Kick-off IOF Cross-Health platform

The Cross-Health platform officially kicked off on 14/10/2020 via its livestream for AUGent researchers and presented the benefits of interdisciplinary research across species and technologies.

We look back at 2 livestreams with an inspiring keynote on bio-inspired thinking out of the cross-disciplinary box, high-level presentations of experts and interesting questions from an interdisciplinary audience (biologists, biomedical scientists, biotechnologists, chemists, data scientists, engineers, mathematicians, nurses, pharmacists, physicians, psychologists, veterinarians and other). We also would like to thank the host (Moose-Stache) for their contribution to the kick-off.

Recordings and behind-the-scene photos of the livestreams

Remaining Q&A listed as of 2:09:58.

The break in livestream 1 is from 53:01-58:22, in livestream 2 from 53:08-58:30.

We hope that the informative presentations and ideas of each of the experts could be of value to you and your work.
Thank you for your interest and we look forward to welcome you at one of our future activities.

With kind regards,
The Cross-Health platform team

This event was sponsored by the Industrial Research Fund (IOF)

Full program

Welcome & Keynote Lecture

  • Welcome and introduction

Frank Gasthuys and Piet Hoebeke (Deans Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences)

  • Introduction Cross-Health kick-off

Sven Arnouts (business developer PROVAXS)

  • Keynote on Bio-inspired thinking out of the cross-disciplinary box

Dominique Adriaens (Evolutionary Morphology of Vertebrates) and Daphne Fecheyr-Lippens (Nature-centered designer)


Program of livestream on pathogens, immunity and modeling – moderated by Frank Gasthuys

  • Invitation for interdisciplinary collaboration – antimicrobial resistance

Yves Briers, Jan De Waele, Jeroen Dewulf, Tom Coenye, Els Van Mechelen (Faculty of Bioscience engineering, Ghent University Hospital, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Research Center Health and Water Technology HOGENT)

  • Antimicrobial use and resistance in animals in a One Health perspective

Jeroen Dewulf (Unit for Veterinary Epidemiology)

  • How Pairwise Learning can Save the World

Michiel Stock (KERMIT)


  • Targeting to aminopeptidase N as a gateway through the gut barrier

Bert Devriendt (Department of Virology, Parasitology and Immunology)

  • The conventional pig as (juvenile) animal model for biomedical research

Siska Croubels (Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology and Biochemistry)

  • Revolutionary diagnostics for a better control of infections in animals and humans and zoonoses

Hans Nauwynck (Department of Virology, Parasitology and Immunology)


  • Cross-Health platform: goals and activities

Laetitia Cicchelero (Cross-Health platform coordinator)


Program of livestream on oncology, genetic overlap between species, anxiety, wearables and medical devices in cardiology – moderated by Piet Hoebeke

  • Invitation for interdisciplinary collaboration – the Veterinary Oncology Network

Hilde de Rooster (Small Animal Department)

  • How the study of spontaneous osteosarcoma in dogs aids dogs as well as children

Hilde de Rooster (Small Animal Department)

  • Mutual genetic mutations between species and their implications

Bart Broeckx (Department of Genetics, Nutrition and Ethology)


  • How anxiety disorders in humans inform dogs and vice versa

Kathelijne Peremans, Chris Baeken, Robrecht Dockx, Yangfeng Xu, Sara De Witte

(Department of Medical Imaging of Companion Animals, Department of Head and Skin)

  • Rigid and flexible microelectrode arrays and their health applications

Jan Vanfleteren (Center for Microsystems Technology)

  • Medical device development: an example of human-equine medical tech transfer in cardiology

Gunther van Loon (Department of Internal Disease of Large Companion Animals)


  • Cross-Health platform: goals and activities

Laetitia Cicchelero (Cross-Health platform coordinator)