25 February 2020 | Investigations into alternatives for sustainable control of psoroptic mange in Belgian blue cattle

On 25 February 2021, Zhenzhen Chen will defend his PhD thesis on

Investigations into alternatives for sustainable control of psoroptic mange in Belgian blue cattle

Due to current Covid-19 measures, the defence will only be accessible online. If you wish to attend, please register by sending an email to Zhenzhen.Chen@UGent.be before 24 February 2021 to receive a personal invitation.

https://provaxs.be/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/20210119-Zhenzhen-Chen-Invitation-PhD-1.pdf


8 February 2021|Taking Control Alphaherpesvirus Manipulation of the Cytoskeleton and the Epitranscriptome

On 8 February 2021 at 4 p.m., Robert Jansens will defend his PhD thesis on

Taking Control Alphaherpesvirus Manipulation of the Cytoskeleton and the Epitranscriptome

Due to the Covid-19 measurements, the defence will be live streamed. If you wish to participate to the videoconference, please send an e-mail to robert.jansens@ugent.be to receive a personal invitation.

https://provaxs.be/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/PhD-Robert-Jansens-uitnodiging-002-4.pdf


14 December 2020|Second international conference on next generation sequencing for adventitious virus detection in biologics for humans and animals

The IABS-EU, in association with PROVAXS and Ghent University, hosted the “2 nd Conference on Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) for Adventitious Virus Detection in Human and Veterinary Biologics” held on November 13 th and 14 th 2019, in Ghent, Belgium. The meeting brought together international experts from regulatory agencies, the biotherapeutics and biologics industries, contract research organizations, and academia, with the goal to develop a scientific consensus on the readiness of NGS for detecting adventitious viruses, and on the use of this technology to supplement or replace/substitute the currently used assays. Participants discussed the progress on the standardization and validation of the technical and bioinformatics steps in NGS for characterization and safety evaluation of biologics, including human and animal vaccines. It was concluded that NGS can be used for the detection of a broad range of viruses, including novel viruses, and therefore can complement, supplement or even replace some of the conventional adventitious virus detection assays. Furthermore, the development of reference viral standards, complete and correctly annotated viral databases, and protocols for the validation and follow-up investigations of NGS signals is necessary to enable broader use of NGS. An international collaborative effort, involving regulatory authorities, industry, academia, and other stakeholders is ongoing toward this goal.

Please download the full report of the conference here:

https://provaxs.be/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/1439.pdf


4 December 2020 | Waterborne and foodborne transmission of cryptosporidium and Giardia in Northern Greece

On 4 December 2020, Panagiota Ligda will defend her PhD thesis on

Waterborne and foodborne transmission of cryptosporidium and Giardia in Northern Greece

Due to current Covid-19 measures, the defence will only be accessible online. If you wish to attend, please register by sending an email to
Ligda.Panagiota@UGent.be to recieve a personal invitation.


27 November 2020| Investigating and quantifying biosecurity in Belgian cattle production

On 27 November 2020, Bert Damiaans will defend his PhD thesis on

Investigating and quantifying biosecurity in
Belgian cattle production

The defense will take place on Friday 27 November 2020 at 17h.
Due to the current Covid-19 measures, the defense will only be accessible via live-stream. If you wish to participate in the videoconference,
please register by sending an e-mail to bert.damiaans@ugent.be to receive a personal invitation.


17 November 2020|Improve biosecurity on your farm with Biocheck.UGent

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Biocheck uses a calculation algorithm which takes into account all important risk factors, their frequency of occurrence, and interactions. It has been developed through years of scientific research and has been used and validated successfully in multiple studies pertaining to biosecurity.

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6 November 2020 | Congratulations to Dr. Prof. Kristien van Reeth

Congratulations to  Prof. Dr. Kristien van Reeth, member of PROVAXS, who participated with the award-winning presentation “Expanding anti-influenza antibody responses by heterologous prime-boost vaccination or “variations on a vaccine”” to the 3rd edition of the GSK Meets Belgian Universities Digital Event which was held on October 27, 2020.

Her presentation is a clear expample of how Cross Health research can lead to insights that are valuable for vaccine development in different species.

To view the presentation, click on the following link 2020_10_27_GSK_SME_02_Kristien


30 August 2020 |Non-invasive determination of arterial wall stiffness for cardiovascular risk assessment in horses

On August 2020, Lisse Vera will defend her PhD thesis on

Non-invasive determination of
arterial wall stiffness
for cardiovascular risk assessment in horses

The public defence will take place on Monday, 31 August at 16h30.
Aula, Volderstraat 12, 9000 Ghent, Belgium.
Due to the current Covid-19 measures, there will only be a limited number of seats available. Please contact Lisse Vera
(lisse.vera@ugent.be) if you like to attend the session on site. The defence will also be live streamed. If you like to participate in the online
Teams videoconference, please send an e-mail (lisse.vera@ugent.be) to receive a personal invitation.

Pdf invatation for the defense