Constance Schultsz

Constance Schultsz

  • Executive Board member, AIGHD
  • Professor of Global Health, Department of Global Health, Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam
  • Deputy Head, Department of Global Health, Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam
  • Clinical Microbiologist, Department of Medical Microbiology, Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam

Professor Constance Schultsz is a MD, Medical Microbiologist and Professor of Global Health, in particular for emerging infectious diseases and antibiotic resistance, at the Academic Medical Center (AMC) of the University of Amsterdam (UvA). She was trained as a medical microbiologist at the AMC-UvA where she also obtained her PhD in 1999. She worked as a Research Fellow at the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Diseases Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B) in Dhaka, Bangladesh from 1987–1989 and worked as a consultant microbiologist at the VU University Medical Centre (2000-2003). From 2003 until 2008 she headed the Microbiology department at the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit, Vietnam, at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. In 2008 she joined the AMC again but this time in the departments of Global Health and Medical Microbiology. She was appointed Deputy Head of the Department of Global Health in 2016 and at the same time became an executive board member of the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development (AIGHD).

Her research interests include zoonotic and emerging infectious diseases, in particular Streptococcus suis, and antibiotic resistance. She is interested in the molecular epidemiology and pathogenesis, next generation sequencing applications, smart sampling strategies for antimicrobial resistance surveillance, as well as behavioural and socio-economic drivers of antimicrobial restistance. Schultsz is an executive board member of the EU consortia COMPARE and PIGSs. In addition, she is the coordinator of the EU JPI-AMR consortium HECTOR.

Schultsz has supervised and is currently supervising PhD students in the Netherlands, Vietnam, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Kenya and Nigeria. She has received research grants from the Dutch government as well as from the EU. She was awarded the NWO ASPASIA premium in 2014.

KEY PUBLICATIONS

Import and spread of extended-spectrum β-lactamase-producing Enterobacteriaceae by international travellers (COMBAT study): a prospective, multicentre cohort study.
Arcilla MS, van Hattem JM, Haverkate MR, Bootsma MCJ, van Genderen PJJ, Goorhuis A, Grobusch MP, Lashof AMO, Molhoek N, Schultsz C, Stobberingh EE, Verbrugh HA, de Jong MD, Melles DC, Penders J.
Lancet Infect Dis. 2017 Jan;17(1):78-85. doi: 10.1016/S1473-3099(16)30319-X. Epub 2016 Oct 14.
PMID: 27751772

An emerging zoonotic clone in the Netherlands provides clues to virulence and zoonotic potential of Streptococcus suis.
Willemse N, Howell KJ, Weinert LA, Heuvelink A, Pannekoek Y, Wagenaar JA, Smith HE, van der Ende A, Schultsz C.
Sci Rep. 2016 Jul 6;6:28984. doi: 10.1038/srep28984.
PMID: 27381348

Antimicrobial resistance in uropathogens and appropriateness of empirical treatment: a population-based surveillance study in Indonesia.
Sugianli AK, Ginting F, Kusumawati RL, Pranggono EH, Pasaribu AP, Gronthoud F, Geerlings S, Parwati I, De Jong MD, Van Leth F, Schultsz C.
J Antimicrob Chemother. 2017 May 1;72(5):1469-1477. doi: 10.1093/jac/dkw578.
PMID: 28137940

Effects of infection control measures on acquisition of five antimicrobial drug-resistant microorganisms in a tetanus intensive care unit in Vietnam.
Schultsz C, Bootsma MC, Loan HT, Nga TT, Thao le TP, Thuy TT, Campbell J, Vien le M, Hoa NT, Hoang NV, Wit F, Chau NV, Farrar J, Bonten MJ, Yen LM.
Intensive Care Med. 2013 Apr;39(4):661-71. doi: 10.1007/s00134-012-2771-1. Epub 2013 Jan 10.
PMID: 23306583

Network building and knowledge exchange with telemicrobiology.
Schultsz C, Lan NP, Van Dung N, Visser C, Anh TT, Bay PV, Hong TT, Brinke P, Hendriks W, Osinga T, van der Waals F, Botma J, Hien TT, Farrar JJ, van Doorn HR, Chau NV, de Jong MD.
Lancet Glob Health. 2014 Feb;2(2):e78. doi: 10.1016/S2214-109X(13)70112-8. Epub 2014 Jan 23. No abstract available. Erratum in: Lancet Glob Health. 2014 Apr;2(4):e208.
PMID: 25104663