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Our research

About new emerging viral infections

Viral infections like Ebola, MERS, SARS and Zika continue to be among the leading causes of illness and death across the world. They threaten the health of the global population if they are not rapidly detected and contained. 

Besides known viruses, new viruses continue to emerge due to rapid demographic changes over the past decades, as well as globalization of travel and trade. SARS-CoV-2 is a recent example. The current COVID-19 pandemic shows the devastating impact emerging zoonotic diseases can have on societies.

As the pandemic continues to unfold, understanding how the epidemic began is essential to prevent further SARS-CoV-2 virus introductions and help prevent introductions of new viruses in the future. It could also potentially assist with the development of treatments and vaccines. Identifying the origin of the virus, however, is a complex task, which requires strong international and multi-sectoral collaboration, and a commitment to leverage expertise, capacity, and work globally.

Besides being highly involved in this part of the global scientific research on SARS-CoV-2, The Department of Viroscience of the Erasmus MC is also executing research on many other aspects of SARS-CoV-2.  

The Department of Viroscience of the Erasmus MC

is an 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 Department of Viroscience 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 Department of Viroscience is able to meet today's and tomorrow's societal challenges in diseases caused by common and newly emerging viruses. 

The Department of Viroscience is Reference Centre for:

  1. WHO Collaborating Centre (WHO-CC) – Emerging Viral Infections
  2. WHO National Reference Laboratory Centre - Measles & Rubella 
  3. National Reference Centre for Influenza and Emerging Infections in The Netherlands 

Professor Marion Koopmans, Head of the Department of Viroscience, is also part of the international team of the current WHO-convened Global Study of the Origins of SARS-CoV-2 China studies (November 2020). 

Global impact of the department of Viroscience 

  • Global scientific cooperation SARS-CoV-2
  • Discovery of the human metapneumovirus, MERS-CoV and others
  • The identification of camels as the reservoir for MERS-CoV
  • Basic insights into how avian influenza viruses and other zoonoses cause diseases in humans
  • Unravelling how avian influenza viruses can become transmissible for humans
  • Discovery of mechanism of norovirus evolution and its impact on population health
  • Support to WHO as collaborating centre for emerging viral infections
  • And many more

Reference Centers

The Department of Virology of the Erasmus MC is:

  1. WHO Collaborating Centre (WHO-CC) – Emerging Viral Infections
  2. WHO National Reference Laboratory Centre - Measles & Rubella
  3. National Reference Centre for Influenza and Emerging Infections in The Netherlands 

1. WHO Collaborating Centre (WHO-CC)

Main activity of the Department of Virology (Viroscience) of the Erasmus MC as WHO Collaborating Centre is to support outbreak response operations during outbreaks of Emerging and Dangerous Pathogens coordinated by WHO. Examples of this are the contributions of the department in identifying the cause of SARS and MERS coronavirus, the studies unraveling the role of camels as sources MERS COV, support in investigations of Zika virus in Surinam and Brazil, and the operation of mobile laboratories during the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

The Department of Virology (Viroscience) uses classical and newly developed state-of-the-art technology to identify known or new viral pathogens. This is possible because the Department of Virology has a wide-array of serological and molecular tests to identify known pathogens. Random priming sequencing technology is also available for unknown agents.

During response operations to outbreaks of Emerging and Dangerous Pathogens coordinated by WHO, the Department of Virology will be contacted by WHO to provide onsite laboratory diagnostic support with staff and equipment when possible. The field deployment of lab equipment or staff will be coordinated with WHO and partners involved in control operations. Depending on incriminated pathogen, the Department of Virology will provide lab diagnostic technology to rapidly, safely and accurately diagnose patient and support Surveillance, Case management and research projects.

The Department of Virology also provides technical support to National laboratories by providing (in limited quantities) reagents and diagnostic methods to national reference laboratories.
The Department of Virology (Viroscience) is WHO Collaborating Centre regarding Viral infections on the following terms of reference:

  • To cooperate with WHO in its function of alert and response to outbreaks of Emerging and Dangerous Pathogens of international importance, including outbreaks of Arboviruses, Viral Haemorrhagic Fevers and novel and emerging infectious diseases.
  • Support WHO in the early diagnosis, rapid identification and characterization of high-risk pathogens specimens submitted through WHO, keeping the results confidential, if so required.
  • During response operations to outbreaks of Emerging and Dangerous Pathogens coordinated by WHO, to assist with epidemiological surveys carried out under the responsibility of WHO by providing personnel and/or equipment when possible.
  • During response operations to outbreaks of Emerging and Dangerous Pathogens coordinated by WHO, to provide onsite laboratory diagnostic support with staff and equipment when possible.
  • Provide technical support to the national laboratories involved in epidemiological and laboratory investigations during Emerging Infectious Diseases outbreak responses.
  • To inform WHO of any epidemiological or laboratory finding that would be in conjunction with a risk of transmission of a severe disease of international concern: Arboviruses, Viral Haemorrhagic Fevers and novel and emerging infectious diseases.

2. WHO National Reference Laboratory Centre - Measles & Rubella

The Department of Virology (Viroscience) of the Erasmus MC is accredited as National Reference Laboratory for Measles and Rubella, as part of the WHO European Measles and Rubella Laboratory Network. This responsibility is shared with the National Institute of Public Health and the Environment, Center for Infectious Disease research, Diagnostics and Screening. The objective of the laboratory network is to document and verify elimination of measles and rubella from the WHO European Region, based on procedures developed for certification of the global eradication of smallpox and poliomyelitis.

Measles, rubella and congenital rubella syndrome are preventable through immunization. The diseases are important causes of global morbidity and mortality. All countries in the WHO European Region include highly effective and safe measles and rubella vaccines in their vaccination program. However, due to persistent gaps in immunization coverage outbreaks of measles and rubella continue to occur.

