BIRD Symposium IBD Update May 25th 2019
Farida Benhadou, MD (Hôpital Erasme ULB, Bruxelles, Belgium)
Hôpital Erasme ULB, Bruxelles
• Dermatologist at Erasme Hospital since 2009
• PhD Thesis in psoriasis
• Field of expertise:
      - Skin manifestations associated to IBD
      - Systemic disease
      - Chronic inflammatory disease
      - Immuno-allergology
      - Hidradenitis suppurativa
      - Wound healing

Anne Bertrand (CHR de la Citadelle, Liège, Belgium)
Centre Hospitalier Régional de la Citadelle, Liège
Since 1988, Anne Bertrand is a hospital graduate nurse from the Armand Weber School in Verviers. In 1992, she was graduated from the Catholic University of Louvain in hospital and medico-social sciences. In 2017, she also obtained a certificate of teaching skills at the Saint-Laurent Institute in Liège.
She worked as a nurse at the Yellow and White Cross home care of Malmedy and at Saint-Luc University Clinics in Brussels. She also worked at CHC (Clinique Notre Dame in Waremme and Clinique Saint-Joseph in Liège). She was a Head Nurse from 1995 until 2012 in CHC Clinique Saint-Joseph in Liège. Her main professional experience concerns surgery.
She has been employed as a nurse in 2013 by the Public Hospital CHR Citadelle in Liège. Currently, she is a study coordinator in nephrology-dialysis and gastroenterology within the clinical research team since October 2016. She also became an IBD nurse since February 2018.
NB: All cities mentioned above are located in Belgium.

Thomas Billiet, MD, PhD (AZ Groeninge, Kortrijk, Belgium)
AZ Groeninge, Kortrijk
Thomas Billiet (born in Leuven on 29th of april 1984) obtained his medical degree in 2009 at the KU Leuven University. He continued his training in internal medicine and gastroenterology & hepatology at the University Hospitals of Leuven, which he completed in 2018. He is currently doing a fellowship in advanced endoscopy at the University Hospitals of Leuven.
During his specialty training, he completed a doctoral thesis in the IBD Leuven group under the supervision of professor Séverine Vermeire. He investigated prediction of response to anti-TNF agents in patients with inflammatory bowel disease and wrote several original research papers in high impact journals.
Thomas Billiet lives in Bruges, is married, and has three daughters.

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
I started in 2008 as a parttime study nurse gastro-enterology ( IBD, oncology and hepato ) and parttime as a nurse in the one day care in AZ Groeninge. Before I was working 11 years as nurse and head nurse in a home for elderly.
Since the start I had a big interest in IBD. 4 years ago I started then full time as studynurse IBD and IBD nurse.

Eveline Hoefkens (AZ Imelda, Bonheiden, Belgium)
AZ Imelda, Bonheiden
Eveline Hoefkens is IBD nurse at the Imelda hospital Bonheiden since September 2017. She graduated in nursing from the Thomas More, Lier in 2015. Before she worked 3 years at the IBD Leuven research lab. From October 2018 she is president of the Belgian IBD nurses and study coordinators association (BINAstoria).
Jela Illegems (UZA, Antwerpen, Belgium)
UZA, Antwerpen
Jela Illegems has worked as a clinical psychologist for more than ten years. She is a behavioural therapist at the Centre for Behavioural Therapy of Fatigue and Functional Symptoms at the University Hospital of Antwerp (UZA). Psychosomatic medicine focuses on the mutual relationships between body and mind. Jela is fascinated by this field because it aims to bridge the gap between the human body and psyche, which are inextricably linked. She works within a biological, psychological and social framework according to the principles of cognitive behavioural therapy. At the centre, she treats persons with psychosomatic syndromes (such as chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia) and offers guidance to patients with chronic inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), functional gastrological symptoms and pelvic problems.

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. 

Frederika Van Dyck (UZA, Antwerpen, Belgium)
UZA, Antwerpen
Graduated nurse (1993)
Sub-part: general nurse
Sint Norbertusinstituut, Rooienberg, Duffel.
ICH GCP Training (13 December 2013)
Boeringer Ingelheim
Antwerp University Hospital (08/1993-09/2016)
Division of Internal medicine, Gastroenterology
Antwerp University Hospital (09/2017- 05/2014 )
Study nurse (experience in phase 2a/2b , phase 3 and 4 trials)
Antwerp University Hospital (since 05/2014)
Gastroenterology Hepatology
Advisory board Binastoria – president working group symposium/ IBD nurse

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
I have been working at the Erasme hospital since September 1991. I started working at the gastro-enterological medical-surgical unit until December 1999. From January 2000 to April 2008 I worked for the endoscopy (gastro-uro-pneumo) department. As from April 2008, I started as as IBD nurse combined with IBD Study Nurse since 2012 (from 2012 until 01/2018 as lead and since February 2018 as back-up).
National Representative of Belgium for Necco from 2010 until 2016.
BINA (Belgian IBD Nurses Association) : Creation + Steering committee in 2011 , 2017 BINA merged with the IBD study coordinators in BINAstoria : liaison with the French speaking nurses