Jan Jelrik Oosterheert

University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands

Jan Jelrik Oosterheert finished his medical study at the Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands, and completed his training as an Internist and Infectious Diseases Specialist in the University Medical Center Utrecht. He performed research on the efficient management of lower respiratory tract infections and was awarded his Ph.D. degree in 2005. His research focus is on the entire clinical spectrum of lower respiratory tract infections including epidemiology, host inflammatory response, and efficient clinical management of lower respiratory tract infections and its causative microorganisms with the ultimate goal to develop more individualized treatment strategies, which may lead to minimization of costs for treatment and a decrease in unnecessary antibiotic use and antibiotic resistance development. In order to make more individualized choices in the management of patients with lower respiratory infections, especially those with severe community-acquired pneumonia, the research group explores host factors that may be important in guiding initial therapy and incorporate previous proven effective strategies in clinical practice. In collaboration with the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, approaches to gain new and improved understanding of the pathophysiology and host responses in severe community-acquired pneumonia are studied.

Biography Updated on 1 November 2012

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