BEMS Meeting 
Young Scientist meeting
Scientific Institute of Public Health, Juliette Wytsmanstraat 14, B1050 Brussels


The objective of the meeting is to provide a more informal platform for young scientists (e.g. doctorandi, post docs) where they can present and discuss their research project. In addition, young scientists can network with colleagues and senior members of the scientific community (academia, government, industry). 


The meeting would be highly relevant for all young scientists currently working on their PhD or performing post-doc research in academia, governmental institutes and industry. Also senior members of the scientific community are encouraged to attend the meeting, in order to challenge, guide and motivate the young scientists.


9:00 – 9:45
Registration & coffee
9:45 – 10:00
Welcome & introduction 

Freddy Van Goethem, Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical R&D, Belgium

10:00 – 10:45
Cell differentiation and engineering of mouse embryonic stem cells
Luc Leyns, Free University of Brussels,Belgium

10:45 – 11:30
The use of an in vitro model based on mouse embryonic stem cells, to predict embryotoxic potency of candidate drugs 
Ann De Smedt, Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical R&D, Belgium

11:30 – 11:50
Evaluating the effects of ionizing radiation on gene expression in the developing mouse brain 
Joris Verheyde, Belgian Nuclear Research Center-SCK-CEN MOL, Belgium

11:50 – 12:10
Differentiation of bone marrow stem cells into hepatocyte-like cells 
Sarah Snykers, Free University Brussels, Belgium

12:10 – 12:30
Establishment of murine ES-cell lines from in vitro maturated blastocysts in correlation with oct-4 expression. 
Severine Tielens,University of Ghent, Belgium

12:30 – 13:30
Networking Lunch
13:30 – 13:50
Radiation induced damage to normal tissues following radiotherapy in patients treated for gynecological tumors: association with single nucleotide polymorphisms in XRCC1, XRCC3 and OGG1 genes and in vitro chromosomal radiosensitivity in lymphocytes 
Kim De Ruyck, University of Ghent , Belgium

13:50 – 14:10
Evaluation of the in vitro apoptogenic potential of hard metal dust (WC-Co), tungsten carbide and metallic cobalt in human blood mononucleated cells 
Noömi Lombaert, Free University of Brussels, Belgium

14:10 – 14:30
In vitro evaluation of high LET 213Bi-therapy for the treatment of B-cell chronic lymphoid leukemia 
Katia Vandenbulcke, UCB, Brussels, Belgium

14:30 – 14:50
Influence of hOGG1, XRCC1 and XRCC3 genotypes on biomarkers of genotoxicity in workers exposed to cobalt or hard metal dusts 
Raluca Mateuca, Free University of Brussels, Belgium

14:50 – 15:10
Antioxidants and NO-donors 
Silvia Balbo, University of Turin, Italy
15:10 – 16:30
Closure of the meeting & drink…