11 January

KNAW joins Netherlands Centre for One Health

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Three research institutes of the KNAW, including the Hubrecht Institute, have joined the Netherlands Centre for One Health (NCOH) as Partner on 1 January 2018. NCOH unites experts from universities and medical centers in the area of human and animal health, thereby forming a strong academic network on infectious diseases in the Netherlands.

Infectious diseases have an increasingly large impact on the health of humans and animals, particularly in densely-populated countries like the Netherlands. In 2050, about ten million people are predicted to die worldwide from antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections alone, while viral infections are also spreading at an alarming rate. The four NCOH strategic research themes focus on studying the interactions and connections between human, veterinary, wildlife and environmental health.

Stronger network
With the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) joining the NCOH as a partner, the leading academic research institutes will now form an even stronger academic network on infectious diseases in the Netherlands. ‘We further strengthen our collaboration to tackle One Health issues in public health, animal health, food production and the environment, with an integrated and interdisciplinary approach’, says Martin Scholten, chairman of the NCOH Supervisory Board.

Solutions to Global One Health Challenges
NCOH bundles top-leading academic research institutes in the Netherlands in an open innovation network focused on One Health: public, veterinary, wildlife, and ecosystems health. It aims for an integrated approach to face the global risk of infectious diseases and to develop durable solutions regarding grand societal health challenges. This virtual science-driven institution focuses its research and increase of knowledge on antibiotic resistance, emerging infectious diseases, smart farming, and healthy ecosystems. NCOH stimulates collaboration between academic and research institutes, governments, NGOs, public health institutes, and industrial partners. The NCOH partners are Academic Medical Center Amsterdam, Erasmus Medical Center Rotterdam, Leiden University, Leiden University Medical Center, University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht University, and Wageningen University and Research. From January 1, the KNAW and the Radboudumc are partners as well.

About the KNAW
The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences is the forum, conscience, and voice of the arts and sciences in the Netherlands. It promotes quality in science and scholarship and strives to ensure that Dutch scholars and scientists contribute to cultural, social and economic progress. As a research organisation, the Academy is responsible for a group of fifteen outstanding national research institutes. 

About the Hubrecht Institute
The Hubrecht Institute is a research institute focused on developmental and stem cell biology. It encompasses 19 research groups that perform fundamental and multidisciplinary research, both in healthy systems and disease models. The Hubrecht Institute is affiliated with the University Medical Center Utrecht, which advances the translation to the clinic. The Hubrecht Institute is part of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).