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
Database of substances known by the Member States of the Council of Europe and used in food contact materials FCM Dbase January 1, 2018 Organic contaminants and additives database, food contact materials, QSAR, legislation, Council of Europe, risk indicator
Development and harmonization of innovative methods for comprehensive analysis of foodborne toxigenic bacteria TOX-detect January 1, 2018 June 30, 2021 bacterial toxins, food-poisoning outbreaks, toxigenic bacteria, Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus cereus, Clostridium perfringens, non-NGS
VALidation of HUman papillomavirus assays and collection DEvices for HPV testing on Self-samples and urine samples VALHUDES December 1, 2017 Cancer centre cervical cancer, diagnostic test accuracy, screening, self-sampling, test validation, valhudes
Investigation of electrohypersensitivity using an exposure protocol co-created with electrohypersensitive people ExpoComm & Envi-EHS November 23, 2017 September 30, 2022 Risk and health impact assessment electromagnetic fields, controlled exposure, electrohypersensitivity (EHS)
Pyrrolizidine alkaloids in herbs and related foodstuffs PASHERBS October 1, 2017 March 31, 2018 Organic contaminants and additives, Health information pyrrolizidine alkaloids, LC-MS/MS, aromatic herbs, prepared dishes, dietary exposure, PASFOOD
Recent data predict an increased risk for virus transmission upon Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) introduction in pigs: study of JEV induced immune responses and evaluation of diagnostic tests JEV-PIG-IMMUNODIA October 1, 2017 June 30, 2021 Viral reemerging enzootic and bee diseases’ Japanese encephalitis virus, flavivirus, mosquito, pig, vector-borne disease, immunology, diagnostics
Local Health Interview Survey LHIS September 25, 2017 Health information survey, health status, lifestyle, medical consumption, prevention
Belgian Genetic Test Database BGTD September 1, 2017 Health services research rare disease, genetic test, website, Orphanet, genetic centre
Integrating VEGA, toxRead, MERLIN-Expo, and ERICA in a platform for risk assessment and substitution of risky substances LIFE-VERMEER September 1, 2017 April 30, 2022 Risk and health impact assessment in silico tools, substitution of chemicals, risk assessment, (Q)SAR models
Human Biomonitoring as an added value of the Health Interview Survey HuBiHIS September 1, 2017 December 31, 2021 Risk and health impact assessment, Health information air pollution, surrounding greenness, Health behaviour, black carbon, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon, biological ageing, biomarkers
Belgian Roadmap for an Effective and Appropriate use of high-throughput technologies for response and preparedness in Different likelY scenarios of communicable disease threats .Be READY August 1, 2017 July 31, 2022 Transversal activities in applied genomics, Viral diseases, Foodborne pathogens one health, whole genome sequencing, mass spectrometry, bioinformatics, pathogens, public health
Nature impact on mental health distribution NAMED July 1, 2017 June 30, 2021 Risk and health impact assessment mental health, (non-)built environment, air pollution, health interview survey, geographical information system, Brussels-Capital Region
Belgian Bioelectromagnetics Group (2017-2021) BBEMG July 1, 2017 June 30, 2021 Risk and health impact assessment electromagnetic fields, Alzheimer’s disease, genetic effects, project coordination, BBEMG
Health, Environment and Susceptible Populations HEASP July 1, 2017 December 31, 2021 Risk and health impact assessment mortality, environmental exposure, medical conditions, susceptibility
Development and application of next-generation sequencing (NGS) and metagenomics to improve influenza surveillance and pandemic preparedness in Belgium NGS Influenza June 1, 2017 December 31, 2021 Viral diseases, Epidemiology of infectious diseases, Transversal activities in applied genomics influenza virus, respiratory viruses, NGS, WGS, sequencing
Characterisation of antimicrobial resistance in bacteria, including plasmids, through the development of a generic NGS-based workflow and adapted databases AMRSeq June 1, 2017 May 31, 2021 Transversal activities in applied genomics NGS, AMR, antimicrobial resistance, plasmid, sequencing, MinION, third generation sequencing, hybrid assembly, database, food isolate, human isolate, GMM
Belgian Health Status Project HSR June 1, 2017 December 31, 2023 Health information health determinants, health in Belgium, health status, monitoring, population health
European programme for the establishment of validated procedures for the detection and identification of biological toxins EuroBioTox June 1, 2017 May 31, 2022 Foodborne pathogens, Organic contaminants and additives detection identification and authentication, Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) protection, biological toxins, standardisation, proficiency testing, certified reference materials, animal replacement methods
A liquid bead array system for the rapid genetic screening of antimicrobial resistance determinants: development and valorization in the « one-health » perspective AMR-ARRAY June 1, 2017 October 31, 2019 Foodborne pathogens, Bacterial diseases, Veterinary bacteriology
Monitoring of Laboratory-Acquired Infections LAI May 15, 2017 January 31, 2018 Biosafety and biotechnology laboratory-acquired infections, LAI, monitoring, biosafety, legislation
An online tool to collect New Approach Methodologies (NAMs) in one central database RE-Place April 18, 2017 April 30, 2024 Risk and health impact assessment 3R, replacement, alternative methods, in vitro, in silico, in chemico, new technologies
Method validation: comparison of size distribution of iron oxyhydroxide nanoparticle analysis between Flow Field Flow Fractionation, single particle ICP-MS and Electron Microscopy NIROVAL February 1, 2017 January 31, 2018 Trace elements and nanomaterials nanomaterials, validation, flow field flow fraction, single particle ICPMS, electronic microscopy
Monitoring of possible health effects of living in the vicinity of nuclear sites in Belgium: childhood leukemia incidence NUCABEL 2B January 9, 2017 June 30, 2020 Risk and health impact assessment
Monitoring of possible health effects of living in the vicinity of nuclear sites in Belgium: thyroid cancer incidence NUCABEL 2A January 9, 2017 June 30, 2020 Risk and health impact assessment nuclear sites, incidence, childhood leukemia, thyroid cancer
Health Examination Survey HES January 1, 2017 December 31, 2019 Health information health examination, survey, clinical measurement, laboratory analysis, representative sample
Linkage of Health Interview Survey Data with Health Insurance Data HISLink January 1, 2017 Health information health interview survey, health insurance, data linkage, use of health care, health care expenditure
Optimisation of virological and serological diagnosis as part of avian influenza monitoring in preparation for the emergence of new highly pathogenic (HP) viruses EMERDIAH5 January 1, 2017 December 31, 2017 Avian virology and immunology, Veterinary bacteriology avian influenza, differential diagnosis, surveillance, Luminex, ELISA
Development of a next-generation dual-target rabies/flavivirus plasmid-launched live-attenuated vaccine Rabyd-Vax January 1, 2017 December 31, 2020 Viral diseases, Immune response rabies, yellow fever, vaccine, plasmid, vector
National Reference Laboratory for Trace Elements in food and feed, for Nanomaterials and for Food Contact Materials NRL-TE; NRL-NANO; NRL-FCM January 1, 2017 Trace elements and nanomaterials metals, trace elements, migration, food contact materials, nanomaterials
European Joint Action of Frailty ADVANTAGE January 1, 2017 December 31, 2019 Health information frailty, older population, European Union, vulnerability, aging

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