2022 Symposium on Infectious Diseases

Last updated on 16-5-2022 by Cassandre Dugailliez

Thu, 19/05/2022 - 09:00 to 16:00

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Sciensano organises each year a scientific seminar about infectious diseases. The focus of this event is on surveillance, prevention, treatment and epidemics’ management.

Have a look at the PDF icon abstractbook_-_symposium_infectious_diseases_2022.pdf.


08:30 Registration with walking breakfast & visit of stands

Session 1 | Chairs: Boudewijn Catry (Sciensano) & Denis Pierard (VUB)

09:15 Welcome address

09:30 A look at some useful antibiotics currently not available/recently approved for use in Belgium |Rakan Nasreddine (ULB) & Hugues Malonne (FAGG/AFMPS)

10:00 Bigger and better? Impact of clinical laboratory consolidation on infectious diseases surveillance in the future |Olivier Vandenberg (LHUB-ULB)

10:25 Trends of influenza virus and other respiratory viruses during covid pandemic |Nathalie Bossuyt (Sciensano)

10:45 Update on PrEP in Belgium | Jessika Deblonde (Sciensano)

11:10-11:40 Coffee break & visit of stands

Session 2 | Chairs: Emmanuel André (UZ Leuven) & Steven Van Gucht (Sciensano)

11:40 COVID-19 vaccine surveillance in Belgium: the LINK-VACC project | Joris Van Loenhout (Sciensano)

12:05 Lesson’s learned from covid comissariat | Pedro Facon (covid commissariat)

12:30 Waste water surveillance for covid and future application | Marie Lesenfants & Raphaël Janssens (Sciensano)

13:00-14:10 Lunch

Session 3 | Chairs: Pierette Melin (ULiège) & Naïma Hammami (Agentschap Zorg and Gezondheid)

14:10 Investigation of an internation Outbreak of Monophasic Salmonella Typhimurium associated with Chocolate Products, April 2022 | Dieter Van Cauteren (Sciensano)

14:25 Outbreaks and lessons learned: following the floods in Wallonia |Tiffany Dierinck (AVIQ)

14:50 Past, present and future of anti-pneumococcal vaccines | Sophie Blumental (ULB)

15:15 The meaning of self-testing | Elizaveta Padalko (UZ Gent) 

15:35 Drug resistant Shigella sonnei infections in MSM |Pieter-Jan Ceyssens (Sciensano)

15:45 Closing address and end of seminar


Please register before May 9th 2022, using the Dutch or the French form.

Previous events

2021 Symposium on Infectious Diseases

2019 Symposium on Infectious Diseases

2018 Symposium on Infectious Diseases


place du musée
auditorium 490
1000 Brussels


€ 70 (half day without lunch) | € 90 (all day + lunch) | € 30 (online)


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