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21 November 2019: BelTox Annual Scientific Meeting 2019

The 2019 annual meeting (AM) of BelTox will be hosted by the VUB at its Life Sciences campus in Jette on 21 November 2019.  The focus of AM19 will be put on tools for 3Rs testing, as originally proposed by AM17 participants in December 2017 and confirmed by the Steering Committee last March.

The AM19 will be co-organized with the IC3Rs platform of the VUB and the International Society for In Vitro Methods (INVITROM). The programme is currently under construction and will appear on this website in due course.

The AM19 will be followed up on 22 November 2019 by a hands-on workshop devoted to designing a research project proposal according to the 3Rs principles.

More details will follow.

Invitation letter Annual Scientific Meeting 2014

Invitation to the Annual Meeting

Dear Colleague or BelTox Member,

It is my great pleasure to invite you to the 25th anniversary scientific meeting of the Belgian Society for Toxicology and Ecotoxicology (BelTox), to be held on Thursday 4th December, 2014 at the Thomas More Campus (KH Leuven) in Geel, Belgium. This year, the BelTox Steering Committee decided to devote the main part of the meeting to the safety assessment of foods. The title of the meeting is "Food Safety: Toxicology from Farm to Fork", with topics that are of current interest. A first outline of the programme is attached to this letter. As every year a competition for young scientists will be organised with a session of oral presentations and a poster session. The young scientist competition will cover every aspect of toxicology and ecotoxicology research and will not be restricted to the topic of this meeting. At the end of the morning programme, a General Assembly will be held for BelTox members where the new Management Board and Steering Committee will have to be approved for the next three years.

Participation in the annual scientific meeting is open to all interested parties and subscription will automatically make you a BelTox member for the following year. If you are interested to come to this meeting you are kindly asked to complete the online registration form at the BelTox pages of the joint BelTox/BEMS website www.toxsoc.be. The registration fee is 60 € for professionals, 30 € for PhD students and 15 € for Master students. Only professionals and PhD students will automatically become BelTox member for the following year when registering.
To apply for the Young Scientists Competition, PhD students should send in an abstract of their research subject. The deadline for submitting the abstracts for this competition has been extended to November 10th! Instructions for the writing of the abstract can be found on the BelTox website www.toxsoc.be. . A jury will evaluate the abstracts and select 4 for oral 10 minute presentations during the meeting while the other accepted scientific communications can be displayed as posters. All authors will be informed of the decision of the jury about 3 weeks in advance of the meeting. A jury led by Prof. Dominique Lison (UCL) will select the two best presentations and two best posters which will receive a money award by the end of the meeting. The occasion is also offered to scientists and to sponsors to present posters out of competition.

On behalf of the BelTox Steering Committee and the Annual Meeting Organising Committee, I look forward to your registration and participation to make this 25th anniversary meeting a successful event.

Best regards,
Mark Martens
President of BelTox

Invitation to BelTox Annual Meeting 2014

Dear Colleague or BelTox Member,
 
It is my great pleasure to invite you to the 25th anniversary scientific meeting of the Belgian Society for Toxicology and Ecotoxicology (BelTox), to be held on Thursday 4th December, 2014 at the Thomas More Campus (KH Leuven) in Geel, Belgium. This year, the BelTox Steering Committee decided to devote the main part of the meeting to the safety assessment of foods. The title of the meeting is "Food Safety: Toxicology from Farm to Fork", with topics that are of current interest. A first outline of the programme is attached to this letter. As every year a competition for young scientists will be organised with a session of oral presentations and a poster session. The young scientist competition will cover every aspect of toxicology and ecotoxicology research and will not be restricted to the topic of this meeting. At the end of the morning programme, a General Assembly will be held for BelTox members where the new Management Board and Steering Committee will have to be approved for the next three years.  
 
Participation in the annual scientific meeting is open to all interested parties and subscription will automatically make you a BelTox member for the following year. If you are interested to come to this meeting you are kindly asked to complete the online registration form at the BelTox pages of the joint BelTox/BEMS website www.toxsoc.be. The registration fee is 60 € for professionals, 30 € for PhD students and 15 € for Master students. Only professionals and PhD students will automatically become BelTox member for the following year when registering.
To apply for the Young Scientists Competition, PhD students should send in an abstract of their research subject. The deadline for submitting the abstracts for this competition has been extended to November 10th! Instructions for the writing of the abstract can be found on the BelTox website www.toxsoc.be. . A jury will evaluate the abstracts and select 4 for oral 10 minute presentations during the meeting while the other accepted scientific communications can be displayed as posters. All authors will be informed of the decision of the jury about 3 weeks in advance of the meeting. A jury led by Prof. Dominique Lison (UCL) will select the two best presentations and two best posters which will receive a money award by the end of the meeting. The occasion is also offered to scientists and to sponsors to present posters out of competition.

