses: together with his team he discovered the MERS corona virus and the metapneumoniavirus. He also made a major contribution to research on the bird flu virus.
  • Jeremy Farrar
    Director of the Wellcome Trust, a British research charity that aims to improve health for everyone by supporting scientists, ideas, and initiatives that contribute to better world health. Previously, he was Professor of Tropical Medicine and Global Health at Oxford University.
  • Marion Koopmans
    Professor of Virology and head of the Virology department at Erasmus MC. Her research focuses on foodborne viruses and the spread of viruses among animals and from animals to humans. She is also an advisor to many national and international health organizations, including the Dutch Health Council and the WHO. She was awarded the NWO Stevin Prize (by the NWO, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research) on 15 June 2018.


Codarts Rotterdam is an international university of applied sciences providing high-level professional arts education in music, dance, and circus arts. The In Praise of Medicine lectures will be alternated by performances given by Codarts students. 
In Praise of Medicine takes place every year in the De Doelen Congress Center in Rotterdam. Check the De Doelen website for information on accessibility by public transport and parking options.

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