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Dr. Matthijs S. Berends works as a medical epidemiologist/microbiologist the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) and Certe Foundation. He is an expert on microbial epidemiology and data science. With a background in Medical Biology, Medical Microbiology and Clinical Epidemiology, he wrote his PhD thesis “A New Instrument for Microbial Epidemiology” (DOI 10.33612/diss.177417131) on the development of a novel method for antimicrobial resistance (AMR) data analysis. This publicly available method is being used in 175 countries and was downloaded over 85,000 times. For this achievement, the University of Groningen rewarded him with the Open Research Award in 2021. The preprint about the method was in the ResearchGate top 10 weekly most read preprints ever and is according to Altmetrics in the 97th percentile of most popular research ever measured. It was published in the Journal of Statistical Software (IF 22.1).

Dr. Berends’ research focusses on the possibilities and effects to work with microbiological data in novel ways, especially with regard to AMR, by using predictive modelling and machine learning. Additionally, for his current postdoc position at UMCG department of Primary Care Medicine, he develops machine learning models to predict acute and long COVID in primary care patients.

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A New Instrument for Microbial Epidemiology: Empowering Antimicrobial Resistance Data Analysis

Better antimicrobial resistance data analysis and reporting in less time

Impact of reduced antibiotic treatment duration on antimicrobial resistance in critically ill patients in the randomized controlled SAPS-trial

AMR: An R Package for Working with Antimicrobial Resistance Data

A prospective multicentre screening study on multidrug-resistant organisms in intensive care units in the Dutch-German cross-border region, 2017 to 2018: the importance of healthcare structures

Trends in Occurrence and Phenotypic Resistance of Coagulase-Negative Staphylococci (CoNS) Found in Human Blood in the Northern Netherlands between 2013 and 2019

Better Antimicrobial Resistance Data Analysis & Reporting in Less Time

AMR - An R Package for Working with Antimicrobial Resistance Data

Changing epidemiology of meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in 42 hospitals in the Dutch-German border region, 2012 to 2016: results of the search-and-follow-policy

Epidemioloog, data scientist, data-analist, ... Wat is de rol van een data-expert in het medisch-microbiologisch laboratorium?

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College epidemiologie in Academie

Engeland stopt met alle coronaregels, waarom kan dat niet in Nederland?

Nu 2G niet gaat werken, wordt de roep om het virus ‘los te laten’ luider


Nieuwjaarsreceptie misschien definitief naar de zomer

Met de toenemende coronabesmettingen is een nieuwe fase van ‘varen in de mist’ aangebroken

Nieuwe fase van ‘varen in de mist’ aangebroken met toenemende coronabesmettingen

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