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Blog founder professor Eric van Gorp

Knowledge as Antivirus Knowledge as antivirus, the subtitle of the Viruskenner project is not just a phrase. The current coronavirus outbreak underlines that knowledge how to prevent infection is the cornerstone of prevention. In the Viruskenner program students learn about how to implement hygiene measures. It’s about knowledge, awareness and [...]

February 27th, 2020|

Kick-off Dutch primary school De Triangel!

We kicked-off together with primary school De Triangel. All pupils in groups 8 will dive into the world of viruses and infectious diseases in the upcoming period. What a great group and we are so impressed by how much the pupils already know! Now with the Corona virus, the kick-off [...]

February 26th, 2020|

Blog coach George!

Hi! I would like to introduce myself. I am George Sips, doctor, and I am now in the final year of the specialization training as a microbiologist at Erasmus MC in Rotterdam. A physician-microbiologist is involved in the prevention, detection and treatment of infectious diseases. Infectious diseases can be caused [...]

February 26th, 2020|

Blog coach Ayat!

Hey there! I’m Ayat Abourashed, and I will be joining Viruskenner and the citizen science project as an OHPACT PhD candidate. I have always thought as myself as a teacher: I taught university-level Biology for two years and then moved to Indonesia to teach English for a year. In Indonesia, [...]

February 25th, 2020|

Blog intern Lisanne!

Let me introduce myself: my name is Lisanne Preusting and I am a new intern at Viruskenner. This internship is the last part of my Master's degree in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Amsterdam. I've always been very interested in infectious diseases. I believe it's fascinating to learn about [...]

February 19th, 2020|

What is a bacteriophage and how do we research it?

What is a bacteriophage and how do we research it? Michèle and Felisita (Erasmus MC Rotterdam) wrote a blog for Viruskenner!  Researching bacteriophages at the Erasmus MC Many of us know that bacteria can cause diseases in humans, but do you know that bacteria can get sick too? Just like [...]

February 4th, 2020|

Update Wuhan Coronavirus

The Wuhan virus is in the daily news and the spread is still continuing. Various countries, including the Netherlands, give people the opportunity to be evacuated. Read the full article of The Guardian here.

February 1st, 2020|

Kick-offs in Suriname!

This week where the kick-offs of Viruskenner in Suriname! High schools Arthur Alex Hoogendoorn and the Nassy Brouwer College and primary school Prinses Amalia have made a flying start. And how! Viruskenner coaches gave masterclasses and explained the participants everything about the project. In the upcoming period, all schools [...]

February 1st, 2020|

New mysterious virus active in and outside China

The BBC wrote this week about this new virus: A tourist in Thailand has become the first person outside China diagnosed with a new, pneumonia-like virus that has already infected dozens of people. The woman was quarantined after landing in Bangkok from Wuhan, eastern China, where the outbreak began in [...]

January 15th, 2020|

Kick-off in Italy!

Today the Viruskenner kick-off took place in Italy! A large room was filled with students from the Istituto Tecnico Tecnologico Buonarroti in Trento. They learned the ins and outs about viruses and how to protect yourself and others. Over the next two months they will work in teams on [...]

January 10th, 2020|

Questions during the project?

The Viruskenner website   At the Viruskenner website you can find news, blogs, information about previous editions and the Learning materials with specific information about viruses and transmission routes. In addition, there is a forum for high school students. Viruskenner coaches are there for you to answer questions about viruses and [...]

January 8th, 2020|

Article Peter Piot in Scientific American

Recently a fun scientific blog was published that fits in very well with Viruskenner and which we would like to share with you. It is an English blog by Peter Piot (the Belgian microbiologist who co-discovered ebola, was head of UNAIDS and is now director of the London School of [...]

January 6th, 2020|

New Viruskenner website live!

Two highlights at the start of 2020 The new Viruskenner website is live and Viruskenner edition 2020 is almost kicking off! In January will be the kick-offs at primary schools and high schools in Italy and Suriname. In The Netherlands the teachers and professors will get their Teacher's Day, where [...]

January 2nd, 2020|

Risks rodent borne diseases in Paris

The Paris city council has set up a special campaign. The inhabitants have to go on a rat hunt. Literally. Among other things, they are obliged to use rat poison and set rat traps. If they refuse, they can get a fine of 450 euros. The French capital is struggling [...]

May 15th, 2019|
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