On behalf of the BelTox Steering Committee and the Annual Meeting Organising Committee, I look forward to your registration and participation to make this 25th anniversary meeting a successful event.

Best regards,
 
Mark Martens
President of BelTox
 
You can download the invitation letter using the attachment below.

Advanced Course Skin and Pulmonary Sensitisation 2014 – Program

 

Advance Course

Skin and pulmonary sensitisation

5 November 2014 – Elewijt (Elewijt center)

 

9:10-9:20

Welcome
Peter Hoet (KULeuven, Belgium)

9:20-10:00
 
General introduction. Underlying biological principles and medical
background
Mark Pallardy (France)
 
10:00-10:40

 

In vivo testing (with regulatory status)
Jeroen Vanoirbeek (KULeuven, Belgium)

10:40-11:00
 
          Break (Coffee & thee)
 
11:00-11:40
 
In vitro testing (with regulatory status)
Erwin Roggen (3Rs Management and Consulting ApS, Denmark)

11:40-12:20
 
Computational testing
Sabine Van Miert (Thomas More Kempen, Belgium)

12:20-13:20
 
          Lunch
 
13:20-14:00
 
Hazard and risk assessment of skin sensitizer
Thomas Petry (ToxMinds, Belgium)

14:00-14:30
 
Case studies: introduction & questions to solve

14:30-16:00
 
Case studies: study in subgroups
Expert assistance
coffee & tea available
 
16:00-16:30
 
Interactive overview of the cases
(comparing/discussing outcomes per group)

16:30
 
Final remarks and adjournments

 

Organizing committee:
Peter Hoet (KULeuven), Dominique Lison (UCL), Philip Vanparys (GENTOXICON BVBA),

To download, use the attachment at the bottom of this page.

Introduction course 20/6/2014: Program & itinerary

Introduction to Toxicology and Ecotoxicology as the Scientific Basis for Management of Chemical Risk

17 November 2014: 8:30 – 18:0 hours

Elewijt Center
Tervuursesteenweg 564, 1982 Elewijt, Belgium

 

Program

(To download the program, use the attachment at the bottom of this page)
 
8:30-9:00 
 
Reception
9:00-9:10

 

Introduction to the seminar
Marie-Noëlle Blaude (WIV-ISP Scientific Institute of Public Health)
 
9:10-9:25 Part 1: Analysis of cases involving toxic substances
Dominique Lison (UCL Catholic University of Louvain)
 
9:25-10:15

 

Part 2: Introduction to toxicology
Dominique Lison (UCL Catholic University of Louvain)
 
10:15-10:35 
 
Coffee Break
 
10:35-11:15

 

Part 3: Introduction to epidemiology
Hans Scheers (KULeuven)
 
11:15-12:15

 

Part 4: Environmental risk assessment
Francesca Tencalla (Toxminds)
 
12:15-13:30
 
Lunch with lecturers
 
13:30-15:30

Part 5: Health risk assessment
         5.1: Hazard assessment
        
Mark Martens (President of BelTox)
         5.2: Exposure assessment

        
Peter Hoet (KULeuven)
         5.3: Risk assessment
        
Mark Martens (President of BelTox)

15:30-15:45
 
Coffee Break
 
15:45-16:20

 

Part 6: Hazard (and risk) communication
Marie-Noëlle Blaude (WIV-ISP Scientific Institute of Public Health)
and Jacques de Gerlache (TBC)
 
16:20-17:00

 

Questions and answers session
All
 

Organizing committee:
    – Chair: Marie-Noëlle Blaude
    – Members: Mark Martens, Jacques de Gerlache, Francesca Tencalla

Itinerary

You can download directions to the Elewijt Center with the attachment below.

Workshop 12 March 2014 – Itinerary

The venue of the meeting is at the GlaxoSmithKline Vaccines site: 20, Avenue Fleming, 1300 Wavre, Belgium. Further details regarding the location can be found in the attached file.

– Participants should register at the “Visitors – Fleming Entrance” gate (see attached map).

– A detailed map and guidance will be provided to the participants at that entrance gate on where to park and how to access the meeting rooms (i.e. Sparte and Demeter).

Since registration will occur at the peak traffic time point at the GlaxoSmithKline Vaccines site, please note that participants should arrive at least 40 minutes in advance of the meeting to allow proper registration and parking.

3rd Workshop on Non-Clinical Safety Assessment of Biopharmaceuticals

Wednesday 12 March 2014 – GSK Vaccines, Wavre, Belgium
Programme

This workshop is sponsored by:

You can download this program from the pdf in attachment at the bottom of this page.

