Nicoline van der Maas

Medical advisor vaccinations and screening, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM)

Nicoline van der Maas is a medical doctor, specialized in Public Health and epidemiologist at the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), a position she has held since 2003.

Until 2010, she was leader of the unit that was responsible for the enhanced spontaneous reporting system of adverse events following immunizations. From 2010 till 2021, she worked as an epidemiologist in the “research and surveillance of the National Immunization Programme” unit.

She is specialized in vaccine preventable diseases with focus on pertussis. Furthermore, she is interested in studies regarding safety of vaccinations and immunization of risk groups, e.g. pregnant women and preterm infants.

In June 2018, she defended her PhD, entitled “Vaccine-preventable diseases: evaluation of vaccination programmes and optimization of surveillance.” In July 2018, she finished her training as a medical doctor in Public Health. Thereafter, she works as a medical advisor on vaccinations and screening for 2 days per week. From 2021 onwards, she holds this position fulltime.

She is a (co)author of more than 50 peer-reviewed articles concerning vaccinations and vaccine-preventable diseases.