Franciscus G. J. Cobelens

(Principal Investigator), Prof. MD MSc PhD

1990 …2022

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Research interests

Epidemiology and control of poverty-related infectious diseases, in particular tuberculosis.

My scientific interest is in infectious diseases in resource-poor populations, specifically in multi-, inter- and transdisciplinary approaches to problems at the interface of their biomedical aspects, their socioeconomic context and control policy. I combine classical epidemiology with operational research and cost-effectiveness modeling.

My recent work focuses on tuberculosis and includes TB diagnostics, prediction of TB disease, TB vaccines and evaluation of novel interventions for TB control. My work strongly links to global policy, among others through participation in several WHO expert panels and advisory boards.


Global Health, infectious disease epidemiology, tuberculosis, diagnostics, vaccines, evaluation of complex interventions

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Amsterdam

Award Date: 2 Feb 2002

Master, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Award Date: 10 Sep 1996

Master, University of Amsterdam

Award Date: 15 Jul 1987

External positions

Chair, Executive Board, Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development

1 Jan 2016 → …


  • RZ Other systems of medicine
  • Health in resource-poor settings
  • RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine


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