prof. dr. L.J. BontFull Professor
- Laboratory for Translational Immunology (LTI)
- Infectious Diseases
- Infectious Diseases Research 2
Louis Bont is a Paediatrician Infectiologist at the Wilhelmina Children’s Hospital in the University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands. He leads the Utrecht RSV Research Group. He is the coordinator of the Interest Group on Respiratory Infections of the European Society of Pediatric Infectious Diseases (ESPID) Research Committee. Dr. Bont is the founder and chairman of ReSViNET, an international RSV Research consortium. He has a strong interest in education of young talented researchers and founded the successful Training of Upcoming Leaders in Pediatric Science (TULIPS) career training program in the Netherlands. Dr. Bont served as advisor of the World Health Organization (WHO), the European Center of Disease Control (ECDC) and the Europarliament.
Louis Bont did his medical training at the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam (1989-1996). He performed his PhD under the supervision of professor Jan Kimpen and professor Cobi Heijnen at the Wilhelmina Children’s Hospital (1997-2000). He was a post-doc at the Garofalo lab in Galveston, Texas (2000-2001). After returning to Utrecht, he followed the pediatric residency program followed by a pediatric infectious diseases and immunology fellowship. He have led the RSV Research Group since 2003 and became full professor in 2015.
The vision of his research is to combine clinical and basic research to decrease the global burden of RSV infection. The mission of his research group is to improve knowledge of RSV epidemiology, and to develop safe and effective therapeutic and preventive interventions.
In his work collaborate with patients is of highest importance. His work is supported by the RSV Patient Advisory Board (PAB) since 2012. The PAB has reviewed every grant application by the RSV Research Group. PAB members have been interviewed for newspapers and national television on RSV-related subjects.
Louis Bont actively participates as a teacher in the SUMMA program. In addition, he founded the TULIPS program in 2008 to train colleagues and young clinician-scientists.
Coordinator of the Interest Group on Respiratory Infections of the European Society of Pediatric Infectious Diseases (ESPID) Research Committee
Chairman of ReSViNET, an international RSV Research Network.
Advisor of the Europarliament
Advisor of the World Health Organization for RSV-related programs
Fellowship and Awards
Full Professor (“Stimuleringshoogleraarschap”), expected in May 2015
International Congress of Pediatric Pulmunology (CIPP) Award for Contribution to Understanding Childhood Respiratory Disease and Global Medical Education (2013)
Dirkzwager-Assink Fonds Award by Catharijne Stichting for research on RSV bronchiolitis (2010)
Ter Meulen Fonds lecture: It is not all asthma that wheezes. 27e Congres Nederlandse Vereniging voor Kindergeneeskunde, Veldhoven (2005)
ESPID Fellowship Award 2001 Immunopathogenetic mechanisms of RSV infection in the mouse model (2001)
Royal Dutch Academy of Science (Ter Meulen Fonds Stipendium). Immunopathogenetic mechanisms of RSV infection in the mouse model (2000)
Research Output (208)
Man Wing Ho, Scheltema Nienke, Van Houten Marlies, Nibbelke Elisabeth, Achten Niek, Arp Kayleigh, Sanders Elisabeth, Bont Louis, Bogaert Debby 28 sep 2019, In: European Respiratory Journal. 54
Update of a clinical prediction model for serious bacterial infections in preschool children by adding a host-protein-based assay:A diagnostic study
Van Houten Chantal, Van De Maat Josephine Sophia, Naaktgeboren Christiana, Bont Louis, Oostenbrink R. 1 sep 2019, In: BMJ paediatrics open. 3
Comment on Transient Tachypnea of the Newborn Is Associated With an Increased Risk of Hospitalization Due to Respiratory Syncytial Virus Bronchiolitis
van de Kam Lieke W.P.C.G., Korsten Koos, Wildenbeest Joanne G., Bont Louis J. 1 sep 2019, In: The Pediatric infectious disease journal. 38 , p. e234-e235
Besteman Sjanna B., Bont Louis J. 15 aug 2019, In: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. 200 , p. 410-412 3 p.
External validation and update of a prognostic model to predict mortality in hospitalized adults with RSV:A retrospective Dutch cohort study
Vos Laura M., Oosterheert Jan Jelrik, Hoepelman Andy I.M., Bont Louis J., Coenjaerts Frank E.J., Naaktgeboren Christiana A. 14 aug 2019, In: Journal of Medical Virology. 91 , p. 2117-2124 8 p.
Expert panel diagnosis demonstrated high reproducibility as reference standard in infectious diseases
van Houten Chantal B., Naaktgeboren Christiana A., Ashkenazi-Hoffnung Liat, Ashkenazi Shai, Avis Wim, Chistyakov Irena, Corigliano Teresa, Galetto Annick, Gangoiti Iker, Gervaix Alain, Glikman Daniel, Ivaskeviciene Inga, Kuperman Amir A., Lacroix Laurence, Loeffen Yvette, Luterbacher Fanny, Meijssen Clemens B., Mintegi Santiago, Nasrallah Basheer, Papan Cihan, van Rossum Annemarie M.C., Rudolph Henriette, Stein Michal, Tal Roie, Tenenbaum Tobias, Usonis Vytautas, de Waal Wouter, Weichert Stefan, Wildenbeest Joanne G., de Winter-de Groot Karin M., Wolfs Tom F.W., Mastboim Niv, Gottlieb Tanya M., Cohen Asi, Oved Kfir, Eden Eran, Feigin Paul D., Shani Liran, Bont Louis J., 1 aug 2019, In: Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. 112 , p. 20-27 8 p.
Mazur Natalie I., Bont Louis J., van Delden Johannes J. M., Omer Saad B. jun 2019, In: The Lancet Respiratory Medicine. 7 , p. 474-476 3 p.
Use of the moving epidemic method (MEM) to assess national surveillance data for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in the Netherlands, 2005 to 2017
Vos Laura M., Teirlinck Anne C., Lozano Jose E., Vega Tomas, Donker Ge A., Hoepelman Andy I. M., Bont Louis J., Oosterheert Jan Jelrik, Meijer Adam 16 mei 2019, In: Eurosurveillance. 24 , p. 34-44
Tahamtan Alireza, Askari Fatemeh Sana, Bont Louis, Salimi Vahid 1 mrt 2019, In: Reviews in medical virology. 29
High epidemic burden of RSV disease coinciding with genetic alterations causing amino acid substitutions in the RSV G-protein during the 2016/2017 season in The Netherlands
Vos Laura M., Oosterheert Jan Jelrik, Kuil Sacha D., Viveen Marco, Bont Louis J., Hoepelman Andy I.M., Coenjaerts Frank E.J. 23 jan 2019, In: Journal of Clinical Virology. 112 , p. 20-26 7 p.