Education and experience:
Tom Jacobs works as a policy officer at the WHO Collaborating Centre for Pharmaceutical Policy and Regulation in Utrecht. He obtained his Master degree in Pharmacy at the Utrecht University in 2018. During his Master program, he conducted a 6 month research internship at the WHO Collaborating Centre for Advocacy and Training in Pharmacovigilance in Accra, Ghana. His thesis was titled: “The contribution of Ghanaian patients to the reporting of adverse drug reactions: a quantitative and qualitative study”. Mainly because of this internship, he developed a special interest in global pharmaceutical policy and research regarding antimicrobial resistance and access to medicines. Tom also works as a project officer at the Utrecht Centre of Affordable Biotherapeutics (UCAB).
Tom works on a project about the impact of law enforcement activities prohibiting the over-the-counter sales of antibiotics, commissioned by the WHO European Centre for Primary Health Care. Additionally, he assists in organising the yearly winter meeting and the three summer courses of the faculty of pharmaceutical science (Pharmaceutical Policy Analysis (organised in collaboration with WHO), Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety, Pharmacoeconomics) at Utrecht Summer School.