prof. dr. R.A. (Roel) Coutinho

prof. dr. R.A. (Roel) Coutinho

Professor Emeritus
prof. dr. R.A. (Roel) Coutinho
  • Julius Center, dept. Epidemiology & Health Economics



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)

Side Activities

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 (61)

A systematic review of the intercontinental movement of unregulated African meat imports into and through European border checkpoints

Morrison-Lanjouw S, Spijker R, Mughini-Gras L, Coutinho R A, Chaber A L, Leeflang M Dec 2023, In: One Health. 17 12 p.

Ideal Cardiovascular Health Index and Its Determinants in a Rural South African Population

Ketelaar E J, Vos A G, Godijk N G, Scheuermaier K, Devillé W, Tempelman H, Coutinho R A, Venter W D F, Grobbee D E, Klipstein-Grobusch K 25 Nov 2020, In: Global Heart. 15

Relationship between Coxiella burnetii (Q fever) antibody serology and time spent outdoors

Klous Gijs, Smit Lidwien AM, van der Hoek Wim, Kretzschmar Mirjam EE, Vellema Piet, Coutinho Roel A., Heederik Dick JJ, Huss Anke Jul 2020, In: Journal of Infection. 81 , p. 90-97 8 p.

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 Noortje G, Vos Alinda G, Jongen Vita W, Moraba Robert, Tempelman Hugo, Grobbee Diederick E, Coutinho Roel A, Devillé Walter, Klipstein-Grobusch Kerstin 12 Feb 2020, In: Global Heart. 15 , p. 1-9

Prediction of human active mobility in rural areas:development and validity tests of three different approaches

Klous Gijs, Kretzschmar Mirjam E E, Coutinho Roel A, Heederik Dick J J, Huss Anke 26 Nov 2019, In: Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology. 30 , p. 1023-1031 9 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,

The association between HIV infection and pulmonary function in a rural African population

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 Jan 2019, In: PLoS ONE. 14

Heart rate variability, HIV and cardiovascular disease risk in rural South Africa

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.

All research output

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