Ninth ONLINE ASCID evening symposium on "ONE YEAR OF COVID-19: AN OVERVIEW" - 1st April 2021

The Antwerp Study Centre for Infectious Diseases (ASCID) has organized its ninth evening symposium on 1st April 2021, from 6 to 10:20 p.m.

ASCID is a unique collaboration between VAXINFECTIO (Vaccine- and Infectious Disease Institute) and EVECO (Evolutionary Ecology Group), and formally recognized as a ‘Centre of Excellence’ by the University of Antwerp.
The mission of the Centre is basic and multidisciplinary research with a main research focus on infectious diseases.

PROGRAMME "ONE YEAR OF COVID-19: AN OVERVIEW"

18u00-18u10             Welcome (Video)​
                                       Prof. Zwi Berneman, University of Antwerp, Laboratory of Experimental
                                       Hematology (LEH)    

18u10-18u40             Clinical aspects of COVID-19 (Video)​
                                       Prof. Erika Vlieghe, University of Antwerp/UZA & Institute of Tropical Medicine
                                       Antwerp (ITG) 

18u40-19u10             Non-human animals in the history, present and future of the SARS-CoV-2
                                       pandemic (Video)​
                                       Prof. Herwig Leirs, University of Antwerp, Evolutionary Ecology Group (EVECO)

19u10-19u40             COVID-19 vaccines (Video)
                                       Prof. Pierre Van Damme, University of Antwerp, Centre for the Evaluation of
                                       Vaccination (CEV) 

19u40-20u10             Covid-19 T-cell epidemiology (Video)
                                       Prof. Benson Ogunjimi, University of Antwerp, Centre for Health Economics
                                       Research and Modelling Infectious Diseases (CHERMID) 

20u20-20u50             The role of mathematical and statistical models during the COVID-19
                                        pandemic (Video)
                                       Prof. Niel Hens, University of Antwerp/University of Hasselt, Centre for Health
                                       Economics Research and Modelling Infectious Diseases (CHERMID)

20u50-21u20             Health, economics, wellbeing and justice in a pandemic (Video)
                                       Prof. Philippe Beutels, University of Antwerp, Centre for Health Economics
                                       Research and Modelling Infectious Diseases (CHERMID)  

21u20-21u50             Diagnostic Challenges (Video)
                                       Prof. Herman Goossens, University of Antwerp, 
                                       Laboratory of MedicalMicrobiology (LMM) & University Medical Centre, Utrecht 

21u50-22u20             Panel discussion and last questions from the public

Current Viral Epidemics - November 2019

Current Viral Epidemics

26th November 2019

6-6.30 p.m. Registration with sandwiches, coffee and tea

General Introduction and introduction of VAXI-IDEA, a new Methusalem consortium inspired by ASCID
Prof. Zwi Berneman (VAXINFECTIO, LEH, UAntwerpen) & Prof. Pierre Van Damme (VAXINFECTIO, CEV, UAntwerpen)

6.30-7.10 p.m.  Building a European clinical research alliance to respond to emerging infectious diseases
Prof. Herman Goossens (University of Antwerp, Laboratory of Medical Microbiology (LMM) and University Medical Centre, Utrecht)

7.10-7.50 p.m.  Understanding vaccine hesitancy and other impediments to measles elimination in Europe
Prof. Philippe Beutels (University of Antwerp, Centre for Health Economics Research and Modelling Infectious Diseases (CHERMID))

7.50-8.30 p.m. Measles epidemics in Europe: what needs to be done?
Prof. Heidi Theeten (University of Antwerp, Centre for Evaluation of Vaccination (CEV))

8.30-10 p.m. Closing networking reception

Migration and Infectious Diseases - April 2019

Migration and Infectious Diseases

2 April 2019 - 6 to 10 p.m.

Programme 

  • 6-6.30 p.m. Registration with sandwiches, coffee and tea
  • General Introduction - Prof. Zwi Berneman (VAXINFECTIO, LEH, UAntwerpen)
  • 6.30-7.10 p.m. Have we overexaggerated the migration challenge? Dr. Manuel Carballo (Epidemiologist and Executive Director of the International Centre for Migration, Health and Development (ICMHD))
  • 7.10-7.50 p.m. Tuberculosis : a European disease, not a ‘tropical’ one. Wouter Arrazola de Oñate (Vlaamse Vereniging voor Respiratoire Gezondheidszorg en Tuberculosebestrijding (VRGT))
  • 7.50-8.30 p.m. Vaccination of refugees, asylum seekers and other migrating people: tailoring the immunization programme Dr. Geert Top (Agentschap Zorg en Gezondheid)
  • 8.30-10 p.m. Closing networking reception

