Sciensano organises each year a scientific seminar about infectious diseases, with a focus on surveillance, prevention, treatment and epidemics’ management.
Microbiologists and laboratory technicians, physicians, scientists, public health leaders, or any other person interested in infectious diseases are welcome.
08h30 Registration with walking breakfast & visit of stands
Session 1 | Chairs: Katherine Loens (UZA) & Sabine Lauwers (VUB)
09h15 Welcome address
09h30 Point-of-care testing (POC) | Pierrette Melin (ULg)
09h55 Transportation of samples to NRCs | Denis Piérard (UZ Brussels)
10h15 Use of WGS in a reference laboratory | Wesley Mattheus (Sciensano)
10h40 Azole resistance of mycoses | Katrien Lagrou (UZLeuven)
11h10 Coffee break & visit of stands
Session 2 | Chairs: Corinne Vandermeulen (KUL) & Arnaud Marchant (ULB)
11h40 Vaccines in the pipeline | Yves Van Laethem (CHU St Pierre)
12h05 Effect of annual influenza vaccination on the vaccine effectiveness | Geert Leroux-Roels (UZGent)
12h30 Impact of HPV vaccination on the incidence of cervical cancer | Marc Arbyn (Sciensano)
Session 3 | Chairs: Steven Van Gucht (Sciensano) & Te-Din Daniel Huang (UCL)
14h15 Best poster presentation
14h25 Risk of west-nile, dengue and chikungunya in Europe/mosquito surveillance Belgium | Wim Van Bortel (ITG)
14h50 Management of outbreaks of resistant bacteria in hospitals in Belgium: the experience of the Outbreak Support Team | Elizabeth Miller (Sciensano) & Anaïs Bothy (UCL)
15h15 Outbreak of salmonella in schools in Flanders in 2018 | (AZG)
15h35 Hot Topic: TBD
15h45 Closing address and end of seminar
Accreditation has been requested on Clinical biology (morning sessions) and Ethics and economics (afternoon sessions).