Hazard assessment of genotoxicants.

Project Details


This project constitutes of a matching fund on several national and international programmes focussing on the variation in genotype and phenotype, cell division pathways, cell death and genetic changes relevant for the increase of cancer in human. Genotoxicity tests assess the induction of DNA damage, gene mutations, structural and numerical chromosome aberrations. Their predictivity for cancer induction is supported by international studies relating mutations and activation of cancer related genes, and the induction of chromosome aberrations in lymphocytes with increased frequency of cancer. The genotoxicity tests and genotyping are used to study the mechanisms of action of mutagens/carcinogens (e.g. indirect mechanisms of genotoxicity by interference with spindle proteins, DNA repair enzymes and cellular trafficking), on development of predictive human genetic susceptibility biomarkers by combining genotyping and integrated phenotyping, on the assessment of potentially more susceptible sub-groups (e.g. stem cells and children) and on the risk of occupational/environmental exposure to newly developed material (e.g. nanotoxicology)
Effective start/end date1/01/1031/12/11

Flemish discipline codes

  • Biological sciences
  • Health sciences


  • genotoxicty
  • Biology