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European Commission - Joint Research Centre

European Commission - Joint Research Centre

#25 - Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements

Dr. Heinz Schimmel


Team Leader: Dr. Heinz Schimmel
Retieseweg 111
Geel, 2440, Belgium
Contact: Dr. Heinz Schimmel
Tel: +32 14 571 720
Fax: +32 14 571 548
Institute website:

Main area of research

  • TSE post and ante mortem test evaluations on behalf of the European Commission
  • Development and provision of reference materials for quality control
  • Development of reference methods for Life Science

Research Team

  • Researchers: 1
  • Technicians: 2
  • Postdocs: 1
  • PhD/MD Students: -

Facilities and Equipment

  • Laboratories: BSL1, BSL2, BSL3
  • General equipment: Microbiology, Immunology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Molecular biology, Histology, Imaging
  • Special equipment: Reference materials production facilities, medium to large scale processing and filling devices, clean rooms

Main references

  • W. Philipp, D. Groth, K. Giles, P. Vodrazka, H. Schimmel, M. Feyssaguet, R. Toomik, P. Schacher, A. Osman, I. Lachmann, A. Wear, J. Arsac, S. Prusiner, Transgenic mouse brains for evaluation and quality control of BSE tests. Biological Chemistry , 388 (2007), 349-354
  • Deslys JP, Comoy E, Hawkins S, Simon S, Schimmel H, Wells G, Grassi J, Moynagh J. Screening slaughtered cattle for BSE. Nature. 2001 Jan 25;409(6819):476-8.
  • J. Grassi, E. Comoy, S. Simon, C. Créminon, Y. Frobert, S. Trapmann, H. Schimmel, S.A.C. Hawkins, J. Moynagh, J.P. Deslys and G.A.H. Wells, Preclinical postmortem diagnosis of BSE in central nervous system tissue using a rapid test. Veterinary Record (2001), 149, 577-582
  • J. Moynagh, H. Schimmel The evaluation of tests for the diagnosis of Transmissible Spongiform Encepalopathies in bovines. Nature, 400, 8 July 1999, 105
  • Various TSE post mortem and ante mortem test evaluation reports accessible via DG SANCO, EFSA and IRMM web pages.

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