KNAW joins Netherlands Centre for One Health

12 January 2018

Three research institutes of the KNAW, the Hubrecht Institute, Westerdijk Institute and the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO), have joined the Netherlands Centre for One Health (NCOH) as Partner on 1 January 2018. NCOH unites experts from universities and medical centers in the area of human and animal health, thereby forming a strong academic network on infectious diseases in the Netherlands.

Infectious diseases have an increasingly large impact on the health of humans and animals, particularly in densely-populated countries like the Netherlands. In 2050, about ten million people are predicted to die worldwide from antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections alone, while viral infections are also spreading at an alarming rate. The four NCOH strategic research themes focus on studying the interactions and connections between human, veterinary, wildlife and environmental health. 

Stronger network

With the KNAW joining the NCOH as a partner, the leading academic research institutes will now form an even stronger academic network on infectious diseases in the Netherlands. ‘We further strengthen our collaboration to tackle One Health issues in public health, animal health, food production and the environment, with an integrated and interdisciplinary approach.’, says Martin Scholten, chairman of the NCOH Supervisory Board. 

Solutions to Global One Health Challenges

NCOH bundles top-leading academic research institutes in the Netherlands in an open innovation network focused on One Health: public, veterinary, wildlife, and ecosystems health. It aims for an integrated approach to face the global risk of infectious diseases and to develop durable solutions regarding grand societal health challenges.

This virtual science-driven institution focuses its research and increase of knowledge on antibiotic resistance, emerging infectious diseases, smart farming, and healthy ecosystems. NCOH stimulates collaboration between academic and research institutes, governments, NGOs, public health institutes, and industrial partners. The NCOH partners are Academic Medical Center Amsterdam, Erasmus Medical Center Rotterdam, Leiden University, Leiden University Medical Center, University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht University, and Wageningen University and Research. From January 1, the KNAW and Radboudumc are partners as well.

The Hubrecht Institute

The Hubrecht Institute is a research institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Presently there are 20 research groups with a total of about 200 employees. In addition to a highly interactive and international scientific environment, excellent research facilities are available for imaging and functional genomics. Moreover, several model organisms are present, including C. elegans, zebrafish and mice. The institute is situated in Utrecht at the university centre De Uithof. The Hubrecht Institute is affiliated with the University Medical Center Utrecht and has close connections with Utrecht University, e.g. in the Graduate School Cancer Genomics and Development Biology.

Logo Hubrecht Instituut

The Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO)

The Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO) is one of the largest research institutes of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), with more than 200 employees and students. It is specialised in fundamental and strategic ecological research. Since early 2011 the NIOO is based in a sustainably built research laboratory in Wageningen, the Netherlands.


The Westerdijk Institute

The Westerdijk Institute - an institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and situated in Utrecht - maintains a world-renowned collection of living filamentous fungi, yeasts and bacteria. The Institute's research programs principally focus on the taxonomy and evolution of fungi as well as on functional aspects of fungal biology and ecology, increasingly making use of molecular and genomics approaches. The institute employs circa 90 personnel, among whom 20 scientists