WHO Collaborating Centre for Campylobacter

WHO Collaborating Centre (CC) for Reference and Research on Campylobacter and Antimicrobial Resistance from a One Health Perspective

The Department of Biomolecular Health Sciences - Infectious Diseases and Immunology of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University, Utrecht, the Netherlands is designated by the World Health Organization as WHO Collaborating Centre (CC) for Reference and Research on Campylobacter and Antimicrobial Resistance from a One Health Perspective. The main objective is to provide technical assistance to enable WHO Member States to control risk and reduce the burden of Campylobacter diseases and Antimicrobial Resistance.

The work of the WHO-CC covers Campylobacter jejuni and C. coli as causes of diarrhoea in humans and the sequelae of the infection (e.g. Guillain Barre syndrome, reactive arthritis), and C. fetus, the species that can cause severe invasive infections in humans. The WHO-CC also supports WHO in the control of antimicrobial resistance, in particular from the One Health perspective. 

The WHO has more information about Campylobacter diseases.

What we do

The terms of reference for our WHO-CC designation are as follows:

  1. Assist WHO, and thereby WHO Member States, to implement and strengthen the integrated surveillance of antimicrobial resistance in foodborne bacteri
    • Provide support for regional or country training workshops for the implementation of the ESBL Ec Tricycle surveillance
    • Provide mentoring to countries implementing the ESBL Ec Tricycle surveillance protocol
  2. To provide technical support to WHO in assisting Member States to strengthen national capacities to prevent and control human campylobacteriosis
    • To improve WHO’s information products and tools related to campylobacteriosis by
    • Providing most up to date evidence and information including areas such as surveillance, laboratory techniques, susceptibility and strategies
    • To support WHO in establishing global foodborne disease monitoring system and share necessary expertise on Campylobacter

If you need any advice or assistance on Campylobacter diagnostics or research, contact us.




Professor Jaap A. Wagenaar
Email: j.wagenaar@uu.nl
Telephone: +31 30 253 4376

Postal address

Utrecht University
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Division of Clinical Infectiology 
Att. Prof. Jaap Wagenaar, DVM PhD
P.O. Box 80.165
3508 TD Utrecht
The Netherlands

Visiting address

Yalelaan 1
3584 CL Utrecht
The Netherlands

Staff members of the WHO-CC