Human Challenge Studies - October 2018

Human Challenge Studies

09 October 2018 - 6.30 to 10 p.m.

Programme

  • 18u00-18u30 Opening reception with coffee and sandwiches 
  • General Introduction - Prof. Zwi Berneman (VAXINFECTIO, LEH, UAntwerpen)
  • 18u30-19u10  "CHIM: what can we do with these models from a regulatory viewpoint" – Pieter Neels, chair Human Vaccine Committee IABS 
  • 19u10- 19u50  "The Ethical Aspects of Human Challenge Studies" – Dr Hugh Davies, Oxford Chair Research Ethics Committee  
  • 19u50- 20u30  “Developing novel controlled human infection models for parasitic diseases" - Dr Meta Roestenberg, Leids Universitair Medisch Centrum (LUMC) 
  • 20u30-22u  Closing networking reception

Louse and Flea-borne Diseases - April 2018

Louse and Flea-borne Infections

17 April 2018 - 6 to 10 p.m.

Programme

  • 18u00-18u30 Opening reception with coffee and sandwiches 
  • General Introduction - Prof. Zwi Berneman (VAXINFECTIO, LEH, UAntwerpen)
  • 18u30-19u10 "The Plague" - Prof. Herwig Leirs (Faculty of Sciences, EVECO, UAntwerp)
  • 19u10-19u50  "Louse and flea-borne Rickettsiosis" - Dr.  Steven Van Den Broucke (Institute for Tropical Medicine, Antwerp)
  • 19u50-20u30  "Global Health Technologies: Innovative and multidisciplinary research & development to control Vector-borne Diseases"-  Prof. Maria Elena Bottazzi  (Texas Medical Center, United States) 
  • 20u30 - 22u00 Closing networking reception


Figure: Plague_doctors'beak shaped mask

Tick-Borne Diseases - November 2017

Tick-Borne Diseases

14 November 2017 - 6.30 to 10 p.m.


Programme 

  • 18u00-18u30       Registration with sandwiches, coffee and tea 
  • 18u30-18u40       Welcome - Prof. Zwi Berneman, University of Antwerp, Laboratory of Experimental Hematology
  • 18u40-19u05      'Ecology of ticks and tick-borne pathogens'- Prof. Erik Matthysen, University of Antwerp, EVECO 
  • 19u05-19u30      'Clinical Aspects of Tick-borne Diseases’ - Dr. Ula Maniewski, the Institute for Tropical Medicine (ITG-ITM)      
  • 19u30-19u55      'Human surveillance of Tick-borne Diseases in Belgium'- Tinne Lernout,  Scientific Institute of Public Health (WIV-ISP) 
  • 19u55-20u20      'Rare and Emerging Tick-borne Diseases of Public Health Importance in the European Union and European Economic Area'-  Dr. Wim Van Bortel, the Institute for Tropical Medicine (ITG-ITM)
  • 20u20-20u45       ‘Lyme Disease’ – Prof. Dirk Vogelaers, University Hospital Gent 
  • 20u45-22u00        Closing networking reception 

Zoonotic Infectious Diseases - June 2017

Zoonotic Infectious Diseases

20 June 2017 -  6.30 to 10 p.m.

Programme 

Antibiotic Resistance - November 2016

Antibiotic Resistance

15 November 2016 - 6.30 to 10 p.m.

Programme 

  

ASCID Evening Symposium - April 2016

first ASCID evening symposium

28 April 2016 - 6 to 10 p.m.

Programme

ASCID (Antwerp Study Centre for Infectious Diseases)

ASCID is a close collaboration between VAXINFECTIO (research unit within the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences) and EVECO, the Evolutionary Ecology Group (research unit within the Faculty of Sciences, department Biology). ASCID is formally recognized as a ‘Centre of Excellence’ by the University of Antwerp. The mission of the Centre is basic and multidisciplinary research with a main research focus on infectious diseases. In pursuance of its mission, the Centre is well placed to conduct and manage scientific studies which combine several disciplines and other key research areas: i) drug discovery and development, ii) socio-economic policy and organization, iii) ecology and sustainable development, iv) imaging, v) oncology and vi) neurosciences.

The research focus of Prof. Herwig Leirs and his team in the EVECO group is in the area of animal population biology and fits directly under the key research domain “ecology and sustainable development”. The questions addressed vary from very fundamental problems about population dynamics, to applications in pest control, nature conservation and the ecology of infections in wild animals. It is of course the latter area of interest that provides the link with the main research focus of “Infectious Diseases” which is the priority for this  Centre of Excellence.