Title of the centre:
WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Campylobacter
Director / Head:
Prof. dr. Jaap A. WAGENAAR
Department of Infectious Diseases and Immunology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
University of Utrecht
P.O. Box 80.165
(31-30) 253 4376
(31-30) 253 3199
Date of Designation:
Terms of Reference:
- To develop new techniques and improved tools for Campylobacter isolation, identification and typing accessible to WHO which can be used in applied intervention studies and through fundamental research enabling the development of new techniques and methods
- To support WHO's efforts to build the capacity of Member States to attribute human illness to specific sources by conducting applied research on prevention and intervention strategies to control human campylobacteriosis, and develop tools to estimate the source attribution for human campylobacteriosis.
- To provide reference services for isolation, identification and typing of Campylobacter from a variety of matrices for veterinary, food and public health laboratories that are member of the WHO Global Foodborne Infections Network (GFN) and to provide expertise to WHO about the epidemiological relevance of the results.
- To organize scientific meetings, educational activities, individual and group training on campylobacteriosis in collaboration with WHO, on the development and implementation of prevention and intervention strategies and on antimicrobial resistance (in collaboration with WHO CC for Antimicrobial Resistance in Foodborne Pathogens (DEN-52)).
- To contribute to the technical development of diagnostic and research laboratories in developing countries by providing them information, advise and training on country/region specific prevention and intervention programs as steering committee member institution of the WHO GFN.
- To support studies, programmes and initiatives of WHO-HQ and WHO regional offices in the field of foodborne pathogens and disease.
- Food safety
Types of activity:
- Provision of reference substances and other services
- Coordination of activities carried out by several institutions (e.g. other WHO collaborating centres)
WHO organization wide expected result:
9.5 - Systems for surveillance, prevention and control of zoonotic and non-zoonotic foodborne diseases strengthened; food-hazard monitoring and evaluation programmes established and integrated into existing national surveillance systems, and results disseminated to all key players.
9.6 - Capacity built and support provided to Member States, including their participation in international standard-setting in order to increase their ability to assess risk in the areas of zoonotic and non-zoonotic foodborne diseases and food safety, and to develop and implement national food-control systems, with links to international emergency systems.
+41 22 79 12403
Access to annual progress reports and the current workplan (this is accessible to WHO Staff Members only):
Link to eWork