Initiatives in cohort studies

Last updated on 29-11-2019 by Lieke Vervoort

Fri, 13/09/2019 - 09:00 to 16:00

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You are kindly invited to an international workshop on cohort studies, where we bring together Belgian stakeholders (researchers, administrators and policymakers) and international experts to exchange experiences, know-how, ideas and expertise on the set-up and maintenance of population-based cohorts.

This workshop is part of a study on the feasibility of a population-based cohort in Belgium. In population-based cohort-studies, a large sample of individuals is selected which is representative of the targeted population. These individuals are followed for a defined period in which a variety of variables can be measured. To address the challenges of understanding the determinants of common life-threatening and disabling conditions as well as the determinants of a heathy lifestyle and healthy ageing, large national population-based studies have been set up in several countries. In line with these developments, it is felt that there is also in Belgium a need for a cohort as research infrastructure.


09:00 – 09:30 Coffee/tea/registration

09:30 – 09:40 Welcome PDF icon slides

09:40 – 13:00 Cohort studies and research infrastructures in neighboring countries:

09:40 – 10:20 Lifelines (NL) PDF icon slides

10:20 – 11:00 Swiss National Cohort (CHPDF icon slides

10:00 – 11:30 Break

11:30 – 12:10 Statistics Norway (NO) PDF icon slides

12:10 – 12:50 German National Cohort (DE)

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 Panel discussion Belgian stakeholders: The afternoon sessions and panel discussion will give you insight in the knowledge gaps in and the opportunities for public health research in Belgium.

15:30 – 15:45 Wrap up

15:45 – 17:30 Reception: Don’t miss this unique opportunity to meet the participants and discuss the final conclusions of the workshop.

This event contributes to Sciensano's activities in the field of: 


Room Storck, Sciensano, Ernest Blérot street1
1000 Brussel


Free, but registration is obliged


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Deadline: 9-9-2019
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