Professor Ludo Hellebrekers has been appointed as Director Central Veterinary Institute (CVI), part of Wageningen UR. He will start working at CVI from 1 June 2015.
Professor Hellebrekers is currently Professor of Veterinary Anaesthesiology at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University. As chair of the Central Committee on Animal Experimentation (CCD) and with his years of experience as president of the Royal Dutch Society of Veterinary Medicine (KNMvD) he has an extensive network in the working field of CVI in the areas of animal diseases, One Health, antibiotic resistance and vaccine development.
The Ministry of Economic Affairs has evaluated the performance by CVI of the statutory tasks for notifiable animal diseases (WOT-BD) during the last 10 years. The conclusions from this evaluation are positive:
- The realisation of the WOT-BD at CVI is effective and efficient. The crisis preparedness, National Reference Laboratory functions and the expertise development are sufficiently guaranteed.
- The performance of the WOT-BD by CVI is of very good quality and sufficiently guaranteed.
- The WOT-BD tasks have been independently realised in the last period but further safeguarding of the system is now desired.
In the new statutory tasks agreement for the period 2015-2019 it therefore has been agreed that the responsibility to execute the statutory tasks and the management of CVI should be separated at the directorate level. As a result of this separation, CVI will obtain a better opportunity to further develop as an applied research institute in collaboration with partners and thereby to strengthen its market position.
- Ludo Hellebrekers will be Director CVI as from 1 June 2015 with the overall responsibility for the institute with the exception of the performance of the statutory tasks programme. He will further expand the organisations activities in the area of contract research and public-private partnership.
The position of Director CVI will be temporarily bridged until 1 June by Menno van Manen.
- Andre Bianchi has been appointed from 1 January 2015 as programme manager responsible for the statutory tasks programme that deals with notifiable animal diseases.
- In collaboration with third parties CVI is working on a maximum utilisation of the upgraded research facilities and the exploitation of its knowledge and expertise.
"The developments over the past years in the area of human and animal health have unmistakably shown that an intensive collaboration between the different 'columns', human and veterinary, is not only profitable but also necessary.
Such an integrated and multidisciplinary approach from the perspective of the One Health concept is the opportunity to jointly make considerable progress," says Ludo Hellebrekers about his motivation to promote an extensive One Health approach.
We look forward to a fruitful collaboration.