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Janneke van de Wijgert

Full Professor

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Prof. Janneke van de Wijgert, MD PhD MPH, is a translational infectious disease researcher, educated in biomedical sciences and medicine (Utrecht University, Netherlands), and public health epidemiology (University of California at Berkeley, USA). Her work experience includes clinical epidemiological and public health research, laboratory research, and product development in various European, African, Asian, and American countries. Former employers include the University of California at San Francisco (5 years of which as Director of the UZ-UCSF Collaborative HIV Research Program in Harare, Zimbabwe), the Population Council in New York, the Amsterdam University Medical Center, and the University of Liverpool, UK. She was appointed Full Professor in the Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care of the University Medical Center (UMC) Utrecht in 2017, and as Chief Science Officer at the Dutch Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) in 2022. She currently divides her time between the UMC Utrecht and the RIVM. She has supervised/is supervising multiple PhD, Master’s and Bachelor students, and has published more than 200 peer-reviewed papers. 
Janneke van de Wijgert’s main areas of research and teaching include 1) general infectious and immune-mediated disease epidemiology (including COVID-19); 2) the role of the human microbiome in health and disease; 3) the role of the cervicovaginal microbiome in reproductive and neonatal health and disease, and in prevention of HIV transmission; and 4) evaluation of diagnostics, treatments, and prevention interventions in these areas. In addition to traditional epidemiological approaches, she has specialised in incorporating ‘-omics’ and other complex biological data into epidemiological models. During the COVID-19 epidemic, she has worked with eHealth applications to control epidemic spread.

A complete list of publications can be found on ORCID:



Research groups

Infections in general practice

Research aim

To optimise prevention, diagnosis, prognosis and management of common infections in general practice.

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Recent publications

Within-episode repeat antibiotic prescriptions in patients with respiratory tract infections A Lalmohamed, R P Venekamp, A Bolhuis, P C Souverein, J van de Wijgert, M Gulliford, A D Hay
The Journal of Infection, 2024, vol. 88
Effectiveness of Omicron XBB.1.5 vaccine against infection with SARS-CoV-2 Omicron XBB and JN.1 variants, prospective cohort study, the Netherlands, October 2023 to January 2024 Anne J Huiberts, Christina E Hoeve, Brechje de Gier, Jeroen Cremer, Bas van der Veer, Hester E de Melker, Janneke Hhm van de Wijgert, Susan van den Hof, Dirk Eggink, Mirjam J Knol
Eurosurveillance, 2024, vol. 29
High adherence to intermittent and continuous use of a contraceptive vaginal ring among women in a randomized controlled trial in Kigali, Rwanda Evelyne Kestelyn, Jennifer Ilo Van Nuil, Marie Michelle Umulisa, Grace Umutoni, Alice Uwingabire, Irith De Baetselier, Mireille Uwineza, Stephen Agaba, Tania Crucitti, Thérèse Delvaux, Janneke H H M van de Wijgert
Frontiers in global women's health, 2024, vol. 5
Novel point-of-care cytokine biomarker lateral flow test for the screening for sexually transmitted infections and bacterial vaginosis Stephanie Ramboarina, Tania Crucitti, Katherine Gill, Linda Gail Bekker, Emma Michele Harding-Esch, Janneke H H M van de Wijgert, Bich-Tram Huynh, Camille Fortas, Aina Harimanana, Théodora Mayouya Gamana, Rindra Vatosoa Randremanana, Reziky Mangahasimbola, Chido Dziva Chikwari, Katharina Kranzer, Constance R S Mackworth-Young, Sarah Bernays, Nicola Thomas, David Anderson, Fatime Ramla Tanko, Monalisa Manhanzva, Micaela Lurie, Fezile Khumalo, Edina Sinanovic, Ayako Honda, Tanya Pidwell, Suzanna C Francis, Lindi Masson, Jo-Anne Passmore,
BMJ Open, 2024, vol. 14
Prognostic accuracy of imaging findings for predicting morbidity and mortality in patients with COVID-19 Nayaar Islam, Mohammed Kashif Al-Ghita, Sanam Ebrahimzadeh, Haben Dawit, Ross Prager, Gonzalo G. Alvarez, Jérémie F. Cohen, Daniël A. Korevaar, Jonathan J. Deeks, Jan Y. Verbakel, Johanna A.A.G. Damen, Eleanor A. Ochodo, Anirudh Venugopalan Nair, Jacqueline Dinnes, Carole Dennie, Ann Van den Bruel, Janneke van de Wijgert, Lindsey Sikora, René Spijker, Samanjit S. Hare, Matthew D.F. McInnes
Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2023, vol. 2023
BCG Vaccination of Health Care Workers Does Not Reduce SARS-CoV-2 Infections nor Infection Severity or Duration Juana Claus, Thijs Ten Doesschate, Cheyenne Gumbs, Cornelis H van Werkhoven, Thomas W van der Vaart, Axel B Janssen, Gaby Smits, Rob van Binnendijk, Fiona van der Klis, Debbie van Baarle, Fernanda L Paganelli, Helen Leavis, Lilly M Verhagen, Simone A Joosten, Marc J M Bonten, Mihai G Netea, Janneke H H M van de Wijgert,
mBio, 2023, vol. 14