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Human Biology and Toxicology Unit


Head of Unit: Dr Jean-Marie COLET

University of Mons
“Pentagone” Wing 2A
Avenue du Champs de Mars, 6
7000 Mons (BELGIUM)

Tel.: + 32 (0) 65 373506 Fax: + 32 (0) 650373526


Unit Composition


Dr Jean-Marie Colet, associate professor
Dr Brigitte Capron, part-time lecturer

Scientific Staff:

Manuel Podrecca, doctoral candidate, assistant
Conotte Raphael, doctoral candidate
Tagliatti Vanessa, doctoral candidate

Technical staff:

Delsinne Virginia, head research officer
Kahvecioglu Zehra-Cagla, first research officer (Bachelor in Clinical Chemistry with a minor in Medical Biology)

Collaboration with the following undergraduate students:

De Luca Deborah
Volbout Alison
Gossens Corentine
Lipani Estelle
Paquet Jean-Philippe
Taranto Noella
Saint-Jean Coralie
Conotte Stéphanie

Main Activities:

The Department is in charge of first year lectures and human biology lab work supervision as well as lectures on Toxicology and Pharmacology at the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy and at the Faculty of Science. The department also conducts research activities in the field of predictive toxicology, primarily involving the use of metabonomics in in vitro and in vivo animal models.

Services offered to third parties:

  • Preclinical toxicological assessment;
  • Analysis of metabolic disturbances caused by drug, disease, or toxic substance;
  • Identification of toxicity marker metabolite for early detection of drug candidates which will cause undesirable effects.

Recent Publications:

  • Euromar 2008, Saint-Petersbourg, Russia, 6 July 11th, 2008. Vectorization of Iron Oxide Nanoparticles with a Neuron-Penetrating RVG Peptide: An Attempt to Cross the Blood Brain Barrier. JM. Collet, S. Boutry, S. Laurent, L. Vander Elst, RN. Muller. Abstract book, p.262
  • Introductory classes held within the framework of the scientific workshop: 'Advances in Metabolic Profiling', training course, London, United Kingdom, October 17th, 2006
  • Seventh Day of the FNRS/YBMRS Contact group. Use of Metabonomics and Contrast-Enhanced Relaxometry in pre-clinical assessment of drug toxicity. Brussels, Belgium, November 21st, 2008