Wim van der Poel
Emerging viruses
Hepatitis E Virus
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Bat Lyssaviruses
Food-borne viruses
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Emerging Zoonotic Viruses
Research projects
European network of excellence working on the prevention and control of zoonoses and foodborne infections. Med-Vet-Net comprises 15 partners across Europe and over 300 scientists. The institutes involved consist of eight veterinary, seven public health institutes and one learned society from 10 European countries. All partner institutes have national reference laboratory-based responsibilities for the prevention and control of zoonoses. 
EPIZONE is the Network of Excellence for Epizootic Disease Diagnosis and Control. This European Union (EU) funded research project officially started on 1st of June 2006 and is supported by the EU’s Sixth Research Framework Programme with a total EU contribution of € 14million for the period of five years. EPIZONE aims to improve research on preparedness, prevention, detection, and control of epizootic diseases within Europe through increased excellence by collaboration. www.epizone-eu.net

COST Action 929 ENVIRONET wants to construct a network of expert European scientists, who will cooperate to promote the study of, and to tackle the issues associated with, food- and environmentally transmitted pathogenic viruses. www.cost929-environet.org
Hepatitis E Virus in Animal Reservoirs
A public health threat in the Netherlands?
A primary objective of this Wageningen Institute of Animal Sciences project is to collect reliable quantitative data on the occurrence of hepatitis E virus (HEV) in animal reservoirs. Obtained data will be used for the assessment of the importance of animal species and populations regarding the transmission of the hepatitis E virus to humans. Transmission experiments will be carried out to examine the transmission between animals. www.wias.nl/project/list.php
The work package “Food producing animals as a potential source of emerging viral zoonoses’ within MEDVETNET aims to investigate possible risks associated with virus infected animals. ZOOVIRNET  evaluates the potential zoonotic role and/or foodborne transmission of emerging viruses like porcine hepatitis E virus (HEV), Anellovirus and Encephalomyocarditis Virus (EMCV), as well as tickborne encephalitis virus (TBEV). For more information: wim.vanderpoel@wur.nl

Integrated project on Monitoring and Control of Foodborne Viruses in European Food Supply Chains. VITAL is an EU-funded project which will provide Europe with a framework for monitoring and risk modeling, and procedures for control of foodborne virus contamination, which will be applicable to any virus, whether existing, emerging or re-emerging, that poses the danger of being transmitted by food. www.eurovital.org

WILDSURV harmonization
WILDSURV harmonization is an internal research project within EPIZONE which will focus on harmonization of wildlife surveillance programmes for CSFV and Rabies. Since wildlife may come in contact with domestic food producing animals and humans, an increasing number of European countries are implementing wildlife surveillance programs for threatening viruses. The currently running programmes are often different between countries. For comparison of results, a harmonization of these programmes is urgently needed. For more information: wim.vanderpoel@wur.nl
VIRUSTRACK is an internal Wageningen University Research project which aims to develop and implement new molecular detection methods for rapid tracing and characterization of new emerging viruses. For more information: wim.vanderpoel@wur.nl
DNA-chip based diagnostics
The work-package “DNA-chip based diagnostics” within EPIZONE, focuses on the design of a pan viral DNA chip for the detection of viruses affecting livestock populations and for the fast and accurate subtyping of important epizootic viruses. This WP includes partners of 8 leading European Veterinary Research Institutes. for more information: wim.vanderpoel@wur.nl
Working Groups / Societies
Netherlands Society for Microbiology (NVvM)
Dutch society of microbiologist which aims for the improvement of activities in the fields of prevention, diagnostics, pathogenesis studies, treatment and epidemiology of microbial diseases www.nvvm.nl
Dutch Society for Wildlife Health
The mission of the Dutch Society for Wildlife Health (DSWH) is to acquire, disseminate and apply knowledge of the health and welfare of wild and feral animals in relation to their biology, conservation and interaction with humans and domestic animals, with an emphasis on the Netherlands www.dutchwildlife.nl
CEN task Group 4
The overall remit of the CEN/TC275, Food analysis, Horizontal methods, Working Group 6, microbial contamination, task Group 4, Detection of viruses in foods, is “To develop standard methods for detection of human pathogenic viruses in food. For more information: wim.vanderpoel@wur.nl
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