Projects

Last updated on 16-2-2023 by Lieke Vervoort

Our research projects illustrate the important role science and research plays at Sciensano. You can explore how science is conducted and the many types of science performed at Sciensano. You can find out about our partnerships and how Sciensano invests in research. You can also access reports and publications related to Sciensano’s scientific activities and discover the faces and places that make science happen at Sciensano. 

Acronym Start date End date Service Keywords
Salmonella biofilm formation in chronic carrier pigs: impact on gut colonization & antibiotic tolerance; functional diagnostics; and potential as target for non-antibiotic therapy SalmiPIG July 1, 2021 June 30, 2025 Transversal activities in applied genomics biofilm, salmonella, genetic marker, pig, pork, whole genome sequencing, bioinformatics, variant analysis
Belgian Bioelectromagnetics Group BBEMG July 1, 2021 June 30, 2025 Risk and health impact assessment electromagnetic fields, 50 Hz magnetic fields, genetic effects, literature review, risk perception
Exposure assessment of perfluoroalkyl substances as follow-up on the concerns raised in the recent draft opinion of EFSA FLUOREX June 1, 2021 November 30, 2023 Chemical and physical health risks, Organic contaminants and additives Perfluoroalkyl substances, food, human exposure
Joint action to strengthen preparedness and response to biological and chemical terror attack JA TERROR May 1, 2021 April 30, 2024 Medicines and health products, Risk and health impact assessment, Platform chromatography and mass spectrometry, Health information, Epidemiology of infectious diseases, Biosafety and biotechnology , Transversal activities in applied genomics preparedness, terrorism, biological incident, chemical incident, cross-sector collaboration, European Union, Joint Action
Risk evaluation of irrigation of lettuce, carrots and strawberries with water contaminated with microcystine CYANTIR May 1, 2021 April 30, 2023 Organic contaminants and additives microcystin, food safety, LC-MS, cyanotoxins
Identification, physicochemical characterisation and estimation of release of titanium dioxide particles from face masks applied during the COVID-19 crisis in view of risk analysis TiO2Mask May 1, 2021 September 30, 2023 Trace elements and nanomaterials, Risk and health impact assessment face masks, titanium dioxide, TiO2, nanoparticles
Long COVID and its physical, mental and social implications COVIMPACT April 29, 2021 April 29, 2023 Health information, Epidemiology of infectious diseases COVID-19, long COVID, physical health, mental health, social health
3-dimensional chromatographic approaches for screening of regulated plants in plant food supplements 3D-herbs + PF-Fraud April 2, 2021 April 1, 2025 Medicines and health products Herbal adulteration of plant food supplements, chromatographic fingerprinting, data analysis
3-dimensional chromatographic approaches for screening of regulated plants in plant food supplements 3D-herbs April 2, 2021 April 1, 2025 Medicines and health products Herbal adulteration of plant food supplements, chromatographic fingerprinting, data analysis
Responding to outbreaks through co-creative inclusive equality strategies and collaboration RESISTIRÉ April 1, 2021 September 30, 2023 COVID-19, gender, social inequalities, Europe
An innovative analytical platform to investigate the effect and toxicity of micro and nanoplastics (MNPs) combined with environmental contaminants on the risk of allergic disease in pre-clinical and clinical studies IMPTOX April 1, 2021 March 30, 2025 Risk and health impact assessment microplastic, nanoplastic, human exposure, allergic disease, toxicity
Use of New Approach Methodologies (NAMs) for the hazard assessment of nanofibres Nanocellup March 2, 2021 March 1, 2023 Trace elements and nanomaterials Nanocellulose, transmission electron microscopy, alternative methods to evaluate toxicity
Sequencing of SARS-CoV-2 viruses detected in the context of ILI, SARI and other COVID-19 laboratory surveillance and surveillance studies SEQ-COVID-19-LABSURV March 1, 2021 December 31, 2023 SARS-CoV-2, genomic surveillance, SARI surveillance, NGS, NRC, respiratory infection, coronavirus
African Swine Fever pathogenesis and immune responses in Resistant and Susceptible Hosts ASF-RASH March 1, 2021 November 8, 2023 Viral reemerging enzootic and bee diseases african swine fever, immune system
