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

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

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



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


Research Output (482)

Pneumococcal conjugate vaccines for preventing acute otitis media in children

de Sévaux Joline Lh, Venekamp Roderick P, Lutje Vittoria, Hak Eelko, Schilder Anne Gm, Sanders Elisabeth Am, Damoiseaux Roger Amj 24 nov 2020, In: The Cochrane database of systematic reviews. 2020

Association of Routine Infant Vaccinations with Antibody Levels among Preterm Infants

Rouers Elsbeth D.M., Bruijning-Verhagen Patricia C.J., Van Gageldonk Pieter G.M., Van Dongen Josephine A.P., Sanders Elisabeth A.M., Berbers Guy A.M. 15 sep 2020, In: JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association. 324 , p. 1068-1077 10 p.

Inactivated influenza vaccine does not reduce all cause respiratory illness in children with pre-existing medical conditions

de Hoog Marieke L A, Venekamp Roderick P, Meijer Adam, Sanders Elisabeth A M, Bruijning-Verhagen Patricia C J L 9 apr 2020, In: Vaccine. 38 , p. 3397-3403 7 p.

Infant respiratory syncytial virus prophylaxis and nasopharyngeal microbiota until 6 years of life:a subanalysis of the MAKI randomised controlled trial

Man Wing Ho, Scheltema Nienke M, Clerc Melanie, van Houten Marlies A, Nibbelke Elisabeth E, Achten Niek B, Arp Kayleigh, Sanders Elisabeth A M, Bont Louis J, Bogaert Debby 20 mrt 2020, In: The Lancet Respiratory Medicine. 8 , p. 1022-1031 10 p.

Correction to: Cost-effectiveness of rule-based immunoprophylaxis against respiratory syncytial virus infections in preterm infants (vol 177, pg 133, 2018)

Blanken Maarten O., Frederix Geert W., Ungar Wendy J., Nibbelke Elisabeth E., Koffijberg Hendrik, Sanders Elisabeth A.M., Rovers Maroeska M., Bont Louis, 1 feb 2020, In: European Journal of Pediatrics. 179 1 p.

Development of the gut microbiota in early life:The impact of cystic fibrosis and antibiotic treatment

Kristensen Maartje, Prevaes Sabine M.P.J., Kalkman Gino, Tramper-Stranders Gerdien A., Hasrat Raiza, de Winter- de Groot Karin M., Janssens Hettie M., Tiddens Harm A., van Westreenen Mireille, Sanders Elisabeth A.M., Arets Bert, Keijser Bart, van der Ent Cornelis K., Bogaert Debby 1 jan 2020, In: Journal of Cystic Fibrosis. 19 , p. 553-561 9 p.

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

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

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

Author Correction:Impact of delivery mode-associated gut microbiota dynamics on health in the first year of life (Nature Communications, (2019), 10, 1, (4997), 10.1038/s41467-019-13014-7)

Reyman Marta, van Houten Marlies A., van Baarle Debbie, Bosch Astrid A.T.M., Man Wing Ho, Chu Mei Ling J.N., Arp Kayleigh, Watson Rebecca L., Sanders Elisabeth A.M., Fuentes Susana, Bogaert Debby 25 nov 2019, In: Nature Communications. 10

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