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


2021-   Consultant (geraadpleegd deskundige) National Health Council  on COVID-19 vaccination strategies (gezondheidsraad COVID-19 vaccinatie)

2021-  (co-)Director wetenschappelijk inhoudelijk COVID-19 vaccinatie programma RIVM (naast Hans van Vliet)

2020-   Consultant Outbreak Management Team on SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19

2019 -   Co-initiator of IGJ AIOS Conference (since 2017, twice a year) with the aim of improved interaction between Inspection (IGJ) and doctors in training

2019 -   Member NWO selection Committee VIDI candidates

2019-    Member of Conference Committee National Society for Paediatrics in the Netherlands, NVK

2017-    Member of the International Coalition for Life Course Immunization (CLCI)

2016-    WHO: Member of WHO SAGE working group on pneumococcal vaccines

2016 - 2018      Member of Faculty Masterclasses Vaccinology

2016 -               Observer at the JCVI meetings (3-4 times per year), UK

2010 - 2018      Member of the Health Council

2011 - 2015      National Pediatric Society (NVK); board member scientific committee

2007 - 2015      Member Health Council of the Netherlands; Member of the council group (Beraadgroep) on Infections and Immunity

2013 - 2014      Health Council of the Netherlands; member of the council committee on the national program for FLU vaccination.

2013 - 2014      Health Council of the Netherlands; member of the council committee on the national immunization program (Commission RVP) of the National Health Council.

2005 - 2014      Stichting Afweerstoornissen, SAS, Chair scientific advice committee Patient Society for Immunodeficiency disease. 

2001 - 2013      Board member responsible for the Organization of the scientific meetings of the Interuniversity working party for the Study of Immune deficiencies

2013       Member NWO VENI  selection committee

2013       Member scientific board ISPPD conference India, March 2014

2007 - 2012          KNAW- Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the TerMeulenFonds” –

2012    World Health Organization meeting PneumoCarr March 27-28th in Geneva, March 27/28.

2003 - 2012      Dutch Society of Pediatrics, NVK, member of the selection committee for the Young Investigators Award

2011    Health Council of the Netherlands, member of the council committee on population screening for cervical cancer.

2011     Member scientific committee ESPID conference June 2011

2010     National Health Council Advisory member of the committee on vaccination of newborns against pneumococcal infections

2003 - 2009      Member of the Board of Trustees of the National Vaccine Institute, NVI

2009      National Health Council Advisory member of the committee on vaccination against pandemic Flu.

2004 - 2008     KNAW- Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Member of the scientific Advisory Board of the TerMeulen Fonds –

1997 - 2007     Board member/Treasurer of the Pediatric Immunology Section of the Dutch Society of Pediatrics

2002    Committee for the Ministry of Health, for the National Vaccination Program regarding pneumococcal and Meningococcal C vaccinations, advisory member.

2001    Member Cochrane Collaboration on Pneumococcal Vaccines and Otitis Media


Fellowship and Awards


Research Output (490)

Study protocol of the PIMPI-project, a cohort study on acceptance, tolerability and immunogenicity of second trimester maternal pertussis immunization in relation to term and preterm infants

Immink Maarten M., Bekker Mireille N., de Melker Hester E., Rots Nynke Y., Sanders Elisabeth A.M., van der Maas Nicoline A.T. dec 2021, In: BMC Infectious Diseases. 21 , p. 1-9

Detection of Neisseria meningitidis in saliva and oropharyngeal samples from college students

Miellet Willem R., Mariman Rob, Pluister Gerlinde, de Jong Lieke J., Grift Ivo, Wijkstra Stijn, van Logchem Elske M., van Veldhuizen Janieke, Immink Marie Monique, Wijmenga-Monsuur Alienke J., Rots Nynke Y., Sanders Elisabeth A.M., Bosch Thijs, Trzciński Krzysztof 30 nov 2021, In: Scientific Reports. 11 , p. 1-9

Influenza-like Illness Exacerbates Pneumococcal Carriage in Older Adults

Miellet Willem R., Van Veldhuizen Janieke, Nicolaie Mioara A., Mariman Rob, Bootsma Hester J., Bosch Thijs, Rots Nynke Y., Sanders Elisabeth A.M., Van Beek Josine, Trzciński Krzysztof 1 nov 2021, In: Clinical Infectious Diseases. 73 , p. E2680-E2689

A novel method to standardise serum IgA measurements shows an increased prevalence of IgA deficiency in young children with recurrent respiratory tract infections

Koenen Mischa, Bosma Marleen, Roorda Udo, Wopereis Fabienne, Roos Anja, van der Vries Erhard, Bogaert D, Sanders Elisabeth , Boes Marianne, Heidema Jojanneke, van Montfrans JM, Balemans Walter A F, van Holten Thijs C, Verhagen Lilly 29 okt 2021, In: Clinical and Translational Immunology. 10 10 p.

Examining the Distribution and Impact of Single-Nucleotide Polymorphisms in the Capsular Locus of Streptococcus pneumoniae Serotype 19A

Arends D. W., Miellet W. R., Langereis J. D., Ederveen T. H.A., van der Gaast–de Jongh C. E., van Scherpenzeel M., Knol M. J., van Sorge N. M., Lefeber D. J., Trzcinski K., Sanders E. A.M., Dorfmueller H. C., Bootsma H. J., de Jonge M. I. 15 okt 2021, In: Infection and Immunity. 89 , p. 1-14

The respiratory microbiota during and following mechanical ventilation for respiratory infections in children

de Koff Emma M, Man Wing Ho, van Houten Marlies A, Jansen Nicolaas J G, Arp Kayleigh, Hasrat Raiza, Sanders Elisabeth A M, Bogaert Debby 10 dec 2020, In: The European respiratory journal. 57 , p. 1-5

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.

All research output

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