BIRD Symposium - 28 September 2019
Raf Bisschops, MD, PhD (University Hospitals Leuven, Belgium)
University Hospitals Leuven

Karolien Boeren, MD (AZ Delta, Roeselare, Belgium)
AZ Delta, Roeselare

Anneline Cremer, MD (Hôpital Erasme ULB, Bruxelles, Belgium)
Hôpital Erasme ULB, Bruxelles
Anneline Cremer graduated from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) medical school, Belgium, in 2010. She graduated from the Erasme academic Hospital, ULB, Belgium, in Gastroenterology in 2017 with summa cum laude. Her strong interest for Gastroenterology and more specifically for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) has grown over the years.
During her last year in medical school, she spent 6 months in the Laboratory of Experimental Gastroenterology (LGE), ULB, in Brussels working on a basic immunology project. She started her clinical training in 2010, and started her Gastroenterology training in October 2013 in the Department of Gastroenterology of Tivoli Hospital (La Louvière) for six months followed by one year and a half in the Department of Gastroenterology of ULB-Erasme Hospital. She received a doctoral research fellowship (October 2015-April 2020) from the Fonds Erasme (ULB).
She also participated as co-investigator in clinical trials in the field of Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis since November 2015. She is currently working half time in clinic in the Department of Gastroenterology of ULB-Erasme Hospital and half time in the LGE on a translational IBD research project under supervision of Prof Denis Franchimont.

André D'Hoore, MD, PhD (University Hospitals Leuven, Belgium)
University Hospitals Leuven

Nicolas De Suray, MD (Grand Hôpital de Charleroi/Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc, Bruxelles, Belgium)
Grand Hôpital de Charleroi/Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc, Bruxelles
Nicolas de Suray is gastroenterologist at Saint-Joseph’s Hospital in Charleroi, and consultant in the IBD unit at Saint-Luc University Hospital in Brussels. He obtained his MD in 2003 and a master in gastroenterology in 2009 at UCLouvain. In 2007-2008, he spend one year in France at Claude Huriez Hospital, Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire of Lille, in the IBD unit as a fellow of Professor Jean-Frédéric Colombel. Between 2010 and 2012, he was consultant in the IBD unit of Lille. He is a member of ECCO and of the Belgian IBD Research Group. He is actively involved in several clinical trials and clinical researchs in IBD.

Bénédicte De Vroey, MD (Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc, Belgium)
Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc

Stefan Delen, MD (Ziekenhuis Maas en Kempen, Maaseik, Belgium)
Ziekenhuis Maas en Kempen, Maaseik
Stefan Delen (1974) graduated at KU Leuven as Medical Doctor in 1999 and as gastroenterologist in 2005. He is head of the department of Gastroenterology of Ziekenhuis Maas en Kempen in Maaseik where he is working since 2005. In this hospital he is also head of the internal day care clinic and vice –president of the medical council. He focuses mainly on inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and digestive oncology. Since 2010 until today he is also consultant at the IBD outpatient clinic of the university hospital of Leuven.

Olivier Dewit, MD, PhD (UCL Bruxelles, Belgium)
UCL Bruxelles

Peter Irving (Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals, London, UK)
Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals, London

Triana Lobaton, MD, PhD (UZ Gent, Belgium)
UZ Gent

Edouard Louis, MD, PhD (CHU Liège, Belgium)
CHU Liège
Edouard LOUIS has been Professor of Gastroenterology and Head of the Gastroenterology department at Liège University hospital since October 2010. His Scientific work contributed to more than 280 papers in international journals (H-Index 2018=63). He has been General Secretary of the Belgian Society of Gastroenterology 2005-2009, President of the Belgian IBD Research group (2008-2011), member of the Scientific Committee of the ECCO (European Crohn and Colitis Organisation) (2010-2013) and Chair of this Scientific Committee (2013-2015). He has been member of the board of the GETAID (groupe d’étude thérapeutique des affections inflammatoires digestives) (2004-ongoing), president and vice-president of the GETAID (2012-2015 and 2015-2018). He is Associate Editor of Journal of Crohn’s and Colitis (2018-ongoing).

Harald Peeters, MD, PhD (AZ Sint-Lucas, Gent, Belgium)
AZ Sint-Lucas, Gent
Harald Peeters is a gastroenterologist in the hospital AZ Sint-Lucas in Gent and part-time associate professor at Ghent University. His main interests are IBD and therapeutic endoscopy. He is a member of BIRD (Educom) and ECCO. In the Sint-Lucas IBD clinic he is involved in national and international clinical trials in IBD. He is reviewer for several international peer-reviewed journals as well as for ECCO and UEGW abstracts.

Jean-François Rahier, MD, PhD (CHU UCL Namur, Belgium)

Gerhard Rögler, MD, PhD (USZ, Zürich, Switserland)
USZ, Switserland

Dirk Staessen, MD (GZA, Antwerpen, Belgium)
GZA, Antwerpen

Catherine Van Kemseke, MD, PhD (CHU Liège, Belgium)
CHU Liège
Catherine Van Kemseke is Professor of Clinic and Head of Clinic in the Gastroenterology Department in the University Hospital of Liège.
She completed her medical doctorate and her specialist training in the University of Liège till 1998. She obtained a Ph.D. in medical sciences in 2002 with a thesis on serologic markers in Crohn’s disease.
She is part of several scientific associations including the SRBGE (Société Royale Belge de Gastroentérologie), the BIRD (Belgian Intestinal Research and Development group) and the SNFCP (Société Nationale Française de Coloproctologie).
She is for the third year the General Secretary of SRBGE and she occupies the position of President of French Gastroenterology Commission Agreement.
Her main centres of interest are proctology and inflammatory bowel diseases. For this part, she is working in the IMID Centre with Professor Edouard Louis.

Stijn Vanden Branden, MD (Onze Lieve Vrouwziekenhuis Aalst, Belgium)
Onze Lieve Vrouwziekenhuis Aalst

Stephanie Verschuere, MD, PhD (AZ Delta, Roeselare, Belgium)
AZ Delta, Roeselare
Stephanie Verschuere graduated as a medical doctor in 2005 at Ghent University. In 2012, she obtained a PhD on the subject of the effect of cigarette smoke on mucosal immunity of the terminal ileum. She graduated in 2014 as a pathologist after an internship in UZ Gent and AZ Sint Jan Brugge.
After a residency in AZ sint Jan Brugge, she started working as pathologist in AZ Delta and Sint Andries Tielt in 2016, with special interest in the pathology of the gastrointestinal tract and in urological pathology. She is an active member of several national pathology working groups. Since 2017, she participates in the multidisciplinary team meetings IBD at AZ Delta.

Bram Verstockt, MD (University Hospitals Leuven, Belgium)
University Hospitals Leuven