Modelling Taenia saginata epidemiology and control in Belgium

Famke Jansen
Faculteit Diergeneeskunde
Vakgroep Virologie, Parasitologie en Immunologie
Famke Jansen holds a bachelor (University Hasselt) and master (University Antwerp) degree in Biology. She started working as a laboratory technician in the Veterinary department of the Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) in 2010. At first, she was involved in serological research on helminths, cell cultures and infection and transfection experiments on Theileria parva. Later, she switched to research on ticks and tick-borne diseases. She was trained in molecular techniques and had the opportunity to go on several tick-collecting trips in Africa. She organised training of laboratory techniques to master students. In 2014, she became assistant in the Unit of Veterinary Epidemiology at ITM. She worked on several projects, including the HARMVECT project for the development of a generic tool to determine the risk for invasive vectors coming into Belgium. She was trained on statistical programs R, Rstudio and STATA and on LaTeX. She started her PhD in 2016. She also continued working on the HARMVECT project and participated in modelling projects concerning Rift Valley Fever in Tanzania and Brucellosis in Ecuador. She undertook several courses to broaden her knowledge about epidemiology and modelling, e.g. `Quantitative veterinary epidemiology and risk analysis', `Differential equations' and `Agent-based modelling'. During her PhD she gave several oral and poster presentations at international conferences and was able to publish many of her results obtained for her PhD and for other projects
Academische graad
Doctor in de Diergeneeskundige wetenschappen
Taal proefschrift
Prof. dr. Pierre Dorny Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University; Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp Prof. dr. Dirk Berkvens Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Ghent University; Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp Prof. dr. Sarah Gabriël Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University
Prof. dr. Luc Duchateau Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University Chairman of the Examination Committee Prof. dr. Edwin Claerebout Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University Secretary of the Examination Committee Prof. dr. Wim Verbeke Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Ghent University Prof. dr. Bertrand Losson Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Liège Prof. Dr. Laura Rinaldi Department of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Production, University of Naples

Korte beschrijving

Bovine cysticercosis (BCC), caused by the metacestode larval stages of the beef tapeworm Taenia saginata, is currently diagnosed by official meat inspection (MI) based on macroscopic detection of cysticerci. MI has a known low sensitivity, leading to a large proportion of infected cattle carcasses entering the human food chain and posing a risk to public health. Prevalence in Belgium based on MI results is estimated at 0.23%. Due to the low sensitivity of MI, alternative techniques to detect BCC should be considered. The objectives of this thesis are to determine the true prevalence of BCC and the economic impact related to T. saginata in Belgium, defining the test characteristics of currently used tools and determining the effect of an improved detection technique for BCC at slaughter on the prevalence of BCC and taeniosis and on the economic impact.


Maandag 5 november 2018, 16:00
Auditorium D, Salisburylaan 133, 9820 Merelbeke

The defense will be followed by a walking dinner.