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prof. dr. E.A.M. (Elisabeth ) Sanders Full Professor

  • Infectious Diseases Research 3
  • Immunology patient care

E.A.M. Sanders


Research Programs


Dr. Prof. Elisabeth AM Sanders (F), born in 1959 is paediatrician and Professor in Pediatric Immunology and Infectious Diseases at the University Medical Center Utrecht in combination with a position as Chief Science Officer (Immunology, Infectiology and Vaccinology) at the Netherlands National Institute for Public Health and Environment (RIVM). She has a H-index of 38 and wrote over 250 peer reviewed manuscripts in international journals . She was head of the clinical department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases of the University Children’s Hospital Utrecht between 2004-2009. Between 2009 -2014 she was director Research and Education of the University Hospital for Children in Utrecht. She has a long standing interest in the clinical effectiveness of vaccines, prevention of respiratory infections and development of microbiome and immunity in children. At present, her research focus is  optimizing current national vaccination programmes for children and elderly, epidemiology and prevention of respiratory tract infections and respiratory microbiome profile development in health and disease.

Since 2010, she is a member of the Health Council for the Ministry of Health. She has participated in many scientific advisory boards for the national Health Council.

Side Activities

  • 2014      Chief Scientific Officer at the national institute for Public Health and Environment (RIVM) (immunology, infectious diseases and vaccination strategies)

    2010- 2018 Member of the Health Council of the Netherlands

    2016-     Observer at the JCVI meetings, UK

    2016- 2018 Member of faculty masterclasses Vaccinology

    2016-     Member of WHO SAGE working group in pneumococcal conjugate vaccines

    2017-     Member of the international Coalition for Life Course Immunization (CLCI)

    2019-     Member of Conference Committee National Sociaty for Paediatrics in the Netherlands (NVK)

    2019-     Member NWO selection Committee VIDI candidates

    2019-     Co-initator of IGJ AIOS Conference (since 2017, twice a year) with the aim of improved interaction between Inspection (IGJ) and doctors in training            

Fellowship and Awards

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Research Output (321)

Immunoglobulin A deficiency in children, an undervalued clinical issue

Koenen M. H.(Mischa), van Montfrans J. M.(Joris), Sanders E. A.M.(Elisabeth), Bogaert D. (Debby), Verhagen L. M.(Lilly) 1 dec 2019, In: Clinical Immunology. 209

Identification of regulatory variants associated with genetic susceptibility to meningococcal disease

Borghini Lisa, Png Eileen, Binder Alexander, Wright Victoria J., Pinnock Ellie, de Groot Ronald, Hazelzet Jan, Emonts Marieke, Van der Flier Michiel, Schlapbach Luregn J., Anderson Suzanne, Secka Fatou, Salas Antonio, Fink Colin, Carrol Enitan D., Pollard Andrew J., Coin Lachlan J., Kuijpers Taco W., Martinon-Torres Federico, Zenz Werner, Levin Michael, Hibberd Martin L., Davila Sonia, Gormley Stuart, Hamilton Shea, Herberg Jethro, Hourmat Bernardo, Hoggart Clive, Kaforou Myrsini, Sancho-Shimizu Vanessa, Abdulla Amina, Agapow Paul, Bartlett Maeve, Bellos Evangelos, Eleftherohorinou Hariklia, Galassini Rachel, Inwald David, Mashbat Meg, Menikou Stefanie, Sanders E. A. M., Breukels M. A., de Vries E., Dekkers R., Heidema J., Jacobs M. A. M., Jansen N. J. G., Miedema C. J., van der Meer H., Wolfs T. F. W., 1 dec 2019, In: Scientific Reports. 9

Plasma lipid profiles discriminate bacterial from viral infection in febrile children

Wang Xinzhu, Nijman Ruud, Camuzeaux Stephane, Sands Caroline, Jackson Heather, Kaforou Myrsini, Emonts Marieke, Herberg Jethro A., Maconochie Ian, Carrol Enitan D., Paulus Stephane C., Zenz Werner, Van der Flier Michiel, de Groot Ronald, Martinon-Torres Federico, Schlapbach Luregn J., Pollard Andrew J., Fink Colin, Kuijpers Taco T., Anderson Suzanne, Lewis Matthew R., Levin Michael, McClure Myra, Gormley Stuart, Hamilton Shea, Hourmat Bernardo, Hoggart Clive, Sancho-Shimizu Vanessa, Wright Victoria, Abdulla Amina, Agapow Paul, Bartlett Maeve, Bellos Evangelos, Eleftherohorinou Hariklia, Galassini Rachel, Inwald David, Mashbat Meg, Menikou Stefanie, Mustafa Sobia, Nadel Simon, Sanders E. A.M., Breukels M. A., de Vries E., Dekkers R., Heidema J., Jacobs M. A.M., Jansen N. J.G., Miedema C. J., van der Meer H., Wolfs T. F.W., 27 nov 2019, In: Scientific Reports. 9 , p. 17714

Rectal swabs are a reliable proxy for faecal samples in infant gut microbiota research based on 16S-rRNA sequencing

Reyman Marta, van Houten Marlies A., Arp Kayleigh, Sanders Elisabeth A.M., Bogaert Debby 5 nov 2019, In: Scientific Reports. 9

Pertussis hospitalizations among term and preterm infants:Clinical course and vaccine effectiveness

Van Der Maas Nicoline A.T., Sanders Elisabeth A.M., Versteegh Florens G.A., Baauw Albertine, Westerhof Anneke, De Melker Hester E. 29 okt 2019, In: BMC Infectious Diseases. 19

Twelve years of pneumococcal conjugate vaccination in the Netherlands: Impact on incidence and clinical outcomes of invasive pneumococcal disease

Vestjens Stefan M. T., Sanders Elisabeth A. M., Vlaminckx Bart J., de Melker Hester E., van der Ende Arie, Knol Mirjam J. 8 okt 2019, In: Vaccine. 37 , p. 6558-6565 8 p.

Maturation of microbial networks across body sites is associated with susceptibility to childhood respiratory infections

Clerc Melanie, Reyman Marta, Man Wing Ho, Van Houten Marlies A., Sanders Elisabeth A. M., Bogaert Debby 28 sep 2019, In: European Respiratory Journal. 54

Resilience of the nasopharyngeal microbiota following childhood lower respiratory tract infection

de Koff Emma, Man Wing Ho, Van Houten Marlies, Merelle Marieke, Vlieger Arine, Chu Mei Ling, Jansen Nicolaas, Sanders Elisabeth, Bogaert Debby 28 sep 2019, In: European Respiratory Journal. 54

Infant RSV prophylaxis, RSV infection, and nasopharyngeal microbiota at age six years

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

Timeliness of immunisations in preterm infants in the Netherlands

Rouers Elsbeth D.M., Berbers Guy A.M., van Dongen Josephine A.P., Sanders Elisabeth A.M., Bruijning-Verhagen Patricia 16 sep 2019, In: Vaccine. 37 , p. 5862-5867 6 p.

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