Infectious Diseases Research is one of the four research programs of the UMC Utrecht Julius Center. The research activities of the Infectious Diseases program coincide with the Infection and Immunity program of the UMC Utrecht.
The co-ordinator of the research program is prof. M.J.M. Bonten, MD, PhD.
Infectious Diseases Research focuses on the prevention, diagnosis, prognosis, therapy and prevention of 'hospital acquired' infections and respiratory infections. In the respiratory tract, the emphasis is on research in primary care. A growing number of projects focus on the effects of nosocomial infections and the impact of antibiotic-resistant bacteria on the prognosis of the patient. In addition there is a focus on the quantification of the (cost-) effectiveness of vaccination strategies and mathematical modeling of the occurrence and spread of various infectious diseases.
The program uses the full range of epidemiological and statistical research, and thus establishes a close collaboration with the Methodology research program.
The program uses approaches that include the full range of state-of-the-art statistical and epidemiological research, multicenter randomized studies on the effects of preventive and therapeutic interventions, as well as, large and small cohorts, case-controlled and cross-sectional studies. The program now has a close collaboration with the Methodology research program.
There is also close cooperation with various divisions of the UMC Utrecht, including Vital signs, AGED (Division of Internal Medicine and Dermatology) and Pediatrics.