Dr Epke de Rütte

Epke de Rutte is a Junior Researcher in Neglected Tropical Disease Modelling in the Department of Public Health at Erasmus MC Rotterdam. Epke has a veterinary background, holding a masters degree in Veterinary Public Health (Utrecht University) and has always been very interested in the transmission dynamics of infectious diseases both on the animal as well as the human interface. She has a particular interest in the role of vector borne and zoonotic infections in the global One Health framework which was fuelled by an 8-month internship at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN and courses at Harvard School of Public Health, appreciating the importance of a multidisciplinary approach towards achieving global health challenges.

Currently Epke is working at Erasmus MC in the Department of Public Health, Infectious Disease Section, where the team try to capture infectious disease transmission dynamics and translate this into mathematical transmission models. She focuses on tropical (zoonotic) diseases like human African trypanosomiasis, visceral leishmaniasis and Chagas’ disease and is developing an individual based simulation model that can be used to estimate the most cost-effective intervention strategy can aid policy makers in the fight against these neglected tropical diseases.

Reaching control or elimination of these diseases in 2020 is the target set by the London Declaration and World Health Organization. Earlier this year Epke's team calculated the great health gains that can be achieved when reaching these targets, emphasizing the importance of all our efforts.

Epke contributes to the work on NTDs and Visceral Leishmaniasis for the Diagnostics Modelling Consortium.

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