Joost Wiersinga, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
He received his medical training at the University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands) with additional courses at the Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH, Bethesda, MD). He achieved his PhD on the topic ‘On Toll-like receptors and the innate immune response in sepsis caused by Burkholderia pseudomallei (melioidosis)’, cum laude under the guidance of Professor Tom van der Poll (University of Amsterdam) and Professor Sharon Peacock (University of Oxford); during this period he worked in Thailand at the Wellcome Trust South-East Asia Major Overseas Programme in Bangkok. Previous awards won by him are the O'Callaghan PhD award, the Andreas Bonn medallion and the GSK ICAAC award. At the moment, he divides his time between patient care at the Department of Medicine (sub-specialty Infectious Diseases), teaching and research in the Center for Experimental Molecular Medicine (CEMM) and the Center for Infection and Immunity (CINIMA), all at the Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
He investigates innate immune responses in sepsis, with a special interest in sepsis caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Burkholderia pseudomallei and Salmonella typhi. Recent interests include the role of gut microbiota during severe bacterial infections and optimisation of antibiotic therapy for - among others - cellulitis/erysipelas. He currently steers the European Sepsis Academy grant initiative and the European Melioidosis Network. His work has been published in Nat Rev Microbiol, PLoS Pathog, PLoS Medicine, N Engl J Med and other journals.
Joost Wiersinga will be presented with his award during the ESCMID Young Investigator Awards Session on 13 May 2014 at 11.30-12.30 in Hall E. During the session, he will present his paper: ‘Gut-lung axis: the intestinal microbiota in pneumonia’.