prof. dr. R.A. (Roel) CoutinhoProfessor Emeritus
- Department of Epidemiology
Most of the scientific work of Roel Coutinho has been on infectious diseases, especially epidemiology of HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections. The results of this work have been published in > 600 publications in peer-reviewed journals and presented at numerous meetings throughout the world. Up till now 67 PhD students finished their thesis under his supervision.
Between 1995-2005 he coordinated the Amsterdam Cohort Studies on HIV and AIDS, an ongoing collaborative research project of the Amsterdam Municipal Health Service, the Academic Medical Center and the Central Laboratory of the Netherlands Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service (Sanquin). Between 1994-2005 he was the project leader of the Ethiopian Netherlands AIDS Research Program (ENARP), a collaborative project with the Ethiopian Health and Nutrition Research Institute (EHNRI) in Addis Ababa financed by The Netherlands Ministry of International Cooperation. Between 1994 and 2004 he was the project leader of a collaborative EU-China project on Sexually Transmitted Infections. At this moment he is the scientific coordinator of the Ndlovu research collaboration, a recently started multidisciplinary research project in Elandsdoorn (South-Africa) concentrating on the interaction between HIV and chronic diseases of the University of Utrecht, the Ndlovu group and Witwatersrand University (South Africa). He is also the project leader of the Hepatitis C treatment program in Cameroon
Positions and employment
July 2015 - present
Medical Board, PharmAccess Foundation (0.2 fte)
May 2011 – present
Professor in the Epidemiology and Control of Infectious diseases especially in the veterinary/human domain, faculties of medicine and veterinary medicine, University of Utrecht (1.5 days per week)
April 2000 – present
Co-editor of the journal AIDS (impact factor 4.4)
February 2005 – Sept 2013
Director Center for Infectious Disease Control of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, Bilthoven. This center coordinates and supports infectious disease control in the Netherlands and is doing research. Total employees about 450 covering different disciplines (epidemiology, diagnostic and research laboratories, coordination of infectious disease control and national immunization program)
July 1989 – April 2011
Professor in the Epidemiology and Prevention of Infectious Diseases at the University of Amsterdam (one day per week 1989 – 1996; halftime appointment 1997-1999; one day per week from 2000 - 2011)
March 2000 – February 2005
General Director of the Municipal Health Service of Amsterdam. This Service works for the city of Amsterdam and the surrounding area, it has departments for infectious diseases, youth health, an ambulance service, ambulatory psychiatric services, a drug department, health promotion etc. Total number of employees about 1,100
July 1996 – February 2000
Division Director Municipal Health Service. Responsible for the Division of Public Health and Environment and the Department of Epidemiology and Health Promotion
September 1977 – 1996
Head Department of Public Health and Environment, Municipal Health Service of Amsterdam. The department was responsible for surveillance and control of infectious diseases and environmental health in the city of Amsterdam (approx. 700,000 inhabitants) and had about 200 employees. Included were: an STD-clinic, tuberculosis control, control of general infectious diseases, a public health laboratory, control of rats and other vermin, quarantine of Schiphol airport, a research unit on infectious diseases
October 1974 - August 1977
Specialization in medical microbiology (virology) at the department of virology of the University of Amsterdam. Research work mainly on cytomegalovirus as a possible cause of tumor growth
April 1975 - July 1975
Short term consultant for the World Health Organization in Bangla-Desh (smallpox eradication program). Responsible for program in the province of Rajshahi (5 million inhabitants)
July 1974 - September 1974
General practitioner in rural area of the Netherlands
February 1973 - July 1974
General doctor in charge of a 40-bed hospital in Ziguinchor (South-Senegal). This hospital was run by the provisional government of Guinée-Bissau (PAIGC)
Lidmaatschap advies commissies
Ad hoc commissie Gezondheidsraad ‘Advise on Pre Exposure Prophylaxis', voorzitter
Commissie van Toezicht Monitoring, Gezondheidsdienst voor dieren, voorzitter
Adviesraad biomedische interventies GGD Amsterdam, lid
Scientific Advisory Board REACTing (Research and ACTion targeting emerging Infectious Diseases), initiative of the French Government to coordinate and initiate research on emerging infectious diseases
Commissie Advies en Bijstand voor de samenwerking Internationale Gezondsheidsregeling tussen Nederland, Aruba, Curaçao en Sint Maarten
Bestuur SDa (autoriteit diergeneesmiddelen)
Evaluation Committee Prospective Studies Agence Nationale de Recherche sur le Sida et les Hepatites Virales
Fellowship and Awards
Commandeur in de Orde van Oranje Nassau
Jenner Penning RIVM
Research Output (55)
Cardiovascular Disease Burden in Rural Africa:Does HIV and Antiretroviral Treatment Play a Role?: Baseline Analysis of the Ndlovu Cohort Study
Vos Alinda G, Barth Roos E, Klipstein-Grobusch Kerstin, Tempelman Hugo A, Devillé Walter L J, Dodd Caitlin, Coutinho Roel A, Grobbee Diederick E, 9 apr 2020, In: Journal of the American Heart Association. 9 10 p.