The WHO National Reference Laboratories have two main responsibilities:

  • Case-based laboratory diagnosis of suspected measles and rubella cases, and reporting of confirmed cases to the surveillance system;
  • Genotyping of measles and rubella viruses, and reporting viral sequences to the surveillance systems MeaNS and RubeNS.

All WHO regions have elimination goals for measles and rubella. The criteria for the verification of measles elimination are documentation of the interruption of endemic measles and rubella for a period of more than 36 months in the presence of an adequate surveillance system that can detect import-related cases. This must be supplemented with genotyping data that support the interruption of endemic transmission.

These efforts should eventually lead to the ultimate goal of global eradication of measles and rubella.

3. National Reference Centre for Influenza and Emerging Infections in The Netherlands

The Department of Virology (Viroscience) is National Reference Centre for Influenza and Emerging Infections in the Netherlands.

Influenza surveillance Newsletters

You can find the Influenza Newsletters (in DUTCH): here

Want to sign up for the Infuenza surveillance nieuwsbrieven? Please, send an e-mail to: nic@erasmusmc.nl ( in DUTCH)




Research Lines

Research organization

Our research program has two main pillars:

  1. One health (research lines 1, 2, 3)

    As a result of world-wide changes in climate, land use, and animal management, there is an increased risk of zoonotic viruses crossing the species barrier, adapting to the human host, and gaining human-to-human transmissibility, resulting in novel epidemics or pandemics. The main goal of this research pillar is to provide the basic, translational and clinical research needed to develop evidence-based detection, prevention, treatment and intervention strategies against zoonotic viruses with potential to cause epidemics and pandemics.
  2. Personalised health (research lines 4, 5, 6, 7)

    Due to major demographic changes in our population, the group of high-risk patients (elderly, immuno-compromised, patients with complex co-morbidities, prematurely born children) is increasing, resulting in an increased burden of disease due to acute and chronic infections with a range of viruses. The main goal of this pillar is to improve detection, prevention and intervention strategies against such virus infections at the patient level.

Research line 1

Emerging Infectious disease research preparedness and response in a One Health context.

Research line 2:

Emerging disease (immune)pathogenesis, and medical countermeasures.

Research line 3:

Influenza virus ecology, evolution, pathogenesis, and public health impact

Research line 4:

Immunopathogenesis of paramyxoviruses and pneumoviruses

Research line 5:

NeuroImmune Biology of Virus Infections (NIMBUS)

Research line 6:


Research line 7: 

Clinical Virology

Laboratory for Calcium and Bone Metabolism

The overall aim of the research group is to understand the mechanisms behind skeletal disorders and discover novel therapeutic targets for the treatment of disturbances in bone and mineral homeostasis.

Viroscience: Clinical Virology

The overall aim of this research line is to improve diagnosis, triaging, monitoring and treatment for an increasing patient population at risk of complications due to a range of co-morbidities

Viroscience: Emerging disease (immune)pathogenesis, and medical countermeasures

The overall objective of this research line is to unravel key pathogenic pathways for selected EID as a basis for future interventions and medical countermeasures.

Viroscience: Emerging Infectious disease research preparedness and response in a One Health context

Overall objective is to reduce impact of emerging infectious diseases through development of risk based-prediction and early warning tools, state-of-the-art reference diagnostics, and rapid research response during outbreaks.

Viroscience: HIV and HCV

The pathogenesis, prevention and treatment of chronic viral infections.

Viroscience: Immunopathogenesis of paramyxoviruses and pneumoviruses

The overall aim of this research line is to understand the interaction of paramyxo- and pneumoviruses and the host in order to identify correlates of disease or protection, understand viral mechanisms of immune evasion, and use these insights to develop intervention strategies.

Viroscience: Influenza virus ecology, evolution, pathogenesis and public health impact

The overall objective of this research line is to reduce the impact of epidemic and pandemic influenza through research on viruses in reservoir hosts, transient hosts, and humans, and to develop mitigation strategies based on surveillance, vaccines and antivirals..

Viroscience: NeuroImmune Biology of Virus Infections (NIMBUS)

The overall aim of this research line is to decrease the impact of virus-induced neurological diseases through detailed knowledge of the complex tripartite interaction between viruses, the human nervous system and the immune system.

WHO Collaborating Centre (WHO-CC) for Arbovirus and Haemorrhagic Fever Reference and Research

Our main role is to support WHO in its function of alert and response to outbreaks of emerging and dangerous pathogens of international importance, including outbreaks of arboviruses, viral haemorrhagic fevers and novel and emerging infectious diseases at the human - animal interface.

Principal Investigators

Postdoc Researchers

To have a look at the personal page of our Postdoc researchers, click on their name.



  • BARDA 
  • Brains4Viruses
  • CEPI
  • CRIP
  • DUCAMID (NWO Caribbean)
  • Dutch Covid & Trombosis Coalition
  • ECRAID-plan
  • EFSA NGS Noro
  • EFSA Wild
  • EHVA
  • Epitope Mapping
  • EVAg
  • EVDLabNet
  • Fighting Covid-19 in animals and humans, a one health approach
  • INITIATE ETN Marie Curie
  • Mrace, Innovative HIV prevention strategies based on transmission networks in Rotterdam
  • Mrace, Treatment for chronic norovirus infections
  • Nophame, Marie Curie IF
  • NWA-ORC Preparing for vector-borne virus outbreaks in a changing world: a One Health Approach
  • One Health PACT
  • RIVM - ECDC Surveillance
  • RIVM emerging infections
  • RIVM Flu Research
  • SHARP 
  • Simon Stevin
  • Single cell T-cell
  • STW Environmental safety
  • Support Casper
  • VetBioNet
  • Vidi Respiratory Viruses
  • Vidi, Identifying determinants of respiratory virus transmission between mammals
  • ZAPI (IMI )
  • ZIKAlliance
  • ZikaRisk
  • Zoonoses in the night

Notable results

Societal relevance results

  • Discovery of the human metapneumovirus, MERS CoV, and others.
  • The identification of camels as the reservoir for MERS CoV.
  • Basic insights into how avian influenza viruses and other zoonoses cause diseases in humans.
  • Unravelling how avian influenza viruses can become transmissible for humans.
  • Discovery of mechanism of norovirus evolution and its impact on population health.
  • Support to WHO as collaborating centre for emerging viral infections.


