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20 YEARS OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH IN HEALTH/WORK/ENVIRONMENT Balance and perspective ... dialogue between the stakeholders. September 6, 2012 Perspectives and recommendations for future research in health/ work /environment. Prof. M. Kirsch-Volders Laboratorium voor Cellulaire Genetica

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20 YEARS OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH IN HEALTH/WORK/ENVIRONMENTBalance and perspective ... dialogue between the stakeholders. September 6, 2012Perspectivesandrecommendationsforfutureresearch in health/work/environment

Prof. M. Kirsch-Volders

Laboratorium voor Cellulaire Genetica

Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Prof. D. Lison

Louvain Centre for Toxicology & Applied Pharmacology Université catholique de Louvain


Perspectivesandrecommendationsfor

future research in health/work/environment

Prof. M. Kirsch-Volders

LaboratoriumvoorCellulaireGenetica

VrijeUniversiteitBrussel


Future perspectives after 10 years

of research in health/work/environment

(2001 report)

1. New impulse for fundamental research

2. Long-term strategy for :

- structural investments

- human investments

3. Encouraging interdisciplinary approaches

4. Federal structure for industrial toxicology,

ensuring European integration at the highest level


Future perspectives in the current report

after 20 years of research

in health/work/environment

(2012)


  • PRINCIPLE

  • Research in health/work/environment:

  • a scientific strategy

  • meeting and anticipating the needs of the society

  • prevention based on knowledge of mechanisms of diseases and new biomarkers


  • Research in health/work/environment

  • should be:

  • Fundamental, applied but also translational

  • Integrating the complexity of risk sources

    and risk factors

  • Multidisciplinary: not only biologists,

    toxicologists, epidemiologists,…

  • but also experts from other disciplines

  • such as physicists, engineers, geologists,

  • ethicists, ….

  • Breaking down paradigms, especially for

  • new materials and/or environments


  • Research in health/work/environment

  • should be:

  • Reaching long term strategy,

    allowing thecontinuity of the expertise:

    - Capacity and knowledge building : larger projects with workshops, seminars

  • - Collaboration with other federal scientific institutions

    - Collaboration with European projects, including foreign research teams

    - Innovative projects for senior researchers

    - Importance of follow-up committees

    - Implementation of a federal platform


  • Funding of research in health/work/environment:

  • Partners of Follow-up committees

  • Co-funding with other federal scientific

  • institutions

  • EU projects


FEDERAL CONTRIBUTION

IS ESSENTIAL !


Perspectivesandrecommendationsfor

future research in health/work/environment

Prof. D. Lison

Louvain Centre for Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology Universitécatholique de Louvain


FEDERAL STRUCTURE

for EH RESEARCH ?


  • 2001 : virtualinstitute for industrialhygiene & toxicology

  • 2012 : federal structure for E&H research

  • = a durable researchcommunitydedicated to E&H

  • WHY do weneedthis ?

  • aim of BELSPO programs :

    • a permanent expertise capacity

    • to maintain the excellence of scientificpotential

  • sustainabledevelopment : also for research

  • EH research = long-term dimension

  • from teams  networks

  • visibility (national, international)

  • attractability for youngscientists

  • clarification/simplification of the landscape


Social affairs

DG Health

CF

Well-being, health, GK

COCOF

Taskforce, CPES

Public health

VGC

Social action, Health RW

FWO, IWT

Healthcouncil

INNOVIRIS

FNRS, FRSM, FRIA

DGRNE

VITO

IBGE

Provincial institutes

PHI

NEHAP

CIMES

E&H

IRCEL/CELINE

BELSPO

Hasselt

FUNDP

KULeuven

UCLouvain

ULB

UGhent

VUB

ULg

UIA


Social affairs

DG Health

CF

Well-being, health, GK

COCOF

Taskforce, CPES

Public health

VGC

Social action, Health RW

FWO, IWT

Nanomaterials

Healthcouncil

INNOVIRIS

FNRS, FRSM, FRIA

DGRNE

VITO

IBGE

Provincial institutes

PHI

CODA-CERVA

NEHAP

CIMES

E&H

IRCEL/CELINE

BELSPO

Hasselt

FUNDP

KULeuven

UCLouvain

ULB

UGhent

VUB

ULg

UIA


  • RIVM has a total of approximately 1,500 staff.

  • main commissioning :

  • The Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport

  • The Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment

  • The Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation

  • Various government inspectorates

  • The European Union

  • The United Nations

  • see @ http://www.rivm.nl/en


  • 2001 : virtualinstitute for industrialhygiene & toxicology

  • 2012 : federal structure for E&H research

  • = a stable researchcommunitydedicated to E&H

  • WHAT do weneed ?

  • The Belgianway :

    • research expertise in universities, institutes

    • internationallycompetitive

    • cost effective (cf. Gevers & Rogiers)

  •  Consolidate and reinforce the existing expertise


  • 2001 : virtualinstitute for industrialhygiene & toxicology

  • 2012 : federal structure for E&H research

  • = a stable researchcommunitydedicated to E&H

  • How to proceed ?

  • inventory of expertise/excellence in E&H

  • earmark expertise/excellence in E&H

  • focus on synergy, multidisciplinarity

  • balancingstabilityvs turn-over

  • open to external collaborations

  • thematicseminars

  • specificfundingscheme

    • PhD, post-doc grants

    • multidisciplinary, translationalprojects

    • EH IAPs ?

  • couplingresearch and expertise

  • translational : industry, regulators


Thankyou for your attention

Wewelcomeyour questions, comments or suggestions

On behalf of all involved researchers

we thank BELSPO for the past, present and

forthcoming scientific, financial and structural support


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