8:00-8:50
 
Coffee
 
 
8:50-9:00
 
Welcome
 
JM. Wilkin,
GSK Vaccines, Belgium
Morning session: Introductory lectures

9:00-9:40
 
Nucleotide therapies: Past failures and
future challenges
 
L. Coney,
Huntingdon Life Sciences, UK
9:40-10:20 Safety evaluation of gene therapy products
including inhaled products
M.Mc Elroy
Charles River Laboratories, UK
 
10:20-10:45 Regulatory perspective on the safety assessment
of oligonucleotides and gene therapies
C. Beuneu
Federal Agency for Medicines
and Health Products, Belgium
10:45-11:05
 
Coffee break
 

 
11:05-11:35 The personalized medicine approach in orphan
disease: development of oligonucleotides for
the treatment of Duchenne's Muscular Distrophy
 
C. den Besten
Prosensa, The Netherlands
11:35-12:05
 
Toxicologic pathology of anitsense
oligonucleotides
 
C. Sobry,
CitoxLab, France
 
12:05-12:45 Non-GLP pharmacology and the GLP toxicology
studies to support the use of CpG as adjuvant
in anti-nicotine and anti-IgE therapeutic vaccines
 
M. McCluskie,
Pfizer, Canada
12:45-13:45
 
Lunch and networking
 
 
Afternoon session: Case studies analysis

13:45-14:00
 
Introduction to breakout sessions  
14:00-15:00 Breakout sessions
 
15:00-15:20
 
Coffee break
 
 
15:20-16:50
 
Case study reporting and discussion
 

 
16:50-17:00
 
Concluding remarks
 
M. Martens
President BelTox
Organizing Committee : Judith Baumeister (Ablynx, B), Michaela Damsten, Frédérique
Delannois, Camille Planty and
Lawrence Segal (GSK Vaccines), Miek Desmidt,
Ad Knaapen and
Ilham Smyej (Johnson & Johnson, B), Annick Cauvin and Miranda
Cornet (UCB Pharma, B)

BEMS Meeting 2013: Itinerary and practical information

VENUE

Monasterium PoortAckere
Room “Sint-Lucas”
Oude Houtlei 56
9000 Gent
Belgium
 

ITINERARY

Below, please find the directions to Monasterium PoortAckere:
 
By car
Please use the nearby public car parks: 'Sint-Michiels' and 'Ramen'. In Gent city centre, follow “Parkeerroute Sint-Michiels”.
 
Coming from Calais – Oostende – Brugge (E40)
– Take the exit Gent West (no. 13) and follow the indications ‘Gent Centrum’ via the yellow parking route (direction Sint-Michiels parking). You will arrive in the ‘Hoogstraat’.
– Take the last street on your right side, which is ‘Oude Houtlei’.
– Monasterium PoortAckere is situated halfway on your right side.
 
Coming from Brussel (E40) or Antwerpen (E17)
– Take the exit Gent Centrum and then choose "Alle richtingen" (all directions). You will drive down the viaduct to end up at a traffic light cross road. Sort left(!) and turn left.
-You are now on the city center ring road of Ghent. At the 5th traffic lights, you turn right (Nieuwe Wandeling). Now you will see a long stretched park on your left hand side. At the second traffic lights, go right again ("Hoogstraat") and keep following.
-Take the third street on the right, which is ‘Oude Houtlei’.
 
By train
Take a train to Gent (Gent-Sint-Pieters). In front of the train station Gent-Sint-Pieters, you can take tram 1 to the city center (direction: Korenmarkt/Wondelgem/Evergem) and get off at the tram stop 'Korte Meer'. The meeting venue is 2 a minute’s walk; please have a look at the city map below.
You can buy a tram ticket with help of the ticket machine at the tram platform (coins: 1,20 EUR).
A walk from the railway station Gent-Sint-Pieters to Monasterium PoortAckere is 35 minutes.
Gent City Map: www.gent.be/stadsplan
Train info: www.belgianrail.be
Bus info: www.delijn.be
 
For further info on the venue, please contact Kim De Ruyck: kim.deruyck@ugent.be
+32 9 264 66 56
 
REGISTRATION

Registration fee:
  • Non-members: 60 euro
  • Non-member PhD students: 30 euro
  • BEMS members: free (combined membership for Beltox and BEMS is possible)
Online via http://www.toxsoc.be
Or by e-mail to kim.deruyck@ugent.be

Registration and payment deadline: 08 November 2013. After that date, cash payment at registration desk.
 
