Prof. Marion Koopmans DVM PhD

Professor Marion Koopmans, DVM PhD focuses on global population level impact of rapidly spreading zoonotic virus infections, with special emphasis on foodborne transmission. Her research focuses on unravelling the modes of transmission of viruses among animals and between animals and humans through food transmission. She uses the pathogenic genomic information to unravel these pathways and to signal changes in transmission or disease impact. Professor Koopmans is the initiator of the global Noronet network, a global network of scientists sharing information on disease outbreaks into a jointly owned database to study norovirus diversity related to human health impact. She is a scientific coordinator of COMPARE, a multidisciplinary research network that has the common vision to become the enabling analytical framework and globally linked data and information sharing platform  for the rapid identification, containment and mitigation of emerging infectious diseases and foodborne outbreaks. Next to these projects she is also co-leader in the PREPARE project, an EU funded network for harmonized large-scale clinical research studies on infectious diseases. This project is prepared to rapidly respond to any severe ID outbreak, providing real-time evidence for clinical management of patients and for informing public health responses.

Marion Koopmans is the director of the WHO- cooperation center for Emerging Diseases at the Erasmus MC and scientific director of Emerging Diseases of the Netherlands Centre for One Health. She has received the Infectious disease award of the Dutch Association for Infectious Diseases and is the recipient of the Stevin Premium 2018. In 2019, she became a member of the The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. She has co-authored over 500 papers that have been cited over 20.000 times.

Professor Marion Koopmans lecture will be about ‘The Rapidly Evolving World of Emerging Viruses’.  The lecture will outline basic concepts of disease emergence, and go into the factors that drive emerging disease outbreaks in our globalising world. Are emerging disease outbreaks a hype? Should we worry about them? What drives their occurrence? What can we do to prevent and control them, specifically food related changes?

You can visit Marion Koopmans lecture on the 3rd of June from 16:15 till 17:15!