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
Determination of propylene glycol levels in foodstuffs and exposure assessment for the Belgian population PROPYLENE GLYCOL DRINKS December 1, 2019 January 22, 2021 Organic contaminants and additives food additives, Propane-1, 2-diol (propylene glycol), E1520, non-alcoholic drinks, exposure assessment
Development of a multi-method for the analysis of additives in foodstuffs MULTIMADD November 16, 2018 January 31, 2021 Organic contaminants and additives food additives, multi class-multi method, banned substances
Research into the dietary exposure of the Belgian Population to Steviol Glycosides Stevia August 1, 2019 January 31, 2021 Organic contaminants and additives sweeteners, steviol glycosides, dietary intake
Support of Theileria vaccine production at the Centre for Ticks and Tick Borne Diseases (CTTBD, Malawi) and development of an in vitro potency method CTTBD-GALVmed March 1, 2018 February 27, 2021 Viral reemerging enzootic and bee diseases East Coast fever, Theileria parva, ticks, in vitro cell cultures, immunohistochemistry
Joint Action on Health Information InfAct – Information for Action March 1, 2018 February 28, 2021 Epidemiology and public health EU health information, health information system, Joint Action, population health, health care system
Comparing vaccines, batch by batch, by performing consistency tests VAC2VAC March 1, 2016 February 28, 2021 Quality of vaccines and blood products research, standardisation, 3R
Belgians debate the COVID-19 vaccination Coronaconsultaties October 15, 2022 March 1, 2021 Kankercentrum COVID-19, focus groups, vaccination, ethics, citizen engagement
Infusion factors for pesticide residues in tea and infusions PESTEAFUSE August 1, 2020 March 31, 2021 Risk and health impact assessment, Organic contaminants and additives pesticides, tea, infusion, transfer factors
Presence of chlorinated paraffins in foodstuffs and intake of the Belgian population PARCLINTA June 1, 2019 May 31, 2021 Risk and health impact assessment, Organic contaminants and additives, Platform chromatography and mass spectrometry, Transversal activities in applied genomics chlorinated paraffins, food analysis, method development
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
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
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
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
Occurrence of tropane alkaloids in foodstuffs and risks for the Belgian consumer TROPAL October 1, 2019 June 30, 2021 Risk and health impact assessment, Organic contaminants and additives tropane alkaloids, LC-MS/MS, exposure assessment, GIS
SARS-CoV-2 prevalence, seroprevalence and seroconversion among healthcare workers in Belgium during the COVID-19 outbreak between April 2020 and April 2021 SARS-CoV-2 HCW March 1, 2020 July 31, 2021 Healthcare-associated infections and antimicrobial resistance COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, seroprevalence, healthcare worker, infection control, public health
VALidation of SARS-CORona Virus-2 assays VALCOR April 1, 2020 September 30, 2021 Cancer centre
Development and implementation of a Belgian platform for the generation and use of “whole genome sequencing” (WGS) data for outbreak investigation, with the for human pathogenic Shiga-toxin producing Escherichia coli (STEC) as case study StEQIDEMIC.be May 1, 2018 December 31, 2021 Foodborne pathogens, Transversal activities in applied genomics NGS, outbreak, food safety, whole genome sequencing, NRL, NRC, STEC, human pathogenic Shiga-toxin producing Escherichia coli, applied genomics, food-borne outbreak, pathogen, isolate, metagenomics, norovirus
Impact of COVID-19 on the Meuse-Rhine Euroregion euPrevent COVID August 1, 2020 December 31, 2021
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
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
Health, Environment and Susceptible Populations HEASP July 1, 2017 December 31, 2021 Risk and health impact assessment mortality, environmental exposure, medical conditions, susceptibility
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
Determination of the predominant (co-)occurrences and single and combined exposures of food additives in the diet of different groups of the Belgian population MULTI_EXP_ADD December 1, 2020 December 31, 2021 Organic contaminants and additives, Risk and health impact assessment food additives, reformulation, multi-method, usage, exposure assessment
Transcriptional Response for Antimicrobial Resistance detection in TB TRACeR-TB October 1, 2019 December 31, 2021 Bacterial diseases Mycobacterium Tuberculosis (Mtb), diagnostics, drug resistance, drug resistance testing, transcriptional response
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
Screening of possible endocrine disrupting chemicals related to food, evaluation of their oestro/androgenic activity and dietary intake assessment for the Belgian population ENDFOODTOX May 2, 2019 January 1, 2022 Organic contaminants and additives, Risk and health impact assessment, Medicines and health products endocrine disruptors, food, toxicology, LC-MS, CALUX, food contact materials
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
Development of a digital PCR method for accurate detection and quantification of SARS-CoV-2 DIGICOVID January 1, 2021 January 1, 2022 Viral diseases, Transversal activities in applied genomics, Viral reemerging enzootic and bee diseases ddPCR, epidemic, COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, wastewater, clinical samples, surveillance
Development of experimental models which aim to better understand the biology of emergent HPAI H5Nx viruses and to improve their detection and control EMERDIA-H5 II January 16, 2019 January 15, 2022 Avian virology and immunology avian influenza virus (AIV), emergent high pathogenic (HP)H5Nx, HPH5 characterisation

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