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Intra- and interdepartmental collaborations

The department has many collaborations with clinical departments within the Erasmus MC as well as within Health Sciences, based on:

  1. Leading roles within the Erasmus MC in large consortia on observational and experimental studies such as modelling and the evaluation of mass screening, quantifying social inequalities, modelling infectious diseases , and end-of-life decisions. We are the principal investigator at the Prevention and Health Care Quality Academic Centres of Excellence (ACEs). We participate in another 10 ACEs on a variety of topics, including Quantitative Methods, Neuro-inflammation, Stroke, and Infectious Diseases.
  2. Innovative quantitative methods in research, reflected in strong networks on clinical decision methodology, comparative effectiveness analysis, the economic evaluation of clinical interventions, and the measurement of health-related quality of life.
  3. Within Health Sciences, the Generation R childbirth cohort, on inequalities in the structural and behavioural determinants of health, and general practice, often based on methods for repeated measurements among patients with musculoskeletal disorders.


Regional and national collaborations

Regional and national collaborations reflect our research strategy. Important national research consortia evolve around screening evaluation for cancer and cardiovascular diseases, health inequalities, occupational health, youth health care, cancer surveillance, and palliative care. Research projects are conducted with basically all other University Medical Centres. Erasmus’s new Smarter Choices for Better Health Initiative connects strong groups from the Erasmus MC with Erasmus University Rotterdam on the evaluation of policies, programmes, and interventions outside the health care system that impact population health, and on the measurement and evaluation of health inequalities and health equity.

  • CEPHIR is the Academic Workplace for Public Health in the regions of Rotterdam-Rijnmond, Zeeland, and South Holland South. The workplace is a collaboration between the Department of Public Health, the municipality of Rotterdam and the GGD Rotterdam-Rijnmond, GGD Zeeland and GGD Zuid-Holland Zuid. CEPHIR conducts public health research and shares this knowledge with society to support policies for a healthy community. 
  • ST-RAW is the Rotterdam academic workplace for knowledge in the youth aid chain. The academic workplace focuses on joint learning and sharing of knowledge, the development of innovative interventions, methods and instruments and testing whether the approach we choose works. Partners are a.o. Municipality of Rotterdam, IVO Institute for Research into Lifestyles and Addiction, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Yulius Mental health.
  • The Academic Workplace Environment and Health combines knowledge from practice, science and policy and aims to bridge these areas. Within the Academic Workplace questions from municipalities and provinces are answered through research by GGDs in collaboration with universities.

  • G4-USER is the Academic Workplace Public Mental Health Care of the four major cities: Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht and The Hague. G4-USER stands for Urban Social Exclusion Research and the G4 in it stands for the four major cities. Our mission is to make implementing institutions more evidence-based and universities more demand-driven and to be a facilitating factor in this.  

International collaborations

The department leads large international collaborations with high scientific production, that span multiple periods:

  • The International NTD Modelling consortium: the control and elimination of neglected tropical diseases through high-quality quantitative modelling, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
  • The Cancer Intervention and Surveillance Modelling Network (CISNET): a consortium of NCI-sponsored investigators who use statistical modelling to improve our understanding of cancer control interventions.
  • EU-TOPIA: evaluating screening for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer in all European member states, through evaluation, barrier and modelling tools.
  • The International Cancer Screening Network (ICSN): countries, organizations, and experts working towards reducing the global cancer burden through context-specific, evidence-based cancer screening programmes.
  • Ethics of prevention and prediction: an EU project of Female Cancer Prediction Using Cervical Omics to Individualise Screening and Prevention (FORECEE), and the European Prevention of Alzheimer’s Dementia Consortium (EPAD)
  • CENTER-TBI: an EU project on optimizing treatment for traumatic brain injury (TBI). This builds upon several previously successful international projects on TBI, in collaboration with researchers and clinicians worldwide, with strong contribution from several Erasmus MC departments.