Who we are

ParaCalc® is maintained by a team of researchers connected to the Laboratory of Parasitology, Ghent University.

This team is responsible for the daily running and scientific quality of the provided tools.

We are indebted to many other persons who have contributed their knowledge and experience and they include:
Mia Brankaer, Janina Demeler (Freie Universität Berlin), Piet De Roose, Andy Forbes, Henk Hogeveen (University of Wageningen), Tom Meyns (Merial) and Stefaan Ribbens (DGZ Vlaanderen).

The team consists of:

Jozef Vercruysse, Professor

Jozef is since 1983 head of the Laboratory of Parasitology at Ghent University (Belgium) and his research topics are the diagnosis, epidemiology, treatment and control of helminth infections of both of lifestock and humans (tropics). He is coordinator of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Collaboration Centre for the monitoring of anthelmintic drug efficacy for soil-transmitted helminthiasis since 2007.

Johannes Charlier, PhD

Johannes is senior researcher in the Laboratory of Parasitology, Ghent University. His research on the epidemiology, economics and control of worm infections in cattle has resulted in several scientific awards. Johannes was the founder of ParaCalc® and strives to improve parasite control routines by assessing their impact on productivity and economics.

Bruno Levecke, PhD

Bruno is senior researcher in the Laboratory of Parasitology, Ghent University and a co-investigator in the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for assessing drug efficacy of soil-transmitted helminths. His current research focuses on the diagnosis, epidemiology and control of human soil-transmitted helminths in Latin America, Asia and Africa.

Brecht Devleesschauwer, MSc

Brecht is doctoral researcher in the Laboratory of Parasitology, Ghent University and the Institute of Health and Society, Université Catholique de Louvain. His research focuses on the health and economic impact of animal and public health threats. Brecht is author and maintainer of different R packages for disease burden assessment, and has developed the R back end of ParaCalc®.

Mariska van der Voort, Msc

Mariska is doctoral researcher at the Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research of Flanders in collaboration with the Laboratory of Parasitology and the Department of Agricultural Economics, Ghent University. Her PhD is about farm-specific economic-epidemiological decision support in dairy farming. The aim is to make economic optimal management decisions on gastrointestinal nematode infections.

Sien Verschave, DVM

Sien is a doctoral researcher at the Laboratory of Parasitology, Ghent University. She is interested in how parasite epidemiology and worm control are affected by climate change and modern dairy farming practices. Her work involves mathematical modelling of gastro-intestinal nematodes in cattle. As veterinarian, she aims to create a practical tool to support decision-making in parasite control programmes.

Fiona Vande Velde, MSc

Fiona Vande Velde is a doctoral researcher in the Laboratory of Parasitology and the research group CEPEC at the Faculty of Communication sciences, Ghent University. Her research focuses on effective communication strategies to farmers for a responsible use of anthelmintics in ruminants by stimulating the use of diagnostic tools, like ParaCalc®.