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 is shared between the Department of Clinical Sciences and Biomedical Sciences. It is involved in the diagnosis and surveillance of retroviral disorders and illnesses transmitted via the blood, in particular HIV and HTLV-I/II. It provides expert advice, reference services, quality control, research and training in this field.
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National Reference Laboratory for Infectious and Tropical Diseases
The Central Laboratory for Clinical Biology 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.
The laboratory develops and evaluates molecular diagnostic tests, evaluates the quality of commercial test kits, (co)-organises external quality controls, collects data on several pathogenic micro-organisms, takes part in working groups of the High Council for Health and in national and international research.
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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 animals 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 Unit of Parasite Diagnostics is a WHO Collaboration Centre for Research and Training on Human African Trypanosomiasis Diagnosis (sleeping sickness). We carry out reference diagnostic tests on demand. We provide training to health personnel from Non Governmental Organisations, both at ITM and in the field. We assist in the International Course on African Trypanosomes organised by the WHO in Africa.
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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.
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FAO Reference Centre for Animal Trypanosomosis and its Vectors
ITM was recognised in 2007 by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization as a Reference Centre for the diagnosis and parasite control of sleeping sickness in livestock (FAO Reference Centre for Livestock Trypanosomiasis:  Parasite Management and Diagnosis). We provide advice worldwide about the diagnosis, follow-up and management of animal trypanosomiasis, including the development of drug resistance in the parasite.
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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)
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FAO Reference Centre for Animal Trypanosomosis and its Vectors