Immunity for Health

On October 11th 2018 Flanders Vaccine is happy to host its third edition of “Immunity for Health”: the Flanders Vaccine annual flagship event where all stakeholders, both from human and animal health sector, working in the field of immunology, vaccinology, immune-oncology and infectious diseases are invited to meet and interact.

The theme of this year's edition is "Preventive Healthcare". We are honoured to welcome some renowned experts in the field and are looking forward to be inspired by their talks !
Venue: Park Inn Hotel, Martelarenlaan 36, 3010 Leuven (Belgium) (< 5 minutes walking from the train station)

More information about the event or Flanders Vaccine membership can be found on the Flanders Vaccine website.



OPENING SESSION: Preventive Healthcare

08:30 REGISTRATION and welcome coffee




09:30 OPENING KEYNOTE I : topic “How can vaccines and immunotherapeutics support preventive healthcare – Preventing infections, preventing the spread of resistance”
Wolfgang Philipp, Head of Unit Crisis Management and Preparedness in Health, DG SANTE, European Commission



Part I: Clinical Trials Track – Preventive healthcare in Belgium

10:00 KEYNOTE II : topic “ Preventive healthcare policy: How can we stimulate participation in clinical trials”
Diane Kleinermans, Advisor of Ministry of Social Affairs and Public Health




11:00 Talk I: Quarantine vaccine study to assess safety, immunogenicity and shedding of novel polio vaccines
Pierre Van Damme, Professor and head of Vaccine & Infectious Disease Institute, Antwerp University / vice-dean Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Antwerp University / vice-chairman of the board of Flanders Vaccine


11:20 Talk II: topic “Strengths of the Flemish Vaccination Programme”
Geert Top, MD Vaccination Programme Manager, Flemish Agency for Care and Health & Corinne Vandermeulen, Professor KU Leuven and member of the board of Flanders Vaccine


11:40 Pitch session


12:20 LUNCH



Part II: R&D Track – Preventive healthcare for sustainable use of antibiotics

Chair: SGS (event sponsorship)


13:25 Introduction by SGS


13:30 KEYNOTE III: Antibiotic resistance in human and veterinary medicine: critical molecules and bacteria and how (novel) vaccines can help
Eric Cox, Professor of Immunology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University & Fabiana Dal Pozzo, Coordinator of AMCRA


14:00 Talk III: Modulating the immune system to enable the sustainable use of antibiotics”
Adam Cunningham, Professor of Functional Immunity, University of Birmingham, Co-director of BactiVac, UK


14:30 Pitch session


15:00 Talk IV: topic “Update on the pig model for vaccine R&D (One Health)
Hugo Van Heuverswyn, CEO Biomaric, track lead R&D, Flanders Vaccine


15:15 Talk V: Launch of a digital adjuvant to boost innovation and expand the Flanders Vaccine network
Arne Smolders, CEO AcademicLabs





Part III: Track Regional and International visibility – Preventive healthcare beyond the borders

16:00 Talk V: topic “Centre d’Investigation Clinique Cochin Pasteur: Concept and achievements”
Odile Launay, Head coordinator of the Cochin-Pasteur Clinical Research Centre, Paris, France


16:20 Talk VI: topic “Collaboration Immuno Valley”
speaker to be confirmed, Immuno Valley




17:10 MOOC: Vaccines: from smallpox to technologies of the future
Lotte Coelmont, Innovation Manager (IOF), KU Leuven, Laboratory of Virology and chemotherapy (Rega Institute)




17:30 Networking reception

Event Details


Park Inn Hotel, Martelarenlaan 36, 3010 Leuven (Belgium) (< 5 minutes walking from the train station)


Flanders Vaccine member: €70 (21% VAT excl.)
Non-member: €120 (21% VAT excl.)
Students: €50 (21% VAT excl.)




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