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prof. dr. L.J. Bont

prof. dr. L.J. Bont

Full Professor
prof. dr. L.J. Bont
  • Center for Translational Immunology (CTI) Research
  • Infectious Diseases Research 2

Biography

Biography

Louis Bont is a Paediatrician Infectiologist at the Wilhelmina Children’s Hospital in the University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands. He leads the Utrecht RSV Research Group. He is the coordinator of the Interest Group on Respiratory Infections of the European Society of Pediatric Infectious Diseases (ESPID) Research Committee. Dr. Bont is the founder and chairman of ReSViNET, an international RSV Research consortium. He has a strong interest in education of young talented researchers and founded the successful Training of Upcoming Leaders in Pediatric Science (TULIPS) career training program in the Netherlands. Dr. Bont served as advisor of the World Health Organization (WHO), the European Center of Disease Control (ECDC) and the Europarliament.

Louis Bont did his medical training at the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam (1989-1996). He performed his PhD under the supervision of professor Jan Kimpen and professor Cobi Heijnen at the Wilhelmina Children’s Hospital (1997-2000). He was a post-doc at the Garofalo lab in Galveston, Texas (2000-2001). After returning to Utrecht, he followed the pediatric residency program followed by a pediatric infectious diseases and immunology fellowship. He have led the RSV Research Group since 2003 and became full professor in 2015.

The vision of his research is to combine clinical and basic research to decrease the global burden of RSV infection. The mission of his research group is to improve knowledge of RSV epidemiology, and to develop safe and effective therapeutic and preventive interventions.

In his work collaborate with patients is of highest importance. His work is supported by the RSV Patient Advisory Board (PAB) since 2012. The PAB has reviewed every grant application by the RSV Research Group. PAB members have been interviewed for newspapers and national television on RSV-related subjects.

Louis Bont actively participates as a teacher in the SUMMA program. In addition, he founded the TULIPS program in 2008 to train colleagues and young clinician-scientists.

Potential Conflicts of Interest

Dr. Bont has regular interaction with pharmaceutical and other industrial partners. He has not received personal fees or other personal benefits. UMCU has received major funding (>€100,000 per industrial partner) for investigator initiated studies from AbbVie, MedImmune, AstraZeneca, Sanofi, Janssen, Pfizer and MeMed Diagnostics. UMCU has received major funding for the RSV GOLD study from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. UMCU has received major funding as part of the public private partnership IMI-funded RESCEU and PROMISE projects with partners GSK, Novavax, Janssen, AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Sanofi. UMCU has received major funding by Julius Clinical for participating in clinical studies sponsored by MedImmune and Pfizer. UMCU received minor funding (€1,000-10,000 per industrial partner) for consultation and invited lectures by AbbVie, MedImmune, Ablynx, Bavaria Nordic, MabXience, GSK, Novavax, Pfizer, Janssen. Dr. Bont is the founding chairman of the ReSViNET Foundation.

Since April 1st 2020, Louis has been given a new position as medical scientific division manager of the Children's Division of the Wilhelmina Children's Hospital in Utrecht.

Side Activities

Coordinator of the Interest Group on Respiratory Infections of the European Society of Pediatric Infectious Diseases (ESPID) Research Committee

Chairman of ReSViNET, an international RSV Research Network.

Advisor of the Europarliament

Advisor of the World Health Organization for RSV-related programs

Advisor of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

EUREKA Translation Medicine network, mentor

Fellowship and Awards

Full Professor (“Stimuleringshoogleraarschap”), expected in May 2015

International Congress of Pediatric Pulmunology (CIPP) Award for Contribution to Understanding Childhood Respiratory Disease and Global Medical Education (2013)

Dirkzwager-Assink Fonds Award by Catharijne Stichting for research on RSV bronchiolitis (2010)

Ter Meulen Fonds lecture: It is not all asthma that wheezes. 27e Congres Nederlandse Vereniging voor Kindergeneeskunde, Veldhoven (2005)

ESPID Fellowship Award 2001 Immunopathogenetic mechanisms of RSV infection in the mouse model (2001)

Royal Dutch Academy of Science (Ter Meulen Fonds Stipendium). Immunopathogenetic mechanisms of RSV infection in the mouse model (2000)

Research Output (254)

Estimation of the Timing and Intensity of Reemergence of Respiratory Syncytial Virus Following the COVID-19 Pandemic in the US

Zheng Zhe, Pitzer Virginia E, Shapiro Eugene D, Bont Louis J, Weinberger Daniel M 16 dec 2021, In: JAMA network open. 4 , p. 1-13

Contact With Young Children Increases the Risk of Respiratory Infection in Older Adults in Europe-the RESCEU Study

Korsten Koos, Adriaenssens Niels, Coenen Samuel, Butler Chris C, Pirçon Jean-Yves, Verheij Theo J M, Bont Louis J, Wildenbeest Joanne G, 15 dec 2021, In: The Journal of infectious diseases.

