Marc Sprenger to Head the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control

Marc Sprenger(April 29, 2010) The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control has been appointed Marc Sprenger to become its new director as of May 1, 2010. Dr. Sprenger is currently director-general (CEO) of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) in Bilthoven, the Netherlands.

Dr. Sprenger graduated in medicine from the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands in 1988 and completed his PhD studies in influenza at Erasmus University. In 1993 he became a specialist in medical microbiology. 

Between 1991 and 1993, Sprenger was director of the WHO National Influenza Centre, established at the Department  of Virology of Erasmus University in Rotterdam. In 1993 became head of RIVM’s Centre of Infectious Diseases (CIE). He played a major role in the Infectious Diseases Information System (ISIS) set up by the CIE and was editor-in-chief of the Dutch-language Infectious Diseases Epidemiology Bulletin. He also founded the European Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance System (EARSS) and was director of health care of the National Board of Health-Care Insurance from 1999-2003. In 2003 he returned to RIVM as director general. He was elected as chair of the management board of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) in September 2004. 

Dr. Sprenger has served on the Executive Board of IANPHI since 2008, advising and serving as a co-author of IANPHI's  framework for public health institutes. While he has resigned from the IANPHI board, he plans to continue playing an active role in IANPHI. 

During his tenure on the EB, RIVM hosted IANPHI’s Third Annual Meeting in Bilthoven. “IANPHI is most grateful for the time and effort Dr. Sprenger has given to IANPHI,” says Courtenay Dusenbury, director of the U.S. Secretariat of IANPHI. “We are especially appreciative of the gracious welcome he and his wife, Myriam, gave to us at our annual meeting in Bilthoven, including inviting more than 40 of our members to their home. We wish Dr. Sprenger well in his new position with ECDC which is fortunate to have his expertise and knowledge to guide them in their future efforts.” 

Read more about Dr. Sprenger at the ECDC website