ECO Health Alliance - The Department of Virology is closely involved in the Eco Health Alliance. 

NCOH - The Department of Viroscience is one of the founding partners of NCOH, in addition to Utrecht University, Wageningen University & Research Centre, University Medical Center Utrecht and Academic Medical Centre Amsterdam.

NORONET - The Department of Virology of the Erasmus MC is partner of NoroNet., an informal network of scientists working in public health institutes or universities sharing virological, epidemiological and molecular data on the norovirus. 

OVIT Consortium - De OVIT consortium is a Dutch consortium focused on delivering effective solutions in pancreatic cancer; a multidisciplinary team that includes virologists, paediatric oncologists and neurosurgeons from Erasmus MC, LUMC and UMC Utrecht.

RODIN - Regional Rotterdam Infectious Diseases Network

Events and awards

In the media

Corona and other viruses in the media

Blinde evolutie
NRC Handelsblad · 11-09-2021

Bionieuws · 04-09-2021

Onderzoek oorsprong virus snel
NRC in de ochtend · 26-08-2021

Alarm CDC over deltavariant: ’Voorlopig geen festivals en nachtclubs’
telegraaf.nl · 30-07-2021

Feesten, vaccins en aanvaardbare schade
Volkskrant · 17-07-2021

Voor elk coronavaccin worden proefapen gebruikt. Zoals Chips en Dip. 
volkskrant.nl · 13-07-2021 

Hoeveel zorgen moeten we ons maken over een vierde coronagolf?
rijnmond.nl · 07-07-2021

Viroloog Koopmans over versoepelingen: er gaan veel dingen mis
zorgnieu.ws · 06-07-2021

Live | Meer dan 2000 nieuwe coronagevallen, 19 procent besmet in de horeca
parool.nl · 06-07-2021

NPO Radio 1 · 01-07-2021 ·Klik op 'Lees verder' en vervolgens bovenin op 'Web' om het RTV bericht te bekijken/beluisteren...

De voors en tegens van een jaarlijkse coronaprik
fd.nl · 28-06-2021

Corona kan hersencellen infecteren
medicalfacts.nl, 28-06+-2021, Debbie van Riel

Nieuwe ziekte: ’Gewone’ huissteekmug steeds vaker drager van westnijlvirus
noordhollandsdagblad.nl · 25-06-2021 

Gezondheidsraad laat zich niet opjagen, ook niet in pandemie
NRC in de ochtend, 25-06-2021

Handen schudden en drie zoenen als begroeting, willen we dat nog wel?
headtopics.com, 24-06-2021, Eric van Gorp

Afscheid van het mondkapje maar wat hebben we eraan gehad?
Volkskrant · 25-06-2021 

Deltavariant neemt in Rotterdam sterker toe dan elders
AD.nl, 22-06-2021, Marion Koopmans

Toe naar een nieuw systeem, Thijs Kuiken, dierenarts en viroloog in Veearts

Onderzoek naar honderden jongeren die corona hadden na examenreisjes: mogelijk Indiase variant
Algemeen Dagblad, 16-06-2021, Marion Koopmans

RIVM onderzoekt: verspreiden jongeren 'Indiase variant"na tripje Zuid-Europa?
Het Parool, 16-06-2021, Marion Koopmans

De bron van de pandemie blijft onzeker: kwam virus wel of niet uit lab
Elsevier weekblad, 16-06-2021, Marion Koopmans

Interview met Marion Koopmans
NPO Radio 1 Nieuws en co, 3-6-2021

Ook T-cellen beschermen na vaccin tegen varianten
NRC NEXT 27-05-2021, Rory de Vries

Krijgen we straks een vierde golf? En nog vier vragen over een mogelijke uitbraak in de winter
www.trouw.nl · 26-05-2021 · Bart Haagmans

Veel meer investeren in wetenschap is mogelijk én noodzakelijk voor de BV Nederland
www.volkskrant.nl · 26-05-2021

Hoe voorkomen we de volgende pandemie?
BNR nieuwsradio, 19 mei 2021, Marion Koopmans

Liveblog teruglezen: ook bibliotheken vanaf 20 mei open, Kamer kritisch over 'willekeur' in versoepelingsplan
Rijnmond, 12 mei 2021, Marion Koopmans

Zeer gevaarlijke vogelgriep leeft toch weer op in noorden
Nederlands Dagblad, 1 mei 2021, Thijs Kuiken

In het Erasmus MC wordt gezocht naar de oorzaak van de zeldzame trombose door vaccins
Trouw, 1 mei 2021,Eric van Gorp

Buiten hutjemutje op elkaar met Koningsdag: hoe gevaarlijk is dat?
AD.nl/Binnenland, 28 april 2021, Marion Koopmans

Wat doen we tegen het grote muggengevaar?
NRC 20-04-2021, Marion Koopmans

Waar corona straks op lijkt
Wat voor ziekte wordt corona als de crisis straks echt voorbij is?
De Volkskrant 17-04-2021 Ron Fouchier

Ontstonden de mazelen zodra mensen in grote steden gingen wonen?
Www. Volkskrant.nl 16-04-2021 Rik de Swart

