prof. dr. E.A.M. (Elisabeth ) Sanders

prof. dr. E.A.M. (Elisabeth ) Sanders

Full Professor
prof. dr. E.A.M. (Elisabeth ) Sanders



Dr. Prof. Elisabeth AM Sanders (F), born in 1959 is paediatrician and Professor in Pediatric Immunology and Infectious Diseases at the University Medical Center Utrecht in combination with a position as Chief Science Officer (Immunology, Infectiology and Vaccinology) at the Netherlands National Institute for Public Health and Environment (RIVM). She has a H-index of 38 and wrote over 250 peer reviewed manuscripts in international journals . She was head of the clinical department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases of the University Children’s Hospital Utrecht between 2004-2009. Between 2009 -2014 she was director Research and Education of the University Hospital for Children in Utrecht. She has a long standing interest in the clinical effectiveness of vaccines, prevention of respiratory infections and development of microbiome and immunity in children. At present, her research focus is  optimizing current national vaccination programmes for children and elderly, epidemiology and prevention of respiratory tract infections and respiratory microbiome profile development in health and disease.

Since 2010, she is a member of the Health Council for the Ministry of Health. She has participated in many scientific advisory boards for the national Health Council.

Side Activities


2021-   Consultant (geraadpleegd deskundige) National Health Council  on COVID-19 vaccination strategies (gezondheidsraad COVID-19 vaccinatie)

2021-  (co-)Director wetenschappelijk inhoudelijk COVID-19 vaccinatie programma RIVM (naast Hans van Vliet)

2020-   Consultant Outbreak Management Team on SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19

2019 -   Co-initiator of IGJ AIOS Conference (since 2017, twice a year) with the aim of improved interaction between Inspection (IGJ) and doctors in training

2019 -   Member NWO selection Committee VIDI candidates

2019-    Member of Conference Committee National Society for Paediatrics in the Netherlands, NVK

2017-    Member of the International Coalition for Life Course Immunization (CLCI)

2016-    WHO: Member of WHO SAGE working group on pneumococcal vaccines

2016 - 2018      Member of Faculty Masterclasses Vaccinology

2016 -               Observer at the JCVI meetings (3-4 times per year), UK

2010 - 2018      Member of the Health Council

2011 - 2015      National Pediatric Society (NVK); board member scientific committee

2007 - 2015      Member Health Council of the Netherlands; Member of the council group (Beraadgroep) on Infections and Immunity

2013 - 2014      Health Council of the Netherlands; member of the council committee on the national program for FLU vaccination.

2013 - 2014      Health Council of the Netherlands; member of the council committee on the national immunization program (Commission RVP) of the National Health Council.

2005 - 2014      Stichting Afweerstoornissen, SAS, Chair scientific advice committee Patient Society for Immunodeficiency disease. 

2001 - 2013      Board member responsible for the Organization of the scientific meetings of the Interuniversity working party for the Study of Immune deficiencies

2013       Member NWO VENI  selection committee

2013       Member scientific board ISPPD conference India, March 2014

2007 - 2012          KNAW- Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the TerMeulenFonds” –

2012    World Health Organization meeting PneumoCarr March 27-28th in Geneva, March 27/28.

2003 - 2012      Dutch Society of Pediatrics, NVK, member of the selection committee for the Young Investigators Award

2011    Health Council of the Netherlands, member of the council committee on population screening for cervical cancer.

2011     Member scientific committee ESPID conference June 2011

2010     National Health Council Advisory member of the committee on vaccination of newborns against pneumococcal infections

2003 - 2009      Member of the Board of Trustees of the National Vaccine Institute, NVI

2009      National Health Council Advisory member of the committee on vaccination against pandemic Flu.

2004 - 2008     KNAW- Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Member of the scientific Advisory Board of the TerMeulen Fonds –

1997 - 2007     Board member/Treasurer of the Pediatric Immunology Section of the Dutch Society of Pediatrics

2002    Committee for the Ministry of Health, for the National Vaccination Program regarding pneumococcal and Meningococcal C vaccinations, advisory member.

2001    Member Cochrane Collaboration on Pneumococcal Vaccines and Otitis Media

Potential Conflicts of Interest

Besides her function as Professor at the University of Utrecht and position (0.2 Fte) at the Wilhelmina Children’s Hospital, Lieke Sanders has a full-time position at the National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) as Chief Science Officer since December 2014. Since January 2021 she is co-medical director of the COVID-19 vaccination programme at RIVM. She is member of the WHO-SAGE committee on pneumococcal vaccinations, consultant for the national Health Council committee for COVID-19 vaccination (incidenteel geraadpleegd deskundige) without any personal fee or benefit.  

Dr Sanders has no research connections with pharmaceutical or industrial partners since 2014, besides as research partner in IMI-funded studies RESCEU and PROMISE projects with partners GSK, Novavax, Janssen, AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Sanofi. She receives no personal fees or other personal benefits from any collaboration as RIVM partner in these studies or research.

No other conflict of interest to report.

