Jaap van Dissel

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Jaap van Dissel
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Born29 April 1957  OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.svg (age 64)
Amsterdam   OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.svg
Occupation Professor, university teacher  OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.svg

Jaap Tamino van Dissel (born 29 April 1957) is a Dutch virologist and infectiologist.


Van Dissel is director of the Centrum Infectieziektebestrijding  [ nl ] (CIb) of the Netherlands National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). [1] He is also professor at the Leiden University with specialization Internal Medicine, in particular infectious diseases.


Van Dissel was born on 29 April 1957 in Amsterdam. [2] He obtained his doctorate at Leiden University in 1987 with a thesis titled: "Divergent bactericidal activity of resident and activated macrophages for Salmonella typhimurium and Listeria monocytogenes". He became a professor of internal medicine, in particular infectious diseases, at Leiden University in 2000. [2] In 2013 he succeeded Roel Coutinho  [ nl ] as head of the Centrum Infectieziektebestrijding  [ nl ]. [3]

COVID-19 pandemic

In 2020, Van Dissel gained notoriety as chairman of the Outbreak Management Team (OMT), a nonpartisan committee which is responsible for advising the Third Rutte cabinet regarding suitable measures for the COVID-19 pandemic in the Netherlands. He has received criticism from colleagues and international equivalents, as done by his American equivalent Anthony Fauci after Van Dissel advised against usage of cloth face masks. [4] Van Dissel is sceptic regarding the usage of face masks. [5]

On 6 May 2021 it was announced that van Dissel would received the Academy Medal of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences on 31 May 2021 for his work as scientific advisor during the COVID-19 pandemic. [6]

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  1. "Prof. dr. J.T. (Jaap) van Dissel" (in Dutch). National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). 10 May 2020. Archived from the original on 28 May 2020.
  2. 1 2 "Jaap Tamino van Dissel (Jaap)" (in Dutch). Leiden University. Retrieved 13 July 2020.
  3. "Eigenlijk is het stom toeval dat Jaap van Dissel nu onze voornaamste coronabestrijder is" (in Dutch). Algemeen Dagblad. 28 March 2020. Archived from the original on 28 May 2020.
  4. "Dutch Dr. Fauci Thinks Masks Won't Work. Here's Why". Newsweek.
  5. "Record Dutch COVID-19 cases prompt U-turn on face masks". 30 September 2020.
  6. "Jaap van Dissel to receive Academy Medal". Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. 6 May 2021. Archived from the original on 22 May 2021.