Onbegrip over wéér een prikpauze voor AstraZeneca
www.ad.nl · 06-04-2021 Marion Koopmans

Viroloog Koopmans relativeert kans op trombose AstraZenecavaccin
Reformatorisch Dagblad, 03-04-2021

Koopmans en Gommers ontvangen Machiavelliprijs
Trouw, 29-03-2021

Marion Koopmans in het journaal
NPO 2 NOS Journaal Regio 24-03-2021

Interview Annemiek van der Eijk
BNR Nieuwsradio BNR Ochtendspits 19-03-2021 07:00


Gentoxisch effect mRNA-vaccin ‘zeer onwaarschijnlijk
NTGV, 05-02-2021, Rik de Swart

Nederlandse vee-industrie is broedplaats voor zoönosen
Wakker Dier, 05-02-2021, Ron Fouchier

Hoe zorgwekkend zijn de coronavarianten en wat betekent dit voor de vaccins?
Nu.nl, 22-01-21, Bart Haagmans 

WHO-onderzoekers mogen na twee weken hun hotel in Wuhan uit
NRC.nl, 28-01-2021, Marion Koopmans

Hoe werkt een vaccin? Zo leg je het uit aan je kind(eren)
Nu.nl, 27-01-2021, Rik de Swart, Marion Koopmans

Geen grootschalige verspreiding Britse variant in Lansingerland
HvHolland ed Lansingerland, 26-01-2021, Marion Koopmans

Pandemic & Disaster Preparedness Center bereidt straks beter  voor op rampspoed
www.reuma-arnhem.nl, 26-01-2021, Marion Koopmans

De groepsimmuniteit is een illusie gebleken in het Braziliaanse Manaus
Het Parool, 20-01-2021, Marion Koopmans

The next pandemic is incubating in extremely large chicken houses
de Correspondent, Interview with Thijs Kuiken

The beginning of the end of the pandemic is in sight
de Correspondent, podcast with Marion Koopmans

Internationaal onderzoek in China naar oorsprong covid-19: het team gaat op pad 
de Volkskrant, 26 november 2020, Marion Koopmans

‘Corona-college’ voor Feyenoord-selectie na testochtend
Feyenoord 1  07 augustus 2020 13:18 clubarts Casper van Eijck, virologe Annemiek van der Eijk en IC-arts Diederik Gommers.

Wat lifter mee in ons bloed?
hetnatuurhistorischmuseum.nl Programma 20-09-2020, Rik de Swart

Miljarden puzzelstukjes tegen corona
Labtechnology, 06-08-2020, Marion Koopmans

Is er sprake van een tweede golf?
NRC, 05-08-2020, Marion Koopmans

Extra Digitale Editie over de coronacrisis als traumaverwerking. Of als voorbereiding op fase 2
de Volkskrant, 02-08-2020, Bart Haagmans

Vies, maar belangrijk werk: Virologen speuren naar corona in ontlasting van Rotterdammers
Algemeen Dagblad, 28-07-2020, Miranda de graaf

Uitbraak coronavirus onder Rotterdamse studenten
Algemeen Dagblad, 27-07-2020, Marion Koopmans

Zelfs in celkweek werkt chloroquine niet
NRC, 22-07-2020, Bart Haagmans

Forse stijging van aantal nieuwe coronabesmettingen
NRC, 21-07-2020, Marion Koopmans

Het virus is klaar’, en andere dwarse ideeën
De Volkskrant, 21-07-2020, Marion Koopmans

‘Risico voor publiek groter dan voor sporters’
BN De Stem, 17-07-2020, Marion Koopmans

Corona-aanpak | Marion Koopmans, viroloog 
BNR Webredactie, 16 juli 2020, 

Kunnen wetenschappers binnenkort een nieuwe uitbraak van infectieziektes voorspellen?
NPO radio 1, 15-07-2020, Marion Koopmans

Viroloog Erasmus MC leidt groot project naar opsporing infectieziektes
Rijnmond Nieuws, 15-07-2020, Marion Koopmans

Onderzoek: antistoffen snel weg
de Volkskrant, 14-07-2020, Marion Koopmans

Steekmuggenoverlast melden via de landelijke muggenradar
Friesch dagblad, 11-07-2020, afd. Viroscience EMC

Hoe tech het post-coronatijdperk vormgeeft
Emerce.nl, 11-07-2020, Ron Fouchier

Nieuw inzicht in afweer tegen corona
www.medicalfacts.nl,  29-06-2020, Rory de Vries

Genetici zitten coronavirus op de hielen
nrc.nl, 26-06-2020, Bas Oude Munnink

Het coronavirus lijkt onder controle, maar is het niet te vroeg om te juichen?
NPO1, OP1, 08-06-2020, Marion Koopmans

Tentoonstelling 'Vaccineren Ja!/Nee?'verlengd, met corona-update
www.hetnatuurhistorisch.nl, 09-06-2020, Rik de Swart, Bart Haagmans, Marion Koopmans

Antistof in strijd tegen corona ingezet
zorgkrant.nl, 09-06-2020, Bart Haagmans

Koopmans na daling coronadoden: virus is zeker nog niet weg
Nieuws.nl, 17 May 2020, Marion Koopmans

Ons voedselsysteem is een roulette
bnnvara.nl, Joop, 17 May 2020, Ron Fouchier

Opschalen vaccinproduktie wordt het grote probleem
Bionieuws, 16 May 2020, Ron Fouchier, Ab Osterhaus

Pandemieproof de toekomst in
Bionieuws, 16 May 2020, Ron Fouchier

Kan de airco op kantoor het coronavirus verspreiden?
Trouw, 16 May 2020, Ron fouchier

