Dr M.A.B. (Marianne) van der Sande

Doctor Marianne van der Sande (born in 1958) has been head of the Centre for Epidemiology and Surveillance (EPI) of the RIVM Centre for Infectious Disease Control since 2007. She is also an associate professor at the Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care at University Medical Center Utrecht, a position she has held since 2009.

“Epidemiology and surveillance provides a unique opportunity to play a pivotal role in estimating the severity and the risks of new and existing infectious disease threats, in identifying the most promising interventions and in assessing their effectiveness. This is only possible in close collaboration with the many internal and external partners who contribute their expertise to the field of infectious disease control.”

Epidemiology and surveillance provides a unique opportunity to play a pivotal role in estimating the severity and the risks of new and existing infectious disease threats, in identifying the most promising interventions and in assessing their effectiveness. This is only possible in close collaboration with the many internal and external partners who contribute their expertise to the field of infectious disease control.

CIb/EPI generates insight into the occurrence of infectious disease in the Netherlands and identifies factors that contribute to transmission and disease burden. This is achieved through early warning, surveillance, outbreak investigations, epidemiological research and analysis, biostatistics and mathematical modelling, often in multidisciplinary collaborations within the Netherlands and beyond. The activities focus on the effectiveness of the national vaccination programme and on the control of antimicrobial resistance, care-associated infections, STIs (including HIV), respiratory infections, gastro-intestinal infections, and zoonoses.

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