Fellowship and Awards


Research Output (505)

Effectiveness of analgesic ear drops as add-on treatment to oral analgesics in children with acute otitis media:study protocol of the OPTIMA pragmatic randomised controlled trial

de Sévaux Joline L H, Damoiseaux Roger A M J, Hullegie Saskia, Sanders Elisabeth A M, de Wit G Ardine, Zuithoff Nicolaas P A, Yardley Lucy, Anthierens Sibyl, Little Paul, Hay Alastair D, Schilder Anne G M, Venekamp Roderick P 22 Feb 2023, In: BMJ Open. 13 9 p.

Longitudinal Household Assessment of Respiratory Illness in Children and Parents During the COVID-19 Pandemic

de Hoog Marieke L.A., Sluiter-Post Judith G.C., Westerhof Ilse, Fourie Elandri, Heuvelman Valerie D., Boom Trisja T., Euser Sjoerd M., Badoux Paul, Reusken Chantal, Bont Louis J., Sanders Elisabeth A.M., Jaddoe Vincent W.V., Herpers Bjorn L., Eggink Dirk, Wildenbeest Joanne G., Duijts Liesbeth, van Houten Marlies A., Bruijning-Verhagen Patricia C.J.L. 20 Oct 2022, In: JAMA network open. 5

Pneumococcal genetic variability in age-dependent bacterial carriage

Kremer Philip H C, Ferwerda Bart, Bootsma Hester J, Rots Nienke Y, Wijmenga-Monsuur Alienke J, Sanders Elisabeth A M, Trzciński Krzysztof, Wyllie Anne L, Turner Paul, van der Ende Arie, Brouwer Matthijs C, Bentley Stephen D, van de Beek Diederik, Lees John A 26 Jul 2022, In: eLife. 2022 , p. 1-20

High Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) Household Transmission Rates Detected by Dense Saliva Sampling

Kolodziej L M, van Lelyveld S F L, Haverkort M E, Mariman R, Sluiter-Post J G C, Badoux P, de Koff E M, Koole J C D, Miellet W R, Swart A N, Coipan E C, Meijer A, Sanders E A M, Trzciński K, Euser S M, Eggink D, van Houten M A 15 May 2022, In: Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. 75 , p. e10-e19

It Takes Two to Tango:Combining Conventional Culture With Molecular Diagnostics Enhances Accuracy of Streptococcus pneumoniae Detection and Pneumococcal Serogroup/Serotype Determination in Carriage

Miellet Willem R., van Veldhuizen Janieke, Litt David, Mariman Rob, Wijmenga-Monsuur Alienke J., Badoux Paul, Nieuwenhuijsen Tessa, Thombre Rebecca, Mayet Sanaa, Eletu Seyi, Sheppard Carmen, van Houten Marianne Alice, Rots Nynke Y., Miller Elizabeth, Fry Norman K., Sanders Elisabeth A.M., Trzciński Krzysztof 18 Apr 2022, In: Frontiers in Microbiology. 13

Effects of early-life antibiotics on the developing infant gut microbiome and resistome:a randomized trial

Reyman Marta, van Houten Marlies A., Watson Rebecca L., Chu Mei Ling J.N., Arp Kayleigh, de Waal Wouter J., Schiering Irene, Plötz Frans B., Willems Rob J.L., van Schaik Willem, Sanders Elisabeth A.M., Bogaert Debby 16 Feb 2022, In: Nature Communications. 13 , p. 1-12

Salivary antibody responses to ten-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccination following two different immunization schedules in a healthy birth cohort

de Koff Emma M., van Houten Marlies A., de Heij Femke, Berbers Guy A.M., Bogaert Debby, Sanders Elisabeth A.M. 24 Jan 2022, In: Vaccine. 40 , p. 408-413 6 p.

Topical or oral antibiotics for children with acute otitis media presenting with ear discharge:study protocol of a randomised controlled non-inferiority trial

Hullegie Saskia, Venekamp Roderick P, van Dongen Thijs M A, Mulder Sanne, van Schaik Willem, de Wit G Ardine, Hay Alastair D, Little Paul, Moore Michael V, Sanders Elisabeth A M, Bonten Marc J M, Bogaert Debby, Schilder Anne Gm, Damoiseaux Roger A M J 16 Dec 2021, In: BMJ Open. 11

Study protocol of the PIMPI-project, a cohort study on acceptance, tolerability and immunogenicity of second trimester maternal pertussis immunization in relation to term and preterm infants

Immink Maarten M., Bekker Mireille N., de Melker Hester E., Rots Nynke Y., Sanders Elisabeth A.M., van der Maas Nicoline A.T. Dec 2021, In: BMC Infectious Diseases. 21 , p. 1-9

Detection of Neisseria meningitidis in saliva and oropharyngeal samples from college students

Miellet Willem R., Mariman Rob, Pluister Gerlinde, de Jong Lieke J., Grift Ivo, Wijkstra Stijn, van Logchem Elske M., van Veldhuizen Janieke, Immink Marie Monique, Wijmenga-Monsuur Alienke J., Rots Nynke Y., Sanders Elisabeth A.M., Bosch Thijs, Trzciński Krzysztof 30 Nov 2021, In: Scientific Reports. 11 , p. 1-9

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