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
The Belgian Survey on Drugs DrugVibes April 1, 2019 Health information illegal drugs, illegal medicine, lifestyle risk factors, cannabis, weed, marijuana, hashish, powder cocaine, coke, crack cocaine, base, ecstasy, XTC, MDMA, amphetamines, speed, heroin, methamphetamines, crystal meth, GHB, GBL, liquid ecstasy, ketamine, LSD, hallucinogens, magic mushrooms, DMT, ayahuasca, alcohol, laughing gas, new psychoactive substances, opioid medication, tranquilizers, stimulant medication
Central Biobank Platform Biobank April 1, 2019 Infectious diseases in humans, Laboratory of medical microbiology (LMM) future scientific research, biobanking, contribution study results, management health problems, public health
Representation of Sciensano to the CBRNe expertise centrum of the National Crisis Centre CBRNe Center February 5, 2019 Platform chromatography and mass spectrometry
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
Determination of pyrrolizidine alkaloid levels in baby products, iced teas, spices, subspecies of oregano and frozen leafy vegetables PASFOODEXTRA January 1, 2019 August 31, 2019 Organic contaminants and additives pyrrolizidine alkaloids, baby food, spice seeds, oregano, UPLC-MS/MS, exposure assessment
Problematic drug use and infectious diseases in Brussels (Belgium) Push January 1, 2019 December 31, 2019 Health information licit and illicit drugs, injecting drug use, monitoring drugs, patterns of use, hepatitis C virus (HCV)
Development of methods for detection of infectious Hepatitis E (HEV) in pork meat products and optimisation of processing practices to reduce infectivity DECHAHEV January 1, 2019 January 1, 2023 Foodborne pathogens, Viral diseases hepatitis E, foodborne infection, pork meat, pig and wild boar food products, molecular methods, infectivity assays, meat processing
Whole Genome Sequencing to streamline tuberculosis (TB) diagnosis, improve TB surveillance and optimise individualised drug resistant TB treatments: a pragmatic multicenter theragnostic trial MysTicTB January 1, 2019 December 31, 2022 Bacterial diseases Mycobacterium Tuberculosis (Mtb), diagnosis, whole genome sequencing, clinical trials
Characterisation and risk evaluation of CBD products on the Belgian market CBD-RISK January 1, 2019 September 30, 2025 Medicines and health products adverse effects and toxicity, drugs, illicit drugs
The BeLgian PREMs And PROMs iNitiatives working group LEARN December 20, 2018 patient reported measures (PRMs), Patient reported experience measures (PREMs), Patient reported outcome measures (PROMs), person-centred care, national initiatives, Belgium, knowledge and experience exchange platform
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
The cost of current versus healthy sustainable diets in Belgium DIETCOST October 1, 2018 Health information cost of diets, food environments, affordability, sustainability, dietary guidelines, ultra-processed food products
Healthy Food Environment Policy Index Food-EPI October 1, 2018 Health information accountability, government, food environments, policy implementation
Safety assessment of feminine intimate products FEMINA October 1, 2018 September 30, 2024 Medicines and health products feminine intimate products, safety assessment, hazardous substances
Evaluation of impact on reformulation and consumer purchases and diets NUTRISCORE October 1, 2018 Health information Front-of-pack labelling, nutriscore, food reformulation
Business Impact Assessment on Obesity and Population Level Nutrition BIA-Obesity October 1, 2018 Health information accountability, food industry, food reformulation, food labelling, food marketing, commitments, performance
Study of the lead and cadmium contamination in big game meat LECAHUNT October 1, 2018 March 31, 2020 Trace elements and nanomaterials lead, cadmium, trace elements, heavy metals, game meat, hunting
Food monitoring system to track the nutritional quality of food products on the Belgian market NUTRITRACK October 1, 2018 Health information nutritional quality, food monitoring, sugar, salt, saturated fat, energy, food supply, food reformulation
Physico-chemical characterisation and exposure analysis of nanoparticles in food additives in the context of risk assessment EFSA-Nano October 1, 2018 September 30, 2020 Trace elements and nanomaterials, Risk and health impact assessment E171, E174, E175, food matrix, image analysis, representative test material, nanoparticles, electron diffraction, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, quantitative electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, high angle annular dark field, scanning transmission electron microscopy, (single particle)-inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry, risk analysis, exposure assessment, market study
Citizens forum on the use of genomic information in health care Burgerforum September 1, 2018 December 1, 2018 Cancer centre
Feasibility of a population-based cohort in Belgium: development of a business case and roadmap Belcohort August 6, 2018 July 31, 2020 Health information population-based cohort, chronic diseases, ageing, lifestyle, health policy, research infrastructure
Bringing a Health Claim to Information: “ Measuring the impact of health data on the health outcomes of European citizens” BAHCI August 1, 2018 July 31, 2020 Epidemiology and public health health information systems, knowledge translation, evidence informed decision-making, evidence-based policy, health system performance, European public health research
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 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
A new global infrastructure for promoting metrology in food and nutrition METROFOOD April 1, 2018 January 4, 2024 Chemical and physical health risks ESFRI, ERIC, metrology, food safety and quality, traceability, authenticity, reference materials, farm to fork
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
CBRN transversal expert group coordination CBRN Coordination February 1, 2018 Foodborne pathogens, Viral diseases, Risk and health impact assessment, Organic contaminants and additives, Platform chromatography and mass spectrometry, Epidemiology of infectious diseases, Biosafety and biotechnology , Transversal activities in applied genomics, Coordination of veterinary activities and veterinary epidemiology, Exotic and vector-borne diseases, Veterinary bacteriology, Crisis Coordination
DNA-debate DNA-debate February 1, 2018 November 1, 2020 Kankercentrum
Promoting One Health in Europe through joint actions on foodborne zoonoses, antimicrobial resistance and emerging microbiological hazards One Health EJP February 1, 2018 December 31, 2022 Strategy external positioning one health, animal health, public health, food safety, cross-sector collaboration, infectious diseases, preparedness
Reduction of Campylobacter in broiler flocks: identification of risk factors, evaluation of increased biosecurity measures and the protective effect of the microbiota of Campylobacter free flocks CAMPREVENT January 15, 2018 January 15, 2021 Foodborne pathogens Campylobacter, broiler, interventions

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