"Wastewater as a data source" - Dutch microbiologist Medema recognised for Covid-19 work


“Dutch microbiologist, professor Gertjan Medema, has been awarded the prestigious Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize 2024 for his work on virus detection in wastewater during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Wastewater epidemiology РThe award recognises Professor Medema’s work in water quality and health during the Covid-19 pandemic. With his team he recognised the need for early detection and monitoring of wastewater samples to test for the virus. His methods allowed detection within communities before they were officially reported through clinical testing.
The work was immediately influential, with his first publication on virus detection in wastewater being cited more than 1400 times and with more than 34000 views between 2020 and 2023, and established water-based epidemiology as a tool for public health surveillance.”

(Citation: “Wastewater as a data source” – Dutch microbiologist Medema recognised for COVID-19 work – (2024)30 April)

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