Department of Clinical Sciences

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National Reference Centre for Arboviruses
 
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National Reference Centre for Sexually Transmitted Diseases (Treponema pallidum, Chlamydia trachomatis, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Mycoplasma genitalium)
 
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National Reference Centre for Rickettsia and Anaplasma
(Consortium with Koningin Astrid Militair Hospitaal)
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National Reference Centre for Coxiella burnetii and Bartonella
(Consortium with UCL Saint-Luc et CODA)
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National AIDS Reference Laboratory
ITM’s AIDS Reference Laboratory (ARL) is one of seven recognized reference labs for HIV diagnosis financed by the federal Ministries of Public Health and Social Affairs. Its responsibilities include reference and definite diagnosis of HIV (serology, viral load, resistance); the evaluation, development and quality control of existing and new tests; data collection and supervision. The laboratory is part of the national ARL network and the federal Scientific Institute of Public Health. Together with the HIV/STD Laboratory, the ARL also participates in international research projects such as clinical tests with microbicides.
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WHO Collaborating Centre for HIV/AIDS Diagnostics and Laboratory Support
This Reference Centre involves the Departments of Clinical Sciences and Biomedical Sciences. The reference centre maintains repositories of relevant specimens and panels for the laboratory evaluation of in vitro diagnostics for HIV (serology, nucleic acid amplification and CD4 counting), (re)emerging viral infections and sexually transmitted infections (STI). Furthermore, it offers expert technical advice and reference services to WHO with regard to the performance of related in-vitro diagnostics.
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National Reference Laboratory for Infectious and Tropical Diseases
The Clinical Reference Laboratory of the Institute of Tropical Medicine is an official reference laboratory for the diagnosis of infectious and tropical diseases (MB 31/08/1998-BS 10/12/1998). It was also appointed as a national reference laboratory for PlasmodiumLeishmaniaEntamoeba histolyticaCryptosporidium and Cyclospora, and Leptospira.
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WHO Testing Laboratory
Evaluation of diagnostic tests for HIV and STI under accreditation for WHO prequalification.
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National Reference Centre for Arboviruses
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National Reference Centre for Sexually Transmitted Diseases (Treponema pallidum, Chlamydia trachomatis, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Mycoplasma genitalium)
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National Reference Centre for Rickettsia and Anaplasma
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National Reference Centre for Coxiella burnetii and Bartonella
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National AIDS Reference Laboratory
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WHO Collaborating Centre for HIV/AIDS Diagnostics and Laboratory Support
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WHO Testing Laboratory
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National Reference Laboratory for Infectious and Tropical Diseases
 

DEPARTMENT OF BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES

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BCCM/ITM Mycobacteria Collection
The TBC strains from the WHO’s research and training programmes for tropical diseases are part of the collection of mycobacterial strains within the consortium of the Belgian Culture Collection of Microorganisms (BCCM), which in addition to TBC also contains Buruli ulcer strains. The public collection is hence the biggest database in the world for typing tuberculosis bacteria. The BCCM consortium was founded by the federal government in 1983 to coordinate collections of microorganisms at Belgian institutions.
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WHO TB Supranational Reference Laboratory - Coordinating Center
The Unit of Mycobacteriology tests the susceptibility of tuberculosis bacteria to drugs for various national tuberculosis programs, trains local personnel to perform the tests and ensures quality control for an international network of tuberculosis laboratories.
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OIE Reference Laboratory for Surra
The Unit of Parasite Diagnostics is an official Reference Laboratory of the World Organization for Animal Health for Trypanosoma evansi (surra disease). The laboratory produces diagnostic kits and performs reference tests on samples of animal origin destined for export (horses, dogs, camels, small ruminants). It also informs scientists and veterinarians from different countries about the diagnosis and treatment of surra.
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WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Human African Trypanosomiasis Diagnostics
The Trypanosoma Unit is a WHO Collaboration Centre for Research and Training on Human African Trypanosomiasis Diagnosis (HAT, sleeping sickness). We develop new human African trypanosomiasis diagnosis tools and provide training/support for their implementation in HAT-endemic countries. We provide technical and scientific support to WHO and assist them in strengthening capacity of national sleeping sickness control programs for HAT diagnosis and surveillance. At demand of WHO, we analyse referred samples and perform quality assessment of diagnostic activities in defined facilities.
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National Reference Laboratory for Parasites (Trichinella, Echinococcus and Anisakis)
In 2007, the Federal Food Agency expanded the mandate of the existing laboratory for trichinellosis to include echinococcosis, sarcosporidiosis and anisakiasis. Among the lab's tasks are the epidemiological surveillance of parasitical zoonoses in Belgium, the periodic evaluation of recognized routine laboratories, the organization of interlaboratory comparison studies and scientific and technical support for other labs. The laboratory is accredited by BELAC for the detection of trichinae (147-TEST) and for the organisation of the ring test (147-PT).

Certificates

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BCCM/ITM Mycobacteria Collection
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WHO TB Supranational Reference Laboratory - Coordinating Center
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OIE Reference Laboratory for Surra
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WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Human African Trypanosomiasis Diagnostics
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National Reference Laboratory for Parasites (Trichinella, Echinococcus and Anisakis)