Bas Dutilh co-author of article “The human gut microbiome and health inequities”

Bas Dutilh has contributed to an article about the influence of microbes such as bacteria, fungi, and viruses that live in the human digestive tract on health inequities. The article was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA (PNAS) on June 22, 2021 (

Individuals who are minoritized as a result of race, sexual identity, gender, or socioeconomic status experience a higher prevalence of many diseases. Understanding the biological processes that cause and maintain these socially driven health inequities is essential for addressing them. Our intestinal flora, also known as the human gut microbiome is strongly shaped by host environmental factors and affects host metabolic, immune, and neuroendocrine functions, making it an important pathway by which differences in experiences caused by social, political, and economic forces could contribute to health inequities. At the same time, most studies that investigate the gut microbiome focus on majority populations, while few include the effects of the microbiome on health and disease in minorities. The authors argue that accounting for host-gut microbe interactions will improve understanding and management of health inequities, and that health policy must begin to consider the microbiome as an important pathway linking environments to population health.

Renske Dutilh zwemt 22 km marathon van Stavoren naar Medemblik

Op zaterdag 17 augustus 2019 klonk om 9.00 uur in Stavoren het startschot voor de 50ste IJsselmeer Zwemmarathon Stavoren-Medemblik. 27 zwemmers waagden zich aan de 22 kilometer lange oversteek van Stavoren naar Medemblik. Bekende deelnemers waren Maarten van der Weijden en Kees Bobeldijk. De jongste deelnemer was Renske Dutilh uit Amsterdam. Renske zwemt al vanaf haar 6e jaar en is direct met openwater wedstrijden begonnen. Twee jaar geleden heeft zij haar eerste 10 km gezwommen, wat ze in 2018 heeft herhaald. Het leek haar leuk om dit jaar “iets verder” te gaan.

Catarina Dutilh Novaes appointed Professorial Fellow at St Andrews

Together with four other philosophers, Catarina Dutilh Novaes has been appointed in June 2019 as Professorial Fellow at St Andrews (UK). Fellows are in residence for six weeks per year, contributing to the research projects at the Centres and contributing to the postgraduate experience.  Initial appointments are for five years. In 2018 Catarina has been contributing to a Conceptual Engineering Seminar at Arché, a philosophical research centre at the University of St Andrews, with a talk “Carnapian Explications

Bas Dutilh amongst most frequently cited scientists

Bas Dutilh is mentioned on a list, published on November 27 2018 by Clarivate Analytics, an American company that offers services (such as Web of Science) for scientific research. The list presents the 1 percent most frequently cited scientists of the past ten years by discipline. Bas is working at the Utrecht University as well as the Radboud University in Nijmegen. More information

Catarina Dutilh Novaes appointed as URC professor

The Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) will appoint Catarina Dutilh Novaes as Professor of Reasoning and Argumentation, and their History at the University Research Chair on 1 January 2019. With this program, the VU recognizes excellent scientists as future leaders in their field. They are selected because of their excellence and potential for the future. Catarina Dutilh Novaes amply meets the standard quality requirements for professors, transcends her colleagues in the same position and has the most potential for rapid development. Find out more.

Bas Dutilh wins NWO Vidi grant

Bas E. Dutilh has received one of this year’s prestigious Vidi grants from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) for his research. The grant consist of 800,000 euros which can be spent to do 5 years of independent research. He will use the money to discover new human gut-associated bacteriophages (viruses that infect bacteria) and investigate their role in structuring the human intestinal flora (also known as the human gut microbiome). The main part of the work will be performed at Utrecht University and Wageningen University, but international scientists on six continents will collaborate in the project. The grant was awarded by the Earth and Life Sciences (ALW) division of NWO after a heavy selection that included a review by anonymous international referees, a rebuttal, and a live interview by a panel of 16 professors from the earth and life sciences. A total of 87 Vidi grants were awarded in 2015, 11 of which within the ALW division. More information.

An article on the application process for ten applicants, including Bas Dutilh, has been published in De Volkskrant of Saturday May 23rd.