Profession & Career

ESCMID Panorama

2010 recipient of ISF-ESCMID Sepsis Award

Tom Sprong born 1975 in 's Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands; Internist-infectious diseases specialist at the Department of Medicine, Canisius-Wilhelmina Ziekenhuis, Nijmegen, The Netherlands and Post-doctoral Researcher at the Department of Medicine and Institute for Infection, Inflammation and Immunology, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, in recognition of his excellent abstract submitted for presentation at the 20th ECCMID 2010.

Research Interests
His research interests are host-pathogen and pathogen- host interactions targeting the innate immune system and bacterial infections. For his PhD studies he has been working on meningococcal disease, unraveling the pathogenesis of this disease in multiple different ways: in vitro studies determining cytokine and complement activation by bacteria; in vivo studies, investigating cytokines, complement activation and other markers in patients with infection; and molecular genetic studies. This has led to a cum laude dissertation in 2009. In addition, Tom Sprong has also participated in research on other aspects of infectious diseases (such as malaria, Bartonella infections,
Gram-negative infectious diseases) and immunology (hypogammaglobulinaemia,
Crohn?s disease, rheumatology, inflammatory responses after cardiac surgery and atrial fibrillation). At this moment he is continuing his research on meningococcal disease and developing new research lines in Staphylococcus aureus, Qfever and pneumococcal infections.