Viroloog Marion Koopmans verwacht nieuwe coronagolf
www.nationalezorggids.nl, 11 May 2020, Marion Koopmans

Als alles meezit: over 5 maanden medicijn tegen corona
NPOradio1.nl, 11 May 2020, Bart Haagmans

Veel vragen rond mogelijk nieuwe kinderziekte
nu.nl, 1 May 2020, Pieter Fraaij

Duitse virologen: 'Kinderen ook besmettelijk, wees voorzichtig met openen scholen'
nos.nl, 30 April 2020, Marion Koopmans

Wel of niet een mondkapje: deze vier kwesties gaan de wereld na de lockdown bepalen
de Volkskrant, 30 April 2020, Marion Koopmans, Sander Herfst

Niet de nerst, maar de mens is gevaarlijkste besmetter
NRC, 28 April 2020, Ron Fouchier, Sander Herfst

Onderzoek Erasmus MC bevestigt: corona via lucht overdraagbaar
de Stentor, 26 April 2020, Sander Herfst

Waarom Rotterdamse virologen talkshows én onderzoek domineren
Erasmus Magazine, 23 April 2020

Waarom zijn kinderen minder besmettelijk? Annemiek van der Eijk geeft antwoord.
Jeugdjournaal, 22 April 2020, Annemiek van der Eijk

Vormen dierenmarkten wereldwijd een risico voor nieuwe pandemiën?
de Volkskrant, 22 April 2020, Thijs Kuiken

Team Casper van Eijk actief bij corona-onderzoek
Goudsdagblad.nl, 17 April 2020, Ron Fouchier

Valse testen
NRC, 17 April 2020, Marion Koopmans

SARS-CoV-2 besmettelijker door vermenigvuldiging in neus en longen
blikopnieuws.nl, 17 April 2020, Marion Koopmans

Antistoffen tegen coronavirus bij 3 procent Nederlanders, wat betekent dat?
nos nieuws, 16 April 2020, Marion Koopmans

'Heilig' team bepaalt ons dagelijks leven
Algemeen Dagblad, 16 April 2020, Marion Koopmans

Stap van Trump uit WHO kan als boomerang terugkomen
nos.nl, 15-04-2020, Marion Koopmans

Onderzoek is hand aan de kraan
De Groen Amsterdammer, 15 April, 2020, Marion Koopmans

Corona-zelftests: Zijn ze betrouwbaar?
gezondheidsmet.nl, 15 April 2020, Ron Fouchier

Kun je meerdere keren Corona krijgen?
de Volkskrant, 14 April 2020, Bart Haagmans

Koopmans en Haagmans over coronacrisis:'Dit moest gewoon een keer gebeuren"
De Limburger, 11 April 2020, Bart Haagmans en Marion Koopmans

Februari: de verloren maand in de strijd tegen het coronavirus
de Volkskrant, 11 April 2020, Marion Koopmans

Lex Bohlmeijer- In gesprek met Marion Koopmans. Pandemie (2)
de Correspondent, 10 April 2020, Marion Koopmans

Wie zijn de coronabeslissers in Nederland
Trouw, 9 April 2020, Marion Koopmans

Eind April heel voorzichtig een eerste stap
NPO radio 1, 1 op 1, 9 April, 2020, Marion Koopmans

BNR radio, ask me anything, 8 April 2020, Eric van Gorp

Is het nu te laat?
De Groene Amsterdammer, 8 April 2020, Marion Koopmans

Milde coronaklachten lijken minder antistoffen op te leveren. Wat betekent dat?
NOS nieuws, 8 April 2020, Marion Koopmans

Erasmus MC: Geschikte kandidaat-immuuntest voor coronavirus
NOS Nieuwsuur, 6 April 2020, Marion Koopmans

Een precaire balans
Leeuwarder Courant, 5 April 2020, Pieter Fraaij

Corona daagt ons uit.
Max vandaag, 6 April 2020, Eric van Gorp

Nederland is vol met gastheren die een virus over kunnen dragen
AD, 5 April 2020, Ron Fouchier

Veelbelovend vaccin tegen COVID-19 op muizen getest
scientas.nl, 2 April 2020, Bart Haagmans

Marion Koopmans over traceerapp in NRC
www.eur.nl, 3 April 2020, Marion Koopmans

Waarom corona-thuistesten niet betrouwbaar zijn
Nemo Kennislink, 3 April 2020, Ron fouchier

Hou ritme tegen corona
maxvandaag.nl, 2 april 2020, Eric van Gorp

Omroep MAX werkt samen met topwetenschappers
Bouwen aan de zorg, 2 April 2020, Eric van Gorp

Interview, Tijd voor MAX,
NPO1, 31 March 2020, Eric van Gorp

Reggeborgh schenkt 50.000 euro voor corona-onderzoek
destentor.nl, 31 March 2020, Bart Haagmans

Een vaccin tegen coronavirus niet binnen een jaar verwacht
ad.nl, 31 March 2020, Bart Haagmans

Wanneer ben je beschermd tegen het coronavirus?
kijknieuws.nl, 27 March 2020, Marion Koopmans

Spliterwten en Slaolie
nrc.nl, Martijn Katan, 27 March 2020, Ron Fouchier

Immuniteit tegen virus vervaagt al na een paar jaar
Trouw, 27 March 2020, Marion Koopmans

COVID-19 webinar krijgt vervolg
vphuisartsen.nl, 25 March 2020, Eric van Gorp

Langzaam richting smoren
de Groene Amsterdammer, 25 March 2020, Marion Koopmans

Wel of niet doen? Buiten spelen in de tijd van coronacrisis.
indebuurt.nl, 23 March 2020, Bart Haagmans

Carolien krijgt reacties uit de hele wereld op corona-onderzoek
De Twensche Courant Tubantia ed. Reggestreek, 23 March 2020, Carolien van der Sandt

