Mihai Netea

Titels Prof. dr.
Initials M.G.
Main position Hoofd Laboratorium Experimentele Interne Geneeskunde
Disciplines Internal medicine
Chair Experimentele Interne Geneeskunde
Domain Medical, Biomedical and Health Sciences
Membership Member
Since 2016
Member of Jury of the Ammodo Science Award (Biomedical Sciences)
Member of Jury of the Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Medicine
Member of Medical, Biomedical and Health Sciences
Employed by Radboud Universiteit
Radboud Universiteit Medisch Centrum, Afdeling Interne Geneeskunde
Geert Grooteplein 8, Postbus 9101
6525 GA Nijmegen
tel.  024 361 4652
Personal website

Mihai Netea is an internationally acclaimed, highly original researcher who studies innate immunity and resistance to infection. His research concerns the way in which the immune system recognises and eliminates bacteria, fungi and other micro-organisms. He recently came to international prominence with his visionary concept of ‘trained immunity’, i.e. the study of the memory traits of innate immunity.

He has also described the phenomenon of immune paralysis, in which the immune system no longer reacts to outside attacks. Stimulating trained immunity might make it possible to overcome such ‘paralysis’. This could have major implications for our understanding of infection and, ultimately, lead to more effective treatment.