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Omics technologies in health care (ONLINE)
Dreamix, realitix or promesix?

20 april 2021 from 9 to 10.30 am

Background and context
During this webinar, the report "Omics technologies and their clinical application" of the Belgian Superior Health Council will be presented: what are omics technologies and how can they impact our healthcare system? In what way do they challenge the current ethical and societal boundaries? Several leading experts will assess the state of the art and weigh the promising prospects against upcoming challenges and possible pitfalls.

Preliminary programme

  • Genomics and transcriptomics: opportune adoption for standard-of-care diagnostics
    of inherited disorders and cancer

    Prof. Gert Matthijs 
    Centre for human genetics, UZ Leuven & KU Leuven

  • Epigenomic profiling: Belgium at the forefront
    Dr. Jana Jeschke
    Laboratory of Cancer Epigenetics, Université Libre de Bruxelles

  • Clinical proteomics in future health care
    Prof. Geert Baggerman
    Centre for Proteomics, VITO-UAntwerp

  • The Exposome and Health
    Prof. Lode Godderis
    Centre for environment and health, KU Leuven & IDEWE

  • Round table discussion
    Discussion with the speakers based on questions received from the audience


Practical information
This seminar will take place online on Tuesday 20 April 2021 from 9 to 10.30 am.
Participation is free of charge. The working language is English.
It is possible to obtain accreditation.



Sustainable and healthy food

12 may 2021 - from 10 am to 1 pm


Background and context
Over the coming decades, the world's population will continue to grow steadily. The world's food supply will have to keep up as the negative effects of climate change on food production have become increasingly apparent. Moreover, the global burden of disease related to inadequate nutrition (both from undernutrition as well as malnutrition) will continue to increase.
The food chain, from food production to consumption will therefore come under increasing pressure and will inevitably have to adapt to these pressing challenges. Creative solutions will be required at all levels involved, such as agriculture, food processing, distribution, consumption as well as the social context of food.
Following the example of other international institutions, the Superior Health Council, which already pays special attention to the relationship between food and health, wishes to encourage a transdisciplinary approach to this problem.
With this morning seminar, the Superior Health Council aims to support the creation of a multisectoral dynamic that is necessary to lead to the development of new concepts with a solid and consensual basis, which aim in particular at fair and sustainable production and healthy food consumption.
The presentations of the various experts and the ensuing reflections will undoubtedly contribute to these objectives.
It promises to be an exciting morning.
We warmly welcome you to join us.

On behalf of the Superior Health Council,
Prof. Stefaan De Henauw, President of the permanent working group on Nutrition, Food and Health
Prof. Jean Nève, President of the SHC

Preliminary programme

  • Tim Benton
    Research Director at Chatham House
    United Kingdom

  • Mads Fischer-Moller
    Professor in Food Policy
    Leader of the “Future Food Systems Challenge Centre”
    Scotland Rural College

    Scotland, United Kingdom

  • Marjolein Visser
    Associate Professor - Chargée de Cours
    Chair of Agroecology, Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)

  • Katrien Verbeke
    Social entrepreneur, urban food expert and founder of Let us

Practical information
This online seminar, which will take place online for obvious reasons related to the current pandemic,
will be held on Wednesday 12 May 2021 from 10 am to 1 pm.
Participation is free of charge. More info and registrations will follow soon.