Immunity for Health 2018

Immunity for Health

On October 11th 2018 Flanders Vaccine is happy to host its third edition of “Immunity for Health”: the Flanders Vaccine annual flagship event where all stakeholders, both from the human and animal health sector, working in the field of immunology, vaccinology, immune-oncology and infectious diseases are invited to meet, interact and start collaborations.

The theme of this year’s edition is “Preventive Health Care“. We are honoured to welcome some renowned experts in the field and are looking forward to be inspired by their talks!

Venue: Park Inn Hotel, Martelarenlaan 36, 3010 Leuven, Belgium (< 5 minutes walking from the train station)

Rooms can be booked directly with the hotel (email: Park Inn Hotel, Tel: +32 (0)16 61 66 00). Please indicate that your booking is related to the event Immunity for Health. Room costs are not covered by the event.

This event is supported by our strategic partners:               

This event is supported by sponsorship from:

MSD Belgium (Platinum Sponsor)                    VIB (Platinum Sponsor)  

Viroclinics (Gold Sponsor)                                           SGS (Event Sponsor)          


08:30 REGISTRATION and welcome coffee


09:30 OPENING KEYNOTE I :  topic “How can vaccines and immunotherapeutics support preventive healthcare – Preventing infections, preventing the spread of resistance”
Wolfgang Philipp, Head of Unit Crisis Management and Preparedness in Health, DG SANTE, European Commission


       Part I: Clinical Trials Track – Preventive healthcare in Belgium

10:00 KEYNOTE II :  topic “ Preventive healthcare policy: How can we stimulate participation in clinical trials”
Diane Kleinermans, Advisor of Ministry of Social Affairs and Public Health


11:00 Talk IQuarantine vaccine study to assess safety, immunogenicity and shedding of novel polio vaccines
Pierre Van Damme, Professor and head of Vaccine & Infectious Disease Institute, Antwerp University / vice-dean Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Antwerp University / vice-chairman of the board of Flanders Vaccine

11:20 Talk II: topic “Strengths of the Flemish Vaccination Programme”
Geert Top, MD Vaccination Programme Manager, Flemish Agency for Care and Health  & Corinne Vandermeulen, Professor KU Leuven and member of the board of Flanders Vaccine

11:40 Pitch session

12:20 LUNCH


       Part II: R&D Track – Preventive healthcare for sustainable use of antibiotics
       Chair: SGS (event sponsorship)

13:25 Introduction by SGS

13:30 KEYNOTE III: Antibiotic resistance in human and veterinary medicine: critical molecules and bacteria and how (novel) vaccines can help
Eric CoxProfessor of Immunology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University & Fabiana Dal Pozzo, Coordinator of AMCRA

14:00 Talk III: Modulating the immune system to enable the sustainable use of antibiotics”
Adam Cunningham, Professor of Functional Immunity, University of Birmingham, Co-director of BactiVac, UK

14:30 Pitch session

15:00 Talk IV: topic “Update on the pig model for vaccine R&D (One Health)
Hugo Van Heuverswyn, CEO Biomaric, track lead R&D, Flanders Vaccine

15:15 Talk V: Launch of a digital adjuvant to boost innovation and expand the Flanders Vaccine network
Arne Smolders, CEO AcademicLabs



        Part III: Track Regional and International visibility – Preventive healthcare beyond the borders

 16:00 Talk V: topicCentre d’Investigation Clinique Cochin Pasteur: Concept and achievements
Odile Launay, Head coordinator of the Cochin-Pasteur Clinical Research Centre, Paris, France

16:20 Talk VI: topic “Collaboration Immuno Valley”
speaker to be confirmed, Immuno Valley


         17:10 MOOC: Vaccines: from smallpox to technologies of the future
        Lotte Coelmont, Innovation Manager (IOF), KU Leuven, Laboratory of Virology and chemotherapy (Rega Institute)


         17:30 Networking reception


REGISTRATION – Deadline 27 September 2018

  • Flanders Vaccine member: €70 (21% VAT excl.)
  • Non-member: €120 (21% VAT excl.)
  • Students: €50 (21% VAT excl.)

The conference registration fee covers your attendance at the conference, including welcome coffee, lunch, refreshments and reception.


Registration is open until September 27th 2018. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email and within the following weeks an invoice will be sent to you. Please note that the invoice needs to be paid before the start of the event.

Cancellation Policy:
Notifications received upon 2 weeks before the start of the event, get refunded for 100%. Cancellation requests received less than 2 weeks before the start of the event won’t be refunded.

Replacement by a colleague is always allowed.


You can be part of the Immunity for Health community and enlarge your visibility by opting for one of our sponsorship packages.

Indicated prices are exclusive 21% VAT.

Please keep in mind that the number of available exhibition booths is limited.

For more information, contact Fran Van Heuverswyn:


* Announcement on display screen + on catering buffet