Virus van morgen
NPO 2, VPRO Tegenlicht, 22 March 2020, Ron Fouchier

Leerlingen Walburg College krijgen les in virology
hendrik-ido-ambacht.dekombinatie.nl, 21 March 2020, viruskenner

Het is officieel lente, maar de winter heeft een verlaat staartje
rtlnieuws.nl, 20 March 2020, Bart Haagmans

Interview Nieuws en Co
NPO Radio 1, 19 March 2020, Marion Koopmans

Een vaccine voor het coronavirus laat nog zeker een jaar op zich wachten
drimble.nl, 19 March 2020, Bart Haagmans

Landelijke bloedtest om te zien of in Nederland immuniteit tegen corona ontstaat?
parool.nl, 19 March 2020, Marion Koopmans

Mag een kankerpatiënt bezocht worden en kan een 80-jarige nog de deur uit?
NOS.nl, 18 March 2020, Annemiek van der Eijk

Mexicaanse of Spaanse griepvirus: welk scenario volgt het coronavirus?
geotrendlines.nl, 18 March 2020, Marion Koopmans

Interview Nieuwsuur
NPO 2, Nieuwsuur, 18 March 2020, Marion Koopmans

Wat moet een virus doen om een pandemie te veroorzaken?
Quest, 17 March 2020, Marion Koopmans, Ron Fouchier

Hoe gevaarlijk kan een pandemie worden?
Newsmonkey.be, 17 March 2020, Ron Fouchier

Luchtruim en scholen sluiten weinig zin als horeca openblijft
Caribischnetwerk.ntr.nl, 16 March 2020, Byron Martina

Interview Eén Vandaag
NPO 1,  16 March 2020, Marion Koopmans 

Misverstand over coronavirus: "Niet alleen ouderen worden ziek, ook jongeren"
RTLNieuws, 16 March 2020

Omgaan met de corona-lockdown
BNR-Ask Me Anything, podcast, 16 March 2020, Eric van Gorp

Extra lange uitzending over coronacrisis
hartvannederland.nl, 15 March 2020, Marion Koopmans

Nederland steunt rigoureuze maatregelen kabinet in strijd tegen coronavirus
hartvannederland.nl, 15 March 2020, Marion Koopmans

Annemiek van der Eijk geeft antwoord op de vragen van kinderen
NPO 3, Jeugdjournaal, 15 March 2020, Annemiek van der Eijk

Stamboom toont pad van het virus
NRC Handelsblad, 14 March 2020

Zijn we af van corona als het straks zomer wordt?
de Volkskrant, 13 March 2020, Ron Fouchier
Verspreiding en aanpak van het coronavirus
WNL, Goedemorgen Nederland, 13 March 2020, Marion Koopmans

Marathon Rotterdam, Gold Race en GP Zandvoort ook in het gedrang?
Algemeen Dagblad, 10 March 2020, Marion Koopmans

Jounaal 07.00 uur
NPO 1 Radio journaal. 10 March 2020, Eric van Gorp

Kan uw huisdier ook besmet raken met coronavirus?
www.maxvandaag.nl, 10 March 2020, Thijs Kuiken

Vijf minuten met Marion Koopmans
NPO radio 1, 9 March 2020, Marion Koopmans

60 nieuwe coronabesmettingen, de meeste in Brabant. Wat is er aan de hand?
Trouw, 7 March 2020, Marion Koopmans

Belangrijkste verschil met griep is dat er voor coronavirus geen vaccin is.
NOS.nl, 2 March 2020, Eric van Gorp

Updates, nieuwe besmettingen in Nederland
BNR.nl, 2 March 2020, Eriv van Gorp

Wat gebeurt er als het coronavirus het lichaam binnendringt?
de Volkskrant, 3 March 2020, Bart Haagmans

Chloroquine is nog 'geen' wondermiddel
de Stentor, 29 Februari 2020, Bart Haagmans

A completely new culture of doing research. Coronavirus outbreak changes how scientists communicate
Science Magazine, 26 Februari 2020, Marion Koopmans

Q and A with Marion
NOS, 26 Februari 2020, Marion Koopmans

Pandemic prep: What you should know to protect against coronavirus
New York Post, 25 Februari 2020, Marion Koopmans

'Ik zou zó het vliegtuig naar China pakken'
NPO radio 1, 1 op 1, 31 Januari 2020, Marion Koopmans

Reageert Nederland té ontspannen?
NPO radio 1, Spraakmakers, 28 Januari 2020

De wereld houdt de adem in
Mens & Molecule, 26 Februari 2020, Marion Koopmans

Draaiboeken liggen klaar mocht coronavirus in Nederland opduiken
WNL op zaterdag, 25 Januari 2020, Marion Koopmamns



Overige berichten:

Nationale Griepprikdag
MaxVandaag, 11 November 2019

Duizenden wetenschappers roepen 'klimaatnoodtoestand' uit
MSN, 7 November 2019

Mazelen nóg schadelijker dan gedacht
BNR, 3 November 2019

Na mazelen is afweersysteem landurig afgezwakt
NPO Radio 1, 1 November 2019

Mazelen wissen geheugencellen afweersysteem
Vakblad Vroeg, 1 November 2019

Hoe de zorg zich schrap zet voor de horrorgriep
de Volkskrant, 1 November 2019

Griepprikken door vertraging met vaccins later gezet
de Gelderlander, 24 October 2019

Vrij onderzoek is cruciaal. Investeer er dan ook in
NRC, 11 October 2019

Straatvraag: Haal jij de griepprik
Rijnmond Nieuws, 8 October 2019

10 million for One Health research in the Netherlands
Erasmus MC, 12 juni 2019

Measles erases the immune system’s memory
ScienceNews, 21 May 2019

Kunnen mensen dieren ziek maken?
NRC, 17 May 2019

Disease X is not science fiction
NCOH, 17 May 2019

Marion Koopmans lunched with Royal couple
NOS, 9 May 2019

Marion Koopmans elected as KNAW member
KNAW, 24 April 2019

Measles Cases Continue to Soar, Stirring Concern Over Long-Term Effects 
The Wall Street Journal, 15 April 2019

Taking Emerging Infections to Task
Elsevier, 12 April 2019



Upcoming Events:

  • 04-10-2021 - 08-10-2021: Course in virology2021

Venue: Erasmus MC, t.b.a

Information and registration : www.molmed.nl
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  • NCOH webinars 2021

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Mark your calendars! More information about the NCOH webinars will be available soon on the website of NCOH.

