Last Friday, NWO announced that prof. dr. Marion Koopmans of Erasmus MC has been awarded a NWO-Stevin Prize for her research on the transfer of viruses from animals to humans. This award of 2,5 million euros is rewarded to scientists of international excellence and can be used for scientific research and activities related to knowledge utilization.
Professor Koopmans is head of the Department of Virology at Erasmus MC. Her research is focused on the transfer of viruses from animals to humans, such as the recent outbreak of Zika, and on largescale distributions between humans (outbreaks and pandemics). The Stevin Prize is, together with the Spinoza Prize, the highest award in Dutch science.