PAYMENT

Online after registration (Paypal)
Bank transfer to BEMS: IBAN BE97 0012 2213 7049 – BIC/SWIFT GEBABEBB
 
 

Annual Meeting 2013: Program

“New challenges in risk assessment :
Non-testing approaches in toxicology and ecotoxicology”

BelTox Annual Scientific Meeting 2013
Friday 6 December 2013: 9:00 – 18:00 hours

UCL, Louvain-La-Neuve

Auditorium Mont 01 of the Montesquieu building
Rue de Montesquieu 32 – Louvain-la-Neuve (ground floor)

This meeting is sponsored by:

 


 

(To download the program, use the attachment at the bottom of this page)
 
Morning Session – Chair: Henk Vrijhof (Ecetoc, Brussels, Belgium)

9:00  

 

Welcome/Introduction
Henk Vrijhof/Mark Martens (BelTox)
 
9:10

 

Keynote lecture:
Perspectives of the merits and pitfalls of non testing approaches in the Tox 21 environment. A step change towards risk assessment?
Dr. Grace Patlewicz (Du Pont, Newark DE, USA)
 
10:00

 

Non-testing approaches for pharmaceuticals in Discovery
Dr. Araz Raoof (Johnson & Johnson, Beerse, Belgium)
 
10:30
 
Coffee Break & Poster Session
 
11:00

 

Non-testing approaches for pharmaceuticals in Development
Dr. Jacky van Gompel (Johnson & Johnson, Beerse, Belgium)
 
11:30

 

In silico strategies for hazard assessment of nanomaterials
Dr. Enrico Burello (TNO, Zeist, Netherlands)
 
12:00

 

BelTox General Assembly
Miranda Cornet (BelTox; UCB, Brussels)
 
12:15
 
Lunch and poster session
 
Afternoon Session – Chair: Koen Van Deun (Reflector Consulting, Belgium)

  Young Scientist Competition
Prof. Dominique Lison (BelTox, UCL, Brussels)
13:30
 
Using the zebrafish embryo as a screening tool for teratogenicity
E. Bagci, Universiteit Antwerpen, Belgium
13:45

 

Characterization of hepatic markers and transcription factors in human Wharton’s Jelly-derived mesenchymal stem cells
K. Buyl, VUB, Belgium
14:00

 

Does in vitro gastrointestinal digestion of red meat, in comparison to white meat, give rise to the formation of more cyto-and genotoxic compounds?
L. Hemeryck, Ugent, Belgium
14:15

 

A coculture model of the lung-blood barrier to study pulmonary and cardiovascular toxicity
K. Luyts, KULeuven, Belgium
14:30

 

Non-testing approaches for food
Prof. Vittorio Silano (Faculty of Medicine, II University of Rome, Italy)
 
15:00
 
Coffee Break & Poster Session
 
15:30

 

The Roles of Mechanistic Chemistry, QSARs and Read-Across in Risk Assessment for Cosmetic Ingredients
Dr. Nora Aptula (Unilever, Sharnbrook, Bedford, UK)
 
16:00

 

From non-testing approaches to field reality: A new paradigm in ecotoxicology?
Prof. Patrick Kestemont (University of Namur, Belgium)
 
16:30

 

Non-testing approaches for chemicals
Dr. Francesca Tencalla (Toxminds, Brussels, Belgium)
 
17:00

 

Closing remarks and prizes for best presentation/poster
Mark Martens (BelTox)
 

Advanced Course Genotoxicity & Mutagenicity Testing 2013 – Program & itinerary

 

Advance Course

Genotoxicity & mutagenicity testing: a brief overview of the main tests, pitfalls and regulatory framework

Elewijt (Elewijt center), 11 October 2013

Organised by BelTox and BEMS

 

9:00
 
Welcome
9:10-9:20
 
General introduction. Genotoxicity testing at the right position in hazard evaluation
Peter Hoet & Lode Godderis (KU Leuven, BelTox & Bems)
 
9:20-10:15

 

Background & mechanisms
Lode Godderis (KU Leuven)

10:15-10:45
 
          Break (Coffee & thee)
 
10:45-11:30
 
Genotoxicity testing: an introduction to the different test systems
Ilse Koijen / Bas-jan van der Leede (Janssen R&D)

11:30-12:00
 
Regulatory aspects (EMA & ICH)
Sonja Beken (FAMHP)

12:00-13:00
 
          Lunch
 
13:00-13:30
 
TTC concept in genetic toxicology
Jacky van Gompel (Janssen R&D)

13:30-14:00
 
False positives and strategies of testing
Philippe Vanparys (Altoxicon Bvba)

14:00-14:15
 
Exercise / case study: introduction & questions to solve
Ilse Koijen / Bas-jan van der Leede (Janssen R&D)

14:15-16:00
 
Exercise / case study: study in subgroups
expert assistance
coffee and thee available
16:00-16:30
 
Interactive overview of the cases
(comparing/discussing outcomes per group)

16:30
 
Final remarks and adjournments

 

Organizing committee:
BEMS: Lode Godderis, Freddy Van Goethem –
BelTox: Philip Vanparys, Peter Hoet

To download, use the attachment at the bottom of this page.

Itinerary:

The Elewijt Center informed us that it is very likely there will be roadworks on the regular route to the center.
It is expected that, although there is a barrier, local traffic will be allowed.
If not, please use the alternative itinerary in the attachment at the bottom of this page.