Marianne A.B. van der Sande, MD, PhD

Centre for Infectious Disease Control, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, the Netherlands


Dr Marianne A.B. van der Sande heads the department of Epidemiology and Surveillance of the Dutch National Centre Infectious Disease Control at the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) since 2007. Within this department, she previously headed the Respiratory Infections group and the STI group. Furthermore, she holds a position as Associate Professor at the Julius Centre of the Utrecht University Medical Centre since 2009. After she obtained her medical degree at the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam, she worked as a clinician in the Netherlands, Sudan, Uganda and Zambia. She then obtained her MPH from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore USA, after which she returned to work as a medical epidemiologist at the MRC Laboratories in The Gambia, and completed her PhD. She has been the PI in a range of infectious disease research grants (eg on hepatitis B, mumps, influenza, hiv) and is currently active in several national and international organisations in the field of infectious disease surveillance, research and control activities. This includes being a member of the ECDC Advisory Forum (alternate) and of the German NITAG committee (STIKO). She participates in the steering committee of ConSISE (Global Consortium for the Standardization of Influenza Seroepidemiology) and of Advance, an IMI funded public-private partnership to develop rapid post marketing benefit-risk assessments of vaccinations. She is also co-coordinator of the WHO-CC on AMR surveillance and epidemiology. She has (co)authored over 180 peer-reviewed papers.