Heart rate variability, HIV and the risk of cardiovascular diseases in rural South Africa
Godijk Noor, Vos Alinda, Jongen Vita W., Moraba Robert, Tempelman Hugo, Grobbee DE, Coutinho Roel, Devillé W, Klipstein-Grobusch Kerstin 14 jun 2019,
Varkila Meri R J, Vos Alinda G, Barth Roos E, Tempelman Hugo A, Devillé Walter L J, Coutinho Roel A, Grobbee Diederick E, Klipstein-Grobusch Kerstin 2019, In: PLoS ONE. 14
Godijk N.G., Klipstein-Grobusch Kerstin, Vos Alinda G, Grobbee Diederick, Coutinho Roel A 24 jul 2018, p. 165 166 p.
Pneumonia risk of people living close to goat and poultry farms – Taking GPS derived mobility patterns into account
Klous Gijs, Smit Lidwien A.M., Freidl Gudrun S., Borlée Floor, van der Hoek Wim, IJzermans C. Joris, Kretzschmar Mirjam E.E., Heederik Dick J.J., Coutinho Roel A., Huss Anke 1 jun 2018, In: Environment International. 115 , p. 150-160 11 p.
The Montreal Cognitive Assessment–Basic (MoCA-B) is not a reliable screening tool for cognitive decline in HIV patients receiving combination antiretroviral therapy in rural South Africa
Hakkers C. S., Beunders A. J.M., Ensing M. H.M., Barth R. E., Boelema S., Devillé W. L.J., Tempelman H. A., Coutinho R. A., Hoepelman A. I.M., Arends J. E., van Zandvoort M. J.E. 1 feb 2018, In: International Journal of Infectious Diseases. 67 , p. 36-40 5 p.
Klous Gijs, Smit Lidwien A M, Borlée Floor, Coutinho Roel A, Kretzschmar Mirjam E E, Heederik Dick J J, Huss Anke 9 aug 2017, In: International journal of health geographics. 16
HIV and risk of cardiovascular disease in sub-Saharan Africa:Rationale and design of the Ndlovu Cohort Study
Vos Alinda, Tempelman Hugo, Devillé Walter, Barth Roos, Wensing Annemarie, Kretzschmar Mirjam, Klipstein-Grobusch Kerstin, Hoepelman Andy, Tesselaar Kiki, Aitken Sue, Madzivhandila Mashudu, Uiterwaal Cuno, Venter Francois, Coutinho Roel, Grobbee Diederick E jul 2017, In: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. 24 , p. 1043-1050 8 p.
Levy Jay A., Coutinho Roel, Lewin Sharon, Phair John 1 jun 2017, In: AIDS. 31 , p. 1205
Human-livestock contacts and their relationship to transmission of zoonotic pathogens, a systematic review of literature
Klous Gijs, Huss Anke, Heederik Dick J J, Coutinho Roel A. 1 dec 2016, In: One Health. 2 , p. 65-76 12 p.