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
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 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
Prevalence and Incidence of antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 in children and school staff for one year in Belgium: A seroepidemiological prospective cohort study SeroCoBelChild October 1, 2020 March 31, 2022 Healthcare-associated infections and antimicrobial resistance SARS-CoV-2, antibodies, seroprevalence, school environment, children, school staff, Belgium
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
Analysis of genotoxic flavouring substances in foodstuffs FLAVOURAN January 6, 2020 April 30, 2022 Risk and health impact assessment, Organic contaminants and additives flavouring substances, genotoxicity, SAFE extraction, GC-MS
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
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
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
Measurement Evaluation, Accountability and Leadership Support (MEALS) for NCDs prevention in Ghana and beyond MEALS4NCDs July 1, 2019 June 30, 2022 Health information non-communicable diseases, low-middle income countries, food environments, food marketing, Africa
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
VALidation of SARS-CORona Virus-2 assays (VALCOR) VALCOR April 8, 2020 August 1, 2022 SARS-CoV-2, diagnostic test accuracy, COVID-19, test validation, quality control
The BCCM collections in the genomic era BCCM GEN-ERA March 15, 2020 September 15, 2022 Mycology and aerobiology genomics, microorganisms, genomes, bioinformatics, taxonomy, phylogeny, molecular evolution, biodiversity, big data
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)
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, Trace elements and nanomaterials silver, biocide, face mask, silver nanoparticles, nanoparticles, nanomaterials
Understanding the dynamics and consequences of new psychoactive substances use in a rapidly changing (online) drug market SCANNER October 1, 2020 November 30, 2022 Health information NPS, new psychoactive substances, illicit drugs, drug use, influence legislation, ringtesting, proficiency testing, helplines and drug checking services, civil society organisations, fentanyl hotspots
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
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
National infrastructure for genomic-epidemiologic surveillance of infectious diseases HERA-BE-Incubator-2021 October 1, 2021 December 31, 2022
Knowledge, attitude and practices on mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases in the Belgian adult population KAP-MOSQ August 1, 2022 December 31, 2022 Epidemiology of infectious diseases mosquito, exotic mosquito, tiger mosquito, Aedes albopictus, mosquito-borne disease, KAP survey, knowledge attitude and practices
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
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
Unravelling data for rapid evidence-based response to COVID-19 unCoVer January 1, 2020 December 31, 2022 Health information, Epidemiology of infectious diseases health information system, health surveys, administrative data, data linkage, national health database
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
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
Antiviral medicine for early treatment of COVID-19 in residents during an outbreak in nursing homes ANTICOV-NH January 7, 2022 February 23, 2023 Healthcare-associated infections and antimicrobial resistance
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
Investigating the causes of the high prevalence of fluoroquinolone resistance in broilers FLUPOUL September 1, 2019 March 31, 2023 Transversal activities in applied genomics whole genome sequencing, antimicrobial resistance
Applicability of in silico tools to support the risk assessment of non-evaluated substances migrating from food contact materials RF 21/6349 SILIFOOD October 1, 2021 March 31, 2023 risk assessment, food contact materials, in silico tools, (Q)SAR models, endocrine disruption, VEGA
Exploring the person-centredness of the Investigation to reveal the immune reaction upon COVID-vaccination in the Belgian cancer population: COVID protection and Vaccine safety study REAL-V January 1, 2022 March 31, 2023 Cancer centre patient-centered-care, life change event, clinical trials

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