  • 7 October:  NCOH webinar 'No Rabies in 2030'

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    Rabies kills one person every 9 minutes, with over half of them children. It is a zoonotic and viral disease which occurs in more than 150 countries. In this online webinar we hear from the experts about rabies and how to fight this virus:

  • Katinka de Balogh, Senior Animal Health and Production Officer/ One Health focal point at FAO Investment Centre FAO
  • Corine Geurts van Kessel, Clinical microbiologist / virologist and head of laboratory serology & virus culture at the viroscience lab of Eramus MC

    Moderator: Maarten Hoek – Communication manager NCOH.
    Date & Time: Thursday 7 October 2021, 3 pm – 4 pm (CEST)
    Location: Zoom (you will receive a link prior to the webinar

You can register on the NCOH Website: Here

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  • 3 November:  NCOH webinar
  • 10 December NCOH Annual Scientific Meeting

Previous Events

Previous NCOH webinars

2 September: ‘Emerging Zoonosis and how the contagious jump between animals and humans’ 

Globally, some three-quarters of all emerging zoonoses originally come from wild animals. Netherlands Centre of One Health organises a webinar to gain more expert insight in zoonosis and the jump from animals to humans.

The world is now more vulnerable to outbreaks of zoonotic disease than it used to be, firstly because people travel far and frequently, transport of animals is rising and infections can thus spread quickly. In this first part of a two-part webinar series two scientists whose expertise is in zoonoses will give the latest update on their research.

Date & time: 2 September 2021, 3 pm – 4 pm (CEST)
Location: Zoom (you will receive a link prior to the webinar)

Click here to check out the programme and register here.
  • 30-08-2021: 69th Annual WDA conference and 14th Biennial EWDA Joint Virtual Conference

    EWDA meeting 2021

Successful wildlife health surveillance schemes often benefit from multi-disciplinary teams. Engagement and collaboration with an extended field network can help optimise surveillance outputs and their collective impact. The goal of this meeting is to illustrate the opportunities that exist to expand surveillance through working in partnership with various communities (e.g. general public/citizen scientists, hunters, wildlife rehabilitators, conservation organisations, bird ringers, habitat managers, natural history museums, public health agencies and social scientists) and employing new approaches.

Date: August 30, 2021
Time: 14:00 - 19:00 (CET)
Organized by: prof. Thijs Kuiken

Click here to check out the programme and to register.


    15-07-2021: International Virtual Seminars on Arbovirus Biology

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more info: E-mail Clive

  • 9-06-2021 - 11-06-2021: One Health Scientific Meeting 2021

In June 2021 (9 to 11 June), the One Health European Joint Programme (EJP) will hold their yearly congress. The congress will partly be held in Copenhagen but can also be attended online. A great way to see all the One Health projects in Europe and, hopefully, present our own work, so keep an eye on their call for abstracts!

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  • 03-06-2021: NCOH Online Science Café 'The Greening of Cities - One Health challenges

A remarkable NCOH year of new and important research. It’s time for an update! You and all NCOH scientists are invited to join the NCOH Science Café 2021 to get up to speed with the latest developments. This year’s theme of the Science Café is ‘Greening of Cities – One Health Challenges’.

Date & Time: Thursday 3 June, 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm (CEST)

Organiser: Utrecht University

Location: Zoom (you will receive a link prior to the webinar)

Register here for the Online Science Café


  • 22 April 2021: NCOH webinar  'Viruses – Why we cannot live without them'

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The origin of viruses and their roles in human evolution, this is the topic of the next webinar of the Netherlands Centre for One Health.

The trigger for this webinar was an article in the National Geographic written by David Quammen about how viruses shape our world. COVID-19 is a reminder of the destructive and disruptive power of viruses, but they are crucial to humans’ development and survival. We have found David willing to tell us more during the April NCOH webinar. He will be joined by Virologist Dr. Raoul de Groot (Utrecht University) who will speak about coronaviruses and aspects of viral evolution, and by Dr. Mathis Funk (Erasmus MC) who will tell us more about the impact of endogenous retroviruses and how they shaped life. For sure a webinar not to miss! 

The webinar will be recorded. The full meeting including PowerPoint presentations will be available afterwards on NCOH YouTube channel

Date & time: 22 April 2021, 4.30 pm – 5.30 pm (CEST)

Location: Zoom (you will receive a link prior to the webinar)

Register Now

Our experts

  • David Quammen is an American science, nature, and travel writer and the author of fifteen (!) books. One of his books is Spillover (2014), a work on the science, history, and human impacts of emerging diseases (especially viral diseases), which was short-listed for eight national and international awards and won three (!).
  • Dr. Raoul de Groot, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University. Virologist De Groot is researcher and lecturer on the subject of coronaviruses. He has over 35 years of experience studying coronaviruses in humans and animals such as cats, cattle and horses.
  • Dr. Mathis Funk, Erasmus MC. Funk did his PhD on syncytins which are a striking and unique example of how viruses have played a major role in the evolution of mammals. He will talk about impact of endogenous retroviruses and how they shaped life.


