2023 Symposium on Infectious Diseases

Last updated on 15-3-2023 by Cassandre Dugailliez

Thu, 11/05/2023 - 09:00 to 16:00

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Sciensano organises each year a scientific seminar about “Diagnostic and surveillance of infectious diseases”.

The seminar provides an up-to-date overview of various topics concerning infectious diseases such as surveillance, prevention, treatment and management of epidemics, at national and international level. It is aimed at any healthcare provider with an interest in infectious diseases: microbiologists, infectious disease specialists, hygienists, laboratory technicians, epidemiologists, public health personnel …

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More info ? Please contact ssid@sciensano.be (02/642.57.37).


08:30 Registration with walking breakfast & visit of stands

Session 1 | Chairs: Steven Callens (UGent) & Benoit Kabamba (UCLouvain)

09:00 Welcome address

09:15 Current knowledge on monkeypox, laboratory tests, probable animal reservoir (C. Martin, Saint Pierre Brussels)

09:45 Monkeypox : lessons learned from field workers (S. Vandeneynde, Sensoa)

10:15 Polio : historical perspectives and update of epidemiological situation (M. Van Ranst, KULeuven)

10:40 Investigation into cases of hepatitis of unknown aetiology among young children (E. Thomson, university of Glasgow)

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

Session 2 | Chairs: Emmanuel André (UZ Leuven) & Greet Ieven (Sciensano)

11:40 Update covid-19 vaccination (I. Leroux-Roels, UGent)

12:05 Helicon project — social inequalities in COVID-related health outcomes (L. Van den Borre, Sciensano)

12:35 Impact of covid-19 on healthcare associated infections (B. Catry, Sciensano)

13:00-14:10 Lunch

Session 3 | Chairs: Thomas Demuyser (UZBrussel) & Tinne Lernout (Sciensano)

14:10 Best poster presentation 

14:20 General impact of climate change on infectious diseases (E. Vanuytrecht, European Environment Agency)

14:45 Surveillance of exotic mosquitoes in Belgium (M. Hermy, Sciensano & W. Van Bortel, ITG)

15:10 Zoonotic potential of the circulating highly pathogenic H5 avian influenza viruses (M. Steensels, Sciensano)

15:35 Increase of invasive group A streptococcal infections (Speaker to be confirmed)

15:45 Closing address and end of seminar

Previous events

2022 Symposium on Infectious Diseases

2021 Symposium on Infectious Diseases

2019 Symposium on Infectious Diseases

2018 Symposium on Infectious Diseases


Rue de la Régence 3
Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts
1000 Bruxelles


€ 90 (all day + lunch) | € 30 (online)


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