On March 21 before his lecture at the Radboud Grand Round, Joost Hopman surprisedly was honoured by the executive board with the “Radboud Medal for Young Potentials″. It reads :”The Radboud Medal is the highest honor awarded annually to a person who has contributed significantly to the objective of the Radboudumc as top knowledge centre for academic medicine and health.”
Joost Hopman, 39 years old, is a consultant microbiologist and head of the Infection Control Unit of the Radboudumc and the Pantein Hospital Boxmeer. He is strongly committed to improve infection control in the Netherlands and in low/middle income countries.
His main research focus is on the role of the environment as a potential source of microorganisms. He published recently about the contamination of beds and the effect of automated cleaning. He compared settings in both The Netherlands and South Africa. Reducing environmental contamination in low resource settings can strongly contribute to the reduction of hospital associated infections in those settings.
In 2014 and 2015 he has worked on a part-time basis as a IPC consultant for W.H.O. in the Ebola outbreak response. He has worked at W.H.O. headquarters as well as in Sierra Leone. His work at HQ resulted in a co-authorship of several W.H.O. guidelines as well as a W.H.O. teleclass.
Since 2013 he has been lecturing IPC in South Africa at the Stellenbosch University. This resulted in 2015 in the appointment as a senior lecturer in community health at the Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Since 2015 he acts as an IPC advisor for Doctors without borders, with a recent mission in Haiti.
In 2014 he has been asked as a national coordinator of the Dutch Society of Medical Microbiology in the respons to the contaminated heater-cooler units with Mycobacterium chimaera in The Netherlands.
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