FURARN The Flanders-UNIDO Risk Assessment Research Network (FURARN) is an international coordination action project funded by the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO Vlaanderen) and UNIDO. The aim of the network is to bring together scientists and biosafety experts with complementary expertise in fields allowing the assessment of the potential risk of a GMO.

As a networking institute and focal point bringing together different disciplines in the field of biotechnology and biosafety, the Institute of Plant Biotechnology for Developing Countries (IPBO) acts as the coordinator of the FURARN network.

FURARN Objectives

The specific objective of the research network is to develop a computer-based system that will:

  • allow the systematic input and analysis of data relevant to risk assessment
  • enable the characterization and evaluation of risks

The software will be an invaluable tool for risk assessment by:

  • allowing regulators to test risk hypotheses through an interactive software interface
  • enabling operational linkages between databases relevant to the risk assessment process (e.g. regulatory, toxicological, ecological, and environmental)
  • providing for an assessment of the potential risks of a GM product at its conception thereby informing on the need for project adaptation,saving time and money

FURARN Contacts

Prof. Dr. Godelieve Gheysen: FURARN coordinator

Director of the Institute of Plant Biotechnology for Developing Countries( IPBO)
Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Ghent University
Dpt. Molecular Biotechnology, Head of Applied Molecular Genetics research group
Coupure links 653, B-9000 Gent
Tel.: +32 9 264 58 88; Fax.: +32 9 264 62 19

Dr. Ine Pertry: daily network coordination

IPBO, Dpt. of Plant Biotechnology and Genetics, Ghent University
K.L. Ledeganckstraat 35, B-9000 Gent, Belgium
Tel: +32 9 264 52 03; Fax.: +32 9 264 87 95

List of FURARN Members