Projects

Last updated on 11-10-2018 by Pierre Daubresse

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. It illustrates our contribution to healthy all life long.

Acronym Start date End date Service Keywords
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
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
Linking of registers for COVID-19 vaccine surveillance LINK-VACC January 1, 2021 January 31, 2024 Epidemiology of infectious diseases, Healthcare-associated infections and antimicrobial resistance COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, corona virus, vaccine, vaccinale effectiviteit, surveillance
Unravelling the long-term and indirect health impact of the COVID-19 crisis in Belgium HELICON January 1, 2021 June 30, 2025 Lifestyle and chronic diseases , Epidemiology of infectious diseases health inequalities, health economics, delayed healthcare use, socio-demographic resilience, cohort study, excess mortality
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, Enzootic, vector-borne and bee diseases ddPCR, epidemic, COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, wastewater, clinical samples, surveillance
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
Towards the development of a National Health Data Platform AHEAD January 1, 2021 June 30, 2023 Lifestyle and chronic diseases , Cancer centre health information system, health surveys, administrative data, data linkage, national health database
Harmonised indicators for measuring progress toward more sustainable, healthier food systems INFORMAS 2.0 December 1, 2020 October 31, 2024 Lifestyle and chronic diseases non-communicable diseases, food environments, food systems, sustainability
Understanding the dynamics and consequences of new psychoactive substances use in a rapidly changing (online) drug market SCANNER October 1, 2020 November 30, 2022 Lifestyle and chronic diseases NPS, new psychoactive substances, illicit drugs, drug use, influence legislation, ringtesting, proficiency testing, helplines and drug checking services, civil society organisations, fentanyl hotspots
Strengthen the capacity of governments and researchers in the evaluation of public policies on healthy food environments in Francophone West Africa to prevent the triple burden of malnutrition NCDs-WAfrica October 1, 2020 September 30, 2023 Lifestyle and chronic diseases non-communicable diseases, low-middle income countries, food environments, nutrition policy, triple burden of malnutrition
Joint Action on Implementation of Validated Best Practices in Nutrition in Europe Best-ReMaP October 1, 2020 September 30, 2023 Lifestyle and chronic diseases food reformulation, food marketing, Europe, food supply monitoring
COVID-19-Barometer in general practices - version 2.0 COVID-19 BM 2.0 October 1, 2020 March 31, 2021 Health services research COVID-19, surveillance, médecine générale, soins de santé primaire
Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative - Belgium COSI June 1, 2020 Lifestyle and chronic diseases overweight, obesity, monitoring, children
Development and validation of a novel life course microsimulation model linking diet to non-communicable diseases Micro-NCDs April 1, 2020 March 31, 2024 Lifestyle and chronic diseases modelling, non-communicable diseases, diet quality, microsimulation
VALidation of SARS-CORona Virus-2 assays VALCOR April 1, 2020 September 30, 2021 Cancer centre
Context-Specific Interventions for Nutrition-Related Non-Communicable Diseases Prevention in East Africa RECAP April 1, 2020 March 31, 2023 Lifestyle and chronic diseases non-communicable diseases, low-middle income countries, food environments, nutrition policy, food marketing
Monitoring the performance of detection methods for SARS-CoV-2 in clinical samples using sequencing data COVIPRIM April 1, 2020 December 31, 2020 Viral diseases, Quality of laboratories , Transversal activities in applied genomics
Evaluation of the types, efficient use and health risks of application of silver-based biocides to provide antimicrobial properties to face masks applied during the COVID-19 crisis AgMask January 10, 2020 September 30, 2022 Chemical and physical health risks silver, biocide, face mask
Exploring the evolutionary success of the antibiotic resistant Salmonella Kentucky ST198 KENTUCKY January 1, 2020 December 31, 2022 Bacterial diseases antimicrobial resistance, long-read sequencing, plasmid, mobile genetic elements
Full-length sequencing to map and understand drivers and reservoirs of antimicrobial resistance FULL_FORCE January 1, 2020 June 30, 2022 Bacterial diseases antimicrobial resistance, long-read sequencing, plasmid, mobile genetic elements
European regimen accelerator for Tuberculosis ERA4TB January 1, 2020 December 31, 2024 Bacterial diseases tuberculosis, multidrug-resistant TB, drugs, treatment
Monitoring and mitigating environmental health inequalities ELLIS December 24, 2019 December 31, 2023 Lifestyle and chronic diseases , Risk and health impact assessment
Investigation of resistance mechanisms in emerging pathogens with the 'OneHealth' concept as missing link MissingLink December 16, 2019 March 16, 2024 Foodborne pathogens, Mycology and aerobiology antimicrobial resistance, OneHealth, azole-resistance, Aspergillus fumigatus, Klebsiella pneumoniae
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
Co-creative and geographical approaches to tackle socioeconomic disparities in health enhancing lifestyle CIVISANO November 14, 2019 December 31, 2023 Risk and health impact assessment, Lifestyle and chronic diseases health inequalities, co-creation, community based participatory research (CBPR), Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Socioeconomic status, obesity, physical activity, healthy eating, obesogenic environments
Occurrence of tropane alkaloids in foodstuffs and risks for the Belgian consumer TROPAL October 1, 2019 June 30, 2021 Organic contaminants and additives tropane alkaloids, LC-MS/MS, exposure assessment, GIS
Development of innovative methodological approaches for the study of complex samples: application to the analysis of cannabis and derived products CANNAL October 1, 2019 October 1, 2024 Medicines and health products
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
Contribution of excessive weight status to the social impact of non-communicable diseases, multimorbidity and disability in Belgium: past, present, and future WaIST September 1, 2019 December 31, 2023 Lifestyle and chronic diseases Disability-Adjusted Life Years, Health Impact Assessment, Modelling and forecasting, Environmental health determinants, Cardiovascular diseases, Diabetes, cancer, Disability, Multimorbidity

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