Faculty of Science will participate in the NCOH programme

Four PhD projects awarded in the field of One Health

The Faculty of Science has awarded four PhD projects to participate in the Netherlands Centre for One Health (NCOH). Utrecht University was already a partner in this innovation network in the field of One Health, but this is the first time that scientists of the Faculty of Science are now also starting research lines in this programme.

The Netherlands Centre for One Health (NCOH) aims for an integrated One Health approach to tackle the global risk of infectious diseases. NCOH brings together academic research institutes in the Netherlands that are active in One Health research together with other leading parties to forge an open innovation network with the capacity to take joint responsibility for finding answers to global One Health challenges. Utrecht University is one of the partners in this research project, in which scientists from Veterinary Medicine and the UMC Utrecht have so far been mainly involved.

"In recent years, we have worked hard to develop a research agenda. As a result, the participating institutions have set up PhD projects in broader consortia. There are currently more than sixty PhD students working in broader consortia”, says Dick Heederik, chairman of the executive committee of the NCOH. "The NCOH programme considers the Science Faculty inclusion in the programme to be an important step forward. The Faculty of Science sees potential contributions to the NCOH programme in several areas, with a good mix of fundamental and applied research. It also supports the contributions from the UMCU and Veterinary Medicine and strengthens not only the NCOH's One Health community, but also that on campus."

Read more about the four new PhD projects below.