World Health Organization Influenza-Like Illness Underestimates the Burden of Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection in Community-Dwelling Older Adults

Korsten Koos, Adriaenssens Niels, Coenen Samuel, Butler Chris C, Verheij Theo J M, Bont Louis J, Wildenbeest Joanne G, 14 dec 2021, In: The Journal of infectious diseases.

COVID-19 Lesson for Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV):Hygiene Works

Gastaldi Andrea, Donà Daniele, Barbieri Elisa, Giaquinto Carlo, Bont Louis J, Baraldi Eugenio 6 dec 2021, In: Children (Basel, Switzerland). 8 , p. 1-9

Distinct patterns of within-host virus populations between two subgroups of human respiratory syncytial virus

Lin Gu Lung, Drysdale Simon B., Snape Matthew D., O’Connor Daniel, Brown Anthony, MacIntyre-Cockett George, Mellado-Gomez Esther, de Cesare Mariateresa, Bonsall David, Ansari M. Azim, Öner Deniz, Aerssens Jeroen, Butler Christopher, Bont Louis, Openshaw Peter, Martinón-Torres Federico, Nair Harish, Bowden Rory, Campbell Harry, Cunningham Steve, Bogaert Debby, Beutels Philippe, Wildenbeest Joanne, Clutterbuck Elizabeth, McGinley Joseph, Thwaites Ryan, Wiseman Dexter, Gómez-Carballa Alberto, Rodriguez-Tenreiro Carmen, Rivero-Calle Irene, Dacosta-Urbieta Ana, Heikkinen Terho, Meijer Adam, Fischer Thea Kølsen, van den Berge Maarten, Giaquinto Carlo, Abram Michael, Dormitzer Philip, Stoszek Sonia, Gallichan Scott, Rosen Brian, Molero Eva, Machin Nuria, Spadetto Martina, Golubchik Tanya, Pollard Andrew J., dec 2021, In: Nature Communications. 12 , p. 1-11 11 p.

RSV:perspectives to strengthen the need for protection in all infants

Navarro Alonso Jose Antonio, Bont Louis J., Bozzola Elena, Herting Egbert, Lega Federico, Mader Silke, Nunes Marta C., Ramilo Octavio, Valiotis George, Olivier Catherine Weil, Yates Ann, Faust Saul N. 21 okt 2021, In: Emerging Themes in Epidemiology. 18 , p. 1-5

Publisher Correction::Distinct patterns of within-host virus populations between two subgroups of human respiratory syncytial virus

Lin Gu Lung, Drysdale Simon B., Snape Matthew D., O’Connor Daniel, Brown Anthony, MacIntyre-Cockett George, Mellado-Gomez Esther, de Cesare Mariateresa, Bonsall David, Ansari M. Azim, Öner Deniz, Aerssens Jeroen, Butler Christopher, Bont Louis, Openshaw Peter, Martinón-Torres Federico, Nair Harish, Bowden Rory, Campbell Harry, Cunningham Steve, Bogaert Debby, Beutels Philippe, Wildenbeest Joanne, Clutterbuck Elizabeth, McGinley Joseph, Thwaites Ryan, Wiseman Dexter, Gómez-Carballa Alberto, Rodriguez-Tenreiro Carmen, Rivero-Calle Irene, Dacosta-Urbieta Ana, Heikkinen Terho, Meijer Adam, Fischer Thea Kølsen, van den Berge Maarten, Giaquinto Carlo, Abram Michael, Dormitzer Philip, Stoszek Sonia, Gallichan Scott, Rosen Brian, Molero Eva, Machin Nuria, Spadetto Martina, Golubchik Tanya, Pollard Andrew J., 7 okt 2021, In: Nature Communications. 12 , p. 1

Are changes in practice a cause of the rising burden of bronchiolitis for paediatric intensive care units?

Linssen Rosalie S., van Woensel Job B.M., Bont Louis, Recher Morgan, Campbell Harry, Ralston Shawn L., Bem Reinout A. okt 2021, In: The Lancet Respiratory Medicine. 9 , p. 1094-1096 3 p.

Global Respiratory Syncytial Virus-Related Infant Community Deaths

Mazur Natalie I, Löwensteyn Yvette N, Willemsen Joukje E, Gill Christopher J, Forman Leah, Mwananyanda Lawrence M, Blau Dianna M, Breiman Robert F, Madhi Shabir A, Mahtab Sana, Gurley Emily S, El Arifeen Shams, Assefa Nega, Scott J Anthony G, Onyango Dickens, Tippet Barr Beth A, Kotloff Karen L, Sow Samba O, Mandomando Inacio, Ogbuanu Ikechukwu, Jambai Amara, Bassat Quique, Caballero Mauricio T, Polack Fernando P, Omer Saad, Kazi Abdul Momin, Simões Eric A F, Satav Ashish, Bont Louis J, 1 sep 2021, In: Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. 73 , p. S229-S237

Describing global pediatric RSV disease at intensive care units in GAVI-eligible countries using molecular point-of-care diagnostics:the RSV GOLD-III study protocol

Löwensteyn Yvette N, Mazur Natalie I, Nair Harish, Willemsen Joukje E, van Thiel Ghislaine, Bont Louis, 23 aug 2021, In: BMC Infectious Diseases. 21

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