Geert Verbeke

Geert Verbeke is Professor in Biostatistics at the University of Leuven (KU Leuven) and University of Hasselt (U Hasselt) in Belgium. He received the M.S. degree in mathematics (1989) from KU Leuven, the M.S. in biostatistics (1992) from U Hasselt, and earned a Ph.D. in biostatistics (1995) from KU Leuven. Geert Verbeke has published extensively on various aspects of mixed models for longitudinal data analyses about which he co-authored and co-edited several text books. He held visiting positions at the Gerontology Research Center and the Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD), was International Program Chair for the International Biometric Conference in Montreal (2006), Joint Editor of the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series A (2005-2008), and Co-editor of Biometrics (2010-2012). He served on a variety of committees of the International Biometric Society, is elected Fellow of the American Statistical Association and Elected Member of the International Statistical Institute. He was elected international representative in the Board of Directors of the American Statistical Association (2008- 2010) and council member of the Royal Statistical Society (2013-2016). Geert Verbeke has earned Excellence in Continuing Education Awards in 2002, 2004, 2008, and 2011 for short courses taught at the Joint Statistical Meetings of the American Statistical Association. He received the International Biometric Society Award for the best Biometrics paper in 2006 and received accreditation as professional statistician by the American Statistical Association (2010-2016). He served as Chair of the KU Leuven Statistics Research Centre (2015-2017), is currently Director of the KU Leuven Biostatistics Research Unit and Chair of the KU Leuven Department of Public and Primary Care (2014-2020), and has been elected President of the International Biometric Society (2020-2021).

Paul Van Royen

Paul Van Royen is Professor of Family Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at UAntwerp. At the Department of Primary Health and Interdisciplinary Care he developed a research centre with strong expertise in qualitative research and several research lines, each developing projects, collaboration and a growing output. He has been involved in a number of different international projects funded by the European Community (Forum, Improve, TRANSFoRm). He has authored over 150 articles in peer-reviewed journals.

Annelies Van Rie

Annelies Van Rie (MD, PhD) is a Professor at the Department of Epidemiology and Social Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at UAntwerp, Full Professor at the Department of Epidemiology in the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, and a Senior Member of the Epidemiology for Global Health Institute at UAntwerp. She has over 20 years of experience in clinical and epidemiological research in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, predominantly in the fields of tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS.

Jeroen Vanoirbeek

Jeroen Vanoirbeek is an Associate Professor at the Department of Public Health and Primary Care in the Centre of Environment and Health at KU Leuven. He has two main research interests: 1) occupational and environmental hygiene and toxicology, with a focus on exposure assessment and biomonitoring; and 2) experimental lung immune-toxicology, in which the sensitizing capacity of chemicals is investigated. He is Programme Director of Continuing Education in Occupational Hygiene and teaches occupational hygiene and occupational health effects.

Wendy Van Lippevelde

Dr Wendy Van Lippevelde is a postdoctoral researcher at the Public Health, Sport and Nutrition Department of the University of Agder (Norway) and a visiting professor at the Public Health Department of Ghent University (Belgium). She graduated as a Master of Science in Health Promotion and Education in 2008 and finished her PhD in Social Health Sciences in 2012, receiving the Dr. Luc Broeckaert and Mrs Annie Depreeuw prize for preventive medicine. Her research focuses on health promotion throughout the life course with a focus on the preconception, early life and childhood phase, and on the identification of individual and environmental predictors of child and parental health status and energy balance-related behaviours. She is also a member of the executive committee of the International Society of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA), the leading voice in behavioural nutrition and physical activity science.

Bernard Vanheusden

Bernard Vanheusden is a Professor of Environmental Law at UHasselt. He obtained his PhD in 2007 at KU Leuven on the legal framework for the redevelopment of brownfield sites. He lectures on national as well as European and international environmental law. His research mainly focuses on clean tech law (licensing, soil remediation, waste/materials management, wastewater, renewable energy, environmental impact assessment, brownfield redevelopment, land use etc.). He is Associate Editor of the Journal for European Environmental & Planning Law (JEEPL) and Editor-in-Chief of the Belgian journal Milieu- en Energierecht (Environmental and Energy Law), and he is a member of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law. He is one of the initiators and a member of the Managing Board of the European Environmental Law Forum (EELF). He is also a member of the Hasselt Bar.

Guido Van Hal

Guido Van Hal is a Professor (50%) and Research Leader (50%) at the Research Group on ‘Social Epidemiology and Health Policy’ in the Department of Epidemiology and Social Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at UAntwerp. His expertise includes substance use and misuse in different groups, such as minors, students, elderly people, arrestees and sex workers, cancer screening (breast, colorectal, lung and cervical cancer) and health promotion. He has co-authored over 100 A1 publications.

Jean-Pierre Van Geertruyden

Jean-Pierre Van geertruyden is coordinating the Global Health Institute at UAntwerp since October 2009. He worked for over a decade as a clinician and a manager in several humanitarian and disease control projects in Low & Middle Income Countries, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa, with WHO and Médecins Sans Frontières. His academic career started at the Institute for Tropical Medicine (Antwerp), where he was involved in malaria and HIV research and teaching activities. His main expertise lies in biostatistical support, designing and implementing (clinical) epidemiological study designs and conducting clinical trials (Phase 1-2-3). (Development of) molecular tools are incorporated in the majority of his studies. Apart from Malaria related research (main expertise), he has set up research lines on NCDs, cancer diagnosis & treatment, vaccine development, etc. with colleagues with complementary expertise.

Steven Van Garsse

Steven Van Garsse obtained his PhD from UAntwerp on the topic of concessions. He is a renowned expert on public procurement law and public–private partnerships (PPPs). For almost 10 years he headed the Flemish Government’s PPP centre and was involved in most major PPP projects in Flanders/Belgium. At present he is Vice-Chair of the UNECE Team of Specialists on PPP and president of several dispute resolution/arbitration boards. He is an Associate Professor at UHasselt, teaching administrative law and public law. At UAntwerp he lectures on government contracts. He is a member of the Brussels Bar, Equator Advocaten.

Nan Torfs

Nan Torfs is a Full Professor at UHasselt’s School of Law. She teaches mostly in the Faculty of Economics and the Faculty of Mobility. There she teaches Law subjects to non-Law students. Her research also focuses on a multi-disciplinary approach to the law. She obtained her PhD from KU Leuven in 1991 on the topic of divorce and pensions, which also covered individual and global insurance.


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