Prof. dr. C. Schultsz MD PhD

Main activities
Research, Patient care, Teaching
Medical Microbiology and Global Health
Focus of research

The research focus in on bacterial infections and global health with a specific focus on antimicrobial drug resistance and zoonotic infections. Within the antimicrobial resistance program, research is targeted at zoonotic transmission of antimicrobial resistance of Gram-negative microorganisms, and the development and application of novel tools for antimicrobial resistance surveillance.

Research on zoonotic diseases includes Streptococcus suis infection, an important swine pathogen and the main cause of bacterial meningitis in adults in countries of  the Far East such as Vietnam and Thailand.

The overseas research is carried out in close collaboration with the following institutes:

- Oxford University Clinical Research Unit, Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

- University of Illorin Teaching Hospital, in Illorin, Kwara State, Nigeria

- RS H. Adam Malik Medan-Faculty of Medicine USU; RS Hasan Sadikin Bandung-Faculty of Medicine UNPAD; and Litbankes Institute, Indonesia

Collaborating institutes in the Netherlands include the Central Veterinary Institute, Lelystad and the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht, as well as the Departments of Medical Microbiology of Maastricht UMC and Erasmus MC.


Key publications
  • Arcilla MS, van Hattem JM, Matamoros S, Melles DC, Penders J, de Jong MD, Schultsz C [Contributors: Arcilla MS, Bootsma MCJ, van Genderen PJ, Goorhuis A, Grobusch M, van Hattem JM, de Jong MD, Melles DC, Molhoek N, Lashof AMLO, Penders J, van Rooijen WJM, Schultsz C, Stobberingh EE, Verbrugh HA]] , Dissemination of the mcr-1 colistin resistance gene. LANCET INFECT DIS 2016;16 (2):147-149 [PubMed]
  • Ferrando ML, de Greeff A, van Rooijen WJM, Stockhofe-Zurwieden N, Nielsen J, Wichgers Schreur PJ, Pannekoek Y, Heuvelink A, van der Ende A, Smith H, Schultsz C, Host-pathogen Interaction at the Intestinal Mucosa Correlates With Zoonotic Potential of Streptococcus suis. J INFECT DIS 2015;212 (1):95-105 [PubMed]
  • Hendriks ME, Wit FWNM, Akande TM, Kramer B, Osagbemi GK, Tanovic Z, Gustafsson-Wright E, Brewster LM, Lange JMA, Schultsz C, Effect of Health Insurance and Facility Quality Improvement on Blood Pressure in Adults With Hypertension in Nigeria A Population-Based Study. JAMA INTERN MED 2014;174 (4):555-563 [PubMed]
  • Schultsz C, Bootsma MCJ, Loan HT, Nga TTT, Thao LTP, Thuy TTD, Campbell J, Vien LM, Hoa NT, Hoang NVM, Wit F, Chau NVV, Farrar J, Bonten MJM, Yen LM, Effects of infection control measures on acquisition of five antimicrobial drug-resistant microorganisms in a tetanus intensive care unit in Vietnam. INTENS CARE MED 2013;39 (4):661-671 [PubMed]
  • Schultsz C, Lan NPH, van Dung N, Visser C, Anh TtN, Bay PVB, Hong TTK, Brinke P, Hendriks W, Osinga T, van der Waals F, Botma J, Hien TT, Farrar JJ, van Doorn HR, Chau NVV, de Jong MD, Network building and knowledge exchange with telemicrobiology. LANCET GLOB HEALTH 2014;2 (2):e78 [PubMed]
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Curriculum Vitae

Constance Schultsz has been awarded the NWO ASPASIA premium in 2014. She is an executive board member of the EU COMPARE and PIGSs consortia.

She was appointed Professor of Global Health in particular Emerging Infectious Diseases and Antibiotic resistance in 2016. She is deputy Head of the Department of Global Health of the AMC and Executive Board member of the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development.

Research programmes

Global Health and Medical Microbiology

1. Antimicrobial resistance detection, surveillance and ecology in humans and animals

2. Zoonotic infections caused by Streptococcus suis

3. The impact of community based health insurance interventions on health status and access to care in Sub-Saharan Africa

Prof C. Schultsz is deputy head of the Department of Global Health as of 1 January 2016.

Prof. dr. C. Schultsz MD PhD
Dr. A.H. van 't Hoog MD PhD (AIGHD)

Dr. C.H. van der Ark (AIGHD)
Dr. S.P. Matamoros

PhD Students
S.A. Aderibigbe MD
V.A. Janes MD
J.M. Maina
H.E. Nelissen MSc (Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development)
B.C.L. van der Putten MSc (Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development)
T.J. Roodsant MSc
A.K. Sugianli MD
N. Willemse MSc

Drs. D. Brals (AIGHD)

Other research related activities
  • Membership of editorial board / Editorship, BMC INFECTIOUS DISEASES