BIRD Symposium IBD Update May 25th 2019
Farida Benhadou, MD (Hôpital Erasme ULB, Bruxelles, Belgium)
Hôpital Erasme ULB, Bruxelles

Anne Bertrand (CHR de la Citadelle, Liège, Belgium)
Centre Hospitalier Régional de la Citadelle, Liège

Thomas Billiet, MD, PhD (UZ Leuven, Belgium)
UZ Leuven

Patricia Geens (UZ Leuven, Belgium)
UZ Leuven
Patricia Geens, graduated in 1989 at the Sint-Elisabeth Institute for Nursing in Leuven, Belgium. After nursing school she got a university degree in Hospital Sciences in 1993. For many years she worked at the Imelda hospital in Bonheiden mainly as a nurse on the intensive care unit and from 2003 until 2013 as an IBD studycoordinator. In 2013 she started working as IBD nurse. In august 2016 she joined the Leuven IBD team as second IBD nurse/consulent. She is long time member of ECCO and N-ECCO where she was responsible in organizing the N-ECCO school for several years.
She was also one of the pioneers of BINA (Belgian IBD Nurses Association) in 2011. BINA merged with the IBD study coordinators into BINAstoria, where she has a liaison function with the pharma industry. In August 2018 she became IBD nurse specialist at UZ Leuven.
Sofie Himpe (AZ Groeninge, Kortrijk, Belgium)
AZ Groeninge, Kortrijk

Eveline Hoefkens (AZ Imelda, Bonheiden, Belgium)
AZ Imelda, Bonheiden

Jela Illegems (UZA, Antwerpen, Belgium)
UZA, Antwerpen

Lieven Pouillon, MD (AZ Imelda, Bonheiden, Belgium)
AZ Imelda, Bonheiden
Lieven Pouillon graduated as a Medical Doctor in 2011 at the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium), and finished his training as a Gastroenterologist in 2017, at the University Hospital Leuven (Belgium). His Master’s thesis (promotor: Prof. Dr. S. Vermeire) investigated the long-term outcome of the Trough Concentration Adapted Infliximab Treatment (TAXIT) trial. After finishing his internship, he fullfilled a 1-year fellowship at the IBD department of Prof. Dr. L. Peyrin-Biroulet in Nancy (France), where he participated both in clinical practice and in clinical research. Since August 2018, he started working as a full time staff member at the Department of Gastroenterology in Imeldaziekenhuis Bonheiden (Belgium), more specifically at the IBD Clinic and the GI Clinical Research Centre, one of the most dynamic and actively recruiting IBD research centres of Europe. So far, he has published > 25 peer-reviewed articles, of which > 15 as a first author. 

An Sterckx (OLV Aalst, Belgium)
OLV Aalst

Frederika Van Dyck (UZA, Antwerpen, Belgium)
UZA, Antwerpen

Philippe Van Hootegem, MD (AZ Sint-Lucas, Brugge, Belgium)
AZ Sint-Lucas, Brugge
Philippe Van Hootegem, MD, was trained in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology at the University of Leuven (Belgium), where he was one of the first fellows of Prof.Paul Rutgeerts, and additionally in ERCP at the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam (Prof.Guido Tytgat and Prof.Kees Huibregtse).
He is a consultant gastroenterologist at the Sint-Lucas General Hospital in Brugge (Bruges, Belgium) since 1986, where he is now Head of the Department of Gastroentero-hepatology and chairman of the Internal Medicine group. His major interests in gastroenterology are Inflammatory Bowel Diseases and interventional endoscopy.
Since 2003 he is an Associated Professor at the Medical Faculty of the University in Leuven, where he is involved in clinical teaching of undergraduate students and fellows in training for gastroenterology.
He is Past-President of the Flemish Association for Gastroenterology and member of several national and international gastroenterological associations.
One of his hobbies is the study of History, especially the History of Medicine.

Anne Vijverman, MD (CHR de la Citadelle, Liège, Belgium)
Centre Hospitalier Régional de la Citadelle, Liège
Anne Vijverman is graduated from the University of Liège (ULg) medical school, Belgium, in 2005.
She graduated from ULg, Belgium, in Gastroenterology in 2011 with magna cum laude.
Her strong interest for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and for interventional endoscopy has grown over the year. In 2012, she followed and obtained with success DIU on IBD of University of Lille, France. In 2013, she obtained Radioprotection Certificate from ULg, Belgium. She is involved in clinical studies about Crohn Disease and Ulcerative Colitis since 2014 as Co-Investigator and Principal Investigator.
She is currently employed at the Public Hospital of CHR Citadelle in Liège, Belgium since September 2011.
Her main activity is focused on IBD, endoscopy including endoscopic ultrasound(EUS) and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP).

Patsy Vlieghe (AZ Sint-Lucas, Brugge, Belgium)
AZ Sint-Lucas, Brugge

Present position:

Since 01/1996: Support Pacemaker outpatient clinic: analysis

Since 10/2014: Study nurse for gastro-intestinal studies and IBD nurse



     Graduaat in de Verpleegkunde (1982): St Jansinstituut voor Verpleegkunde, Brugge


Previous position:

   12/1982 – 03/1989: Nurse at Neurology and Cardiology, AZ St Lucas Brugge.

03/1989 – 09/1996: Coronary care Unit , AZ St Lucas Brugge Nurse

09/1996 – 10/2014: Nurse “Functieafdeling” AZ St Lucas Brugge (Responsible for assistance with investigations: endoscopy, spirometry, ECG, ….)

Valérie Wambacq (Hôpital Erasme ULB, Bruxelles, Belgium)
Hôpital Erasme ULB, Bruxelles