2024 Symposium on Diagnostic and surveillance of infectious diseases

Sciensano organises each year a scientific seminar about “Diagnostic and surveillance of infectious diseases”under the auspices of the Belgian Association for Public Health (BAPH) . The seminar will be held on Thursday 16 May 2024 at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium.

Registration is open.

The seminar provides an up-to-date overview of various topics concerning infectious diseases such as surveillance, prevention, treatment and management of epidemics, at national and international level. It is aimed at any healthcare provider with an interest in infectious diseases: microbiologists, infectious disease specialists, hygienists, laboratory technicians, epidemiologists, public health personnel, etc.


08:30 Registration with walking breakfast & visit of stands

Session 1 | Chairs: Erika Vlieghe (UAntwerp) & Jorgen Stassijns (Sciensano) 

09:00 Welcome address

09:15  New vaccines in the market | S. Callens, UZGent

09:45  Unveiling Infectious Diseases: The Power of next generation sequencing | M. Fliss, University of Groningen

10:10  Cluster of cysticercosis in a school | A. Devos, Department Zorg

10:35  Respi-radar: a tool to monitor respiratory infections | G. De Muylder, Sciensano 

11:10-11:30 Coffee break & visit of stands

Session 2 | Chairs: Nicolas Dauby (CHU Saint Pierre Bruxelles) & Adrae Taame (Cocom)

11:30  Indications of molecular diagnosis for respiratory pathogens: update on the current situation | R. Naesens, Ziekenhuis Netwerk Antwerpen

11:55 Diphteria: clinical picture and management of cases | C. Martin, CHU Saint Pierre Brussels

12:20 Diphteria among asylum seekers: outbreak management inside a reception center | J.F. Léonard, AVIQ

12:45-14:00 Lunch and poster session 

Session 3 | Chairs: Steven Van Gucht (Sciensano) & Rémy Demeester (CHU Charleroi)

14:00 Best poster presentation 

14:10 Clinical impact of a direct rapid antimicrobial susceptibility testing (dRAST) | C. Fontaine, CHBA Seraing

14:35 West Nile virus and Dengue in South Europe: epidemiology and public health response | H. Devalk, Santé Publique France 

15:05 Increase of invasive group A Streptococcus infections | P. Smeesters, ULBruxelles 

15:35  Increase in gonorrhea : overview of the situation | A. Lecompte, Sciensano

15:45 Closing address and end of seminar

2024 Symposium on Diagnostic and surveillance of infectious diseases