PhD defence R.S. (Reina) Sikkema

Preparing for Emerging Zoonotic Viruses: Assessing public health risks of emerging viruses at the human-animal interface
Promotor

Prof.dr. M.P.G. Koopmans

Promotor

Prof.dr. ir. D.J.J. Heederik

Date
Tuesday 24 Jan 2023, 10:30 - Saturday 24 Jan 2026, 12:00
Type
PhD defence
Space
Professor Andries Querido room
Building
Education Center
Location
Erasmus MC
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R.S. Sikkema will defend her PhD dissertation on Tuesday 24 January 2023, entitled: ’Preparing for Emerging Zoonotic Viruses: Assessing public health risks of emerging viruses at the human-animal interface‘.

Summary:

The risk of emergence of novel human pathogens has increased in the past decades. Early detection is becoming even more important due to the potential rapid spread and impact considering the ever increasing size of human and animal populations and their movements all over the globe. The unpredictable nature of emergence of diseases makes surveillance and preparedness a huge challenge. However, recent history has shown that outbreaks of emerging diseases will happen again, and all sectors involved in infectious disease surveillance and response need to be ready to detect and handle the next disease X. It has been argued that the design of infectious disease surveillance and response should therefore move from crisis response to true integration and evaluation of a strategy to detect and control emerging diseases. This involves a One Health approach, integrating not only the human, animal and environmental health sectors, but also social sciences, bioinformatics and more.

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The public defence will begin exactly at 10.30 hrs. The doors will be closed once the public defence starts, latecomers can access the hall via the fourth floor. Due to the solemn nature of the ceremony, we recommend that you do not take children under the age of 6 to the first part of the ceremony.

A live stream link has been provided to the candidate.

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