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Principal Investigator

Prof. dr. B.J.A. (Bart) Rijnders

Internist - Infectious Diseases Specialist

  • Department
  • Medical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
  • Focus area
  • Invasive fungal infections, Infections in patients with haematological disease, HIV therapy, HCV epidemiology and therapy



Dr. Bart Rijnders is professor in infectious diseases at the university hospital Erasmus MC in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He studied medicine and defended his PhD on catheter-related infections at the University of Leuven in Belgium in 2003.

He works as a infectious diseases physician and combines this work with clinical research with a focus on infections in the immunocompromised host. In patients with HIV, clinical studies are performed on the treatment of HIV, side effects of cART, the diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases (including HCV in MSM). In patients with an underlying hematological disease research addresses the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of infections in particular invasive fungal infections.

Recently completed studies on HIV and HCV addressed issues like the assumed equivalence of FTC and 3TC, TDF renal toxicity, acute HCV therapy with direct activing antivirals (DAHHS1 and DAHHS2 studies), dolutegravir monotherapy as maintenance therapy (DOMONO study), prevalence of IRIS in patients on intergrase inhibitor containing cART (RISING study) and the incidence and outcome of aspergillus coinfection in patients admitted to the ICU for influenza (CIA study).

In 2017, together with colleagues from Radboud UMC, UZ Leuven (Belgium) and UMCU he initiated the Dutch Belgian Mycosis Study Group to facilitate research by improved collaboration on invasive fungal infection management. 

When not working, Bart enjoys all kinds of endurance sports like inline skating, or cross-country skying.


Field(s) of expertise

  • HIV therapy and communicable (e.g. syphilis and HCV) and non-communicable (e.g. renal toxicity) comorbidities in patients with HIV
  • Therapy of acute and chronic HCV in particular in patients with HCV
  • Diagnosis and treatment of invasive fungal infections
  • Diagnosis and treatment of infections caused by azole resistance A. fumigatus


Publications of Bart Rijnders can be found on PubMed

Other positions

Dr. Rijnders was member of the board of the Dutch HIV physicians (2008-2016)