The moderator of the webinar will be Maarten Hoek, Communications manager NCOH.
Unable to join us live?
The webinar will be recorded. The full meeting including powerpoint presentations will be available afterwards on the NCOH channels.

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  • 17-03-2021 - 14-04-2021: PREPARE webinars

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Are you a healthcare professional or researcher in the field of emerging diseases? Check out the 5 PREPARE webinars and learn more about public and patient involvement in pandemic preparedness.


A MERMAIDS Tale: Acute Respiratory Infections - Wednesday 17 March 
Moderator: Menno de Jong (AMC Amsterdam)



- Wednesday 24 March 
Moderator : Marion Koopmans (Erasmus MC) + Corneliu Popescu (Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy)


Moderator: Peter Openshaw (Imperial College London)


Moderator & co-moderator: Lennie Derde (UMC Utrecht) + Marc Bonten (UMC Utrecht)


SEVEN YEARS OF PREPARE: key outcomes and the way forward - Wednesday 14 April 
Moderator & co-moderator: Herman Goossens (University of Antwerp) and Jeremy Farrar (Wellcome Trust)

Check out the programmes and register here for the PREPARE webinars.


  • 14-03-2021: Spraakvermaak talkshow

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    Marion Koopmans will attend and give a lecture in the talkshow Spraakvermaak on Sunday 14 March at 14:30 (CET). Other guests during the talkshow are Twan Huys, journalist / presenter, Christel de Laat, cabaret artist, Marco van den Bosch, CCO of the company PAL-V and many more!

    Click here for more information and to join from home.

  • 18-03-2021: NCOH webinar ‘WHO-study on coronavirus origin’

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    Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove and Prof. Marion Koopmans share their story and lessons learned about the world’s most important case of contact tracing.

    Was the wet market in Wuhan the location where patient zero was infected while handling wild animals intended for human consumption or not? Do we need to check out other markets, follow the supply chains, go to the farms? What came out of this mission, what are the lessons learned, what’s next and how to speed up our preparedness for next viruses? As usual Maarten Hoek, Communications manager of NCOH, will be the moderator of the webinar.

    Date & Time: 18 March 2021, 2 pm – 3 pm (CET)
    Location: Zoom (you will receive a link prior to the webinar)

    Click here to register.

  • 05-03-2021: Dutch Annual Virology Symposium (DAVS)

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Presentation Beijerinck Premium & M.W. Beijerinck Virology Prize25 February 2021

Date and time: Friday 5 March 2021, 10.00a.m.- 5.00 p.m.

Symposium with Rik de Swart and Thomas Langerak and many more
The Dutch Annual Virology Symposium (DAVS) provides a platform for young and established virologists to present their research. Rik de Swart held the opening speech during the symposium. He spoke about intranasal fusion inhibitory lipopeptide preventing direct contact SARS-CoV-2 transmission in ferrets. Thomas Langerak presented during the symposium about antibody dependent enhancement and transcytosis of Zika virus in the human placenta.

Venue: online

You are most welcome to this symposium. Participation is free, but registration is required. You can register by submitting the online form on knaw.nl/days-2021.

  • 25-02-2-21: NCOH webinar: 'COVID-19 and companion animals'

Date & time: 25 February, 5 pm - 6 pm (CET)

Location: Zoom ( you will recieve a link prior to the webinar)

Click here for more information and to register.

  • 25-02-21: Rotterdam Science Gallery Online Masterclass: The human is also an animal

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Thursday 25 February 2021 | 20.00 - 20.45 uur | Livestream via YouTube

"The human is also an animal" is the second edition of a series of online masterclasses in which a scientist and artist talk live about COVID-19 and the lockdown. Where exactly does the coronavirus come from? 

During this masterclass they talk to virologist Marion Koopmans and visual artist Iwan Smit about the One Health approach. It assumes that people's health does not stand alone, especially when it comes to infectious diseases. After all, aren't humans animals too? 

Click here for more information and to register for the Online Masterclass.

Missed the online masterclass? Click here to watch it.


Awards and grants

Recent awards and grants within our department:

  • Prof Marion Koopmans: Machiavelli Prize for outstanding achievement in the field of public communication. 29 March2021. Watch the event here.
  • Prof. Marion Koopmans: NWA-ORC Preparing for vector-borne virus outbreaks in a changing world: a One Health Approach. June 2019. Read all about it.
  • Prof. Marion Koopmans: Marion Koopmans elected as KNAW member. April 2019. Read all about it.
  • Dr. Rory de Vries: Beijerink Virology Prize awarded by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. January 2019. Read all about it.
  • Dr. Sander Herfst: The Heine-Medin Award 2018 granted by the European Society of Clinical Virology. October 2018. Read all about it.
  • Prof. Marion Koopmans: NWO Stevin Prize, the highest distinction in Dutch science. September 2018. Read all about it.
  • Prof. Marion Koopmans: honorary doctorate from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). September 2018. Read all about it.
  • Debby van Riel: Vidi-grant by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). Awarded June 2018. Read the NWO press release.
  • Debby van Riel named member of the Young Erasmus Academy by the Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam. March 2018. Read all about it. (Dutch)
  • My Phan: Marie Curie Individual Fellowship. March 2018. Read all about it.
  • Prof. Guus Rimmelzwaan: Alexander von Humboldt Professorship, the most extensive German grant awarded to scientific research. May 2017. Read our press release. (Dutch)
  • Prof. Ron Fouchier: Huibregtsen Prize for top innovative science with societal impact. October 2013. Read all about it.
  • Prof. Ron Fouchier: named one of the world's 100 Most Influential People by Time Magazine. 2012. Read all about it.

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