The Christiaan Eijkman Medal

Christiaan Eijkman was a Dutch doctor and researcher who investigated tropical diseases during his work in the former Dutch East Indies. He pioneered research on the disease beriberi and demonstrated the importance of vitamins for health, for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1929.

The Eijkman Medal is awarded to honour his work and stimulate research into Global Health. The medal is awarded to researchers who, like Eijkman, carry out innovative and important research in the field of Global Health. Candidates can nominate themselves or be nominated by colleagues.

The candidate:

  • Has made outstanding contributions to research relevant to Global Health. Global Health here encompasses global health issues with a high burden of disease in low- and middle-income countries.
  • Has been awarded a PhD and leads an active research group with a fundamental and/or applied research agenda.
  • Works at a Dutch university or institution or works closely with researchers at Dutch universities or institutions.

NB: Dutch nationality is not a requirement

The nomination consists of the following:

1. Description of the candidate’s significant contribution to the scientific field (Scientific Narrative, max. 500 words). The narrative should be constructed as follows:

  • What knowledge on the candidate’s topic already existed?
  • In what context has the candidate conducted research?
  • What new insights has the researcher added?
  • Why does this make an important contribution to the field? What are the (foreseeable) scientific and/or social consequences?How did the researcher contribute to establishing equitable partnerships?

2. Explain why this researcher is eligible to be awarded the prize (Recommendation Narrative – max. 500 words). This may also include a role outside the direct field of academic research (e.g. in education/capacity building, scientific policy, health policy).

3. CV including overview of:

  • The most important publications of the candidate. This does not require a complete list of publications, but a substantiation of the scientific narrative with a selection of a maximum of 20 publications with complete details (complete list of authors, journal, doi, etc)
  • Their most important (side) positions/memberships etc
  • Their most important scientific lectures. Max 10.
  • Their contribution to knowledge transfer and education
  • A description of the candidate’s research team, partnerships and alumni
  • Any prizes the candidate and/or team members may have received

NB: when assessing CVs, factors such as time since promotion, career breaks, parental leave, etc. will be taken into account.

If you have any questions, please email: Mirjam Bakker