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22 July 2019

Obituary Prof. dr. Johan Willem Mouton

Johan Mouton died in the evening of July 9th, 2019, at the age of 62. Johan was a passionate and inspiring microbiologist who played a leading role in pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics on the international scene. He was a husband, a father, a friend, a colleague, a fellow scientist and to us, a brother in arms. Only once did he give up – on the evening of the 9th of July.

Completing his medical studies he graduated in 1988, and then started his training in Medical Microbiology at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. He completed a PhD in pharmacokinetics and what in those days was a new field of pharmacodynamics (PK/PD). He was soon fascinated by the art of mathematical modeling. In his capacity as a clinical microbiologist he worked in Nijmegen at both the Canisius-Wilhelmina Hospital and Radboud University Medical Centre and in Rotterdam at the Erasmus MC.
To Johan research was a passion and together with fellow scientists he published many articles. He also enjoyed teaching and lecturing and early on became an asset both in national Dutch societies and committees and on the international scene. His role in the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID), and its yearly congress, ECCMID, cannot be overestimated. In the finest ESCMID tradition Johan involved himself in study groups, guidelines writing, summer school and postgraduate courses and he allowed ESCMID and ECCMID to occupy much of his thoughts and his spare time. He was one of the original members of the European Committee of Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing (EUCAST) and shared the success of bringing EUCAST to all European countries and to many outside Europe. He missed only one steering committee meeting between joining in 2002 and 2019 - he could not make the last one, he wanted to, he tried to but could not – he died on the evening of the last day of the 90th committee meeting. But even so, he needed to talk to us on the phone during the meeting. Johan was very important to EUCAST, and EUCAST was very important to Johan.

Our thoughts are with Anouk, Jaap, his parents and relatives.

Johan’s friends and colleagues in ESCMID and EUCAST.

Johan Mouton

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