In order to contribute to the diagnosis and monitoring of infections caused by mycobacteria, Sciensano:
- provides diagnosis of tuberculosis and human mycobacteria
- provides diagnosis of bovine tuberculosis on cattle farms
- studies immune defense mechanisms and devises new vaccines and treatments
- studies the mechanisms of resistance to antibiotics
The diagnosis of tuberculosis and human mycobacterioses (National Reference Center for Mycobacterium. (human))
In Belgium, Sciensano houses the National Reference Center for the diagnosis of tuberculosis and human mycobacterioses.
Analyzing bovine tuberculosis (National Reference Laboratory for bovine tuberculosis (animal))
The Belgian National Reference Laboratory for bovine tuberculosis is also part of Sciensano.
Studying the immune defense mechanisms
Sciensano’s Immune Response department, in collaboration with various laboratories at international level (TBVI), conducts research in order to better understand the immune system’s response to infections/the infection and devises new vaccines or improves the efficacy of existing vaccines.
Studying the resistance mechanisms developed by bacteria
With its Resistance to Antibioticsunit, Sciensano contributes to research on the mechanisms developed by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis to resist the action of antibiotics. This better understanding of the resistance mechanisms makes it possible to develop new, more effective drugs.