HealthyCloud HealthyCloud March 1, 2021 August 30, 2023 Health information, Cancer centre health information system, Research, cloud, data linkages, cross-border data sharing, health related sectors, supercomputing, innovation, networks, expertise, cancer
Global Burden of Animal Diseases GBADs February 4, 2021 December 31, 2022 Health information aquaculture, burden of disease, economics, foodborne disease, livestock, one health, zoonotic disease
Intake of free glutamate FREEGLUTAMATE February 1, 2021 January 31, 2023 Medicines and health products, Risk and health impact assessment, Organic contaminants and additives food additives, free glutamate
Monitoring of the whole genome sequencing (WGS) data of SARS-CoV-2 genomes to identify variants and their impact on detection methods COVIPRIM_VAR2 February 1, 2021 December 31, 2021 Quality of laboratories , Transversal activities in applied genomics NGS, computational biology, bioinformatics, mutations, variants, database, disease outbreaks, performance evaluation, SARS-CoV-2, COVID-19, qPCR, disease transmission
Impacts of nitrogen deposition in the natural environment on pollen allergy and respiratory infection outcomes in Belgium NITROPOL-BE January 15, 2021 April 15, 2025 pollution, nitrogen, pollen, aeroallergens, pollen allergy, allergen potency
Development of a digital PCR method for accurate detection and quantification of SARS-CoV-2 and its variants DIGICOVID_VAR January 1, 2021 January 1, 2022 Foodborne pathogens, Viral diseases, Transversal activities in applied genomics ddPCR, epidemic, COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, wastewater, clinical samples, variants, surveillance
Study on the prevalence of antibodies against the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) in the Belgian population SalivaHIS January 1, 2021 June 30, 2022 Viral diseases, Immune response, Laboratory of medical microbiology (LMM), Health information, Epidemiology of infectious diseases
Towards the development of a National Health Data Platform AHEAD January 1, 2021 June 30, 2023 Health information, Cancer centre health information system, health surveys, administrative data, data linkage, national health database
Unravelling the long-term and indirect health impact of the COVID-19 crisis in Belgium HELICON January 1, 2021 June 30, 2025 Health information, Epidemiology of infectious diseases health inequalities, health economics, delayed healthcare use, socio-demographic resilience, cohort study, excess mortality
Linking of registers for COVID-19 vaccine surveillance LINK-VACC January 1, 2021 January 31, 2024 Epidemiology of infectious diseases COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, corona virus, vaccine, vaccinale effectiviteit, surveillance
Address and reduce drug use of persons in prison and those recently released through data analysis and intervention programs PRS20 January 1, 2021 June 30, 2023 Health information licit and illicit drugs, drug use, monitoring drugs, patterns of use
Development and evaluation of approaches for detection of organisms modified by new genome editing techniques GENEDIT - RF20/6342 January 1, 2021 December 31, 2023 gene-edited organisms, GMO, Detection, food safety, traceability
National reference laboratory for pesticides NRL lot1 Pesticiden January 1, 2021 December 31, 2024 Organic contaminants and additives pesticides, national reference laboratory
Development of a method to assess the diversity of SARS-CoV-2 circulating strains in Belgium COVIDDIVER January 1, 2021 January 1, 2022 Viral diseases, Cancer centre , Transversal activities in applied genomics ddPCR, epidemic, COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, wastewater, clinical samples
National Reference Laboratory for Food Contact Materials NRL-FCM January 1, 2021 December 31, 2024 Trace elements and nanomaterials, Organic contaminants and additives food contact materials, national reference laboratory, method development and validation, support Belgian laboratories
National reference laboratory for environmental and process contaminants NRL lot3 Contaminanten January 1, 2021 December 31, 2024 Organic contaminants and additives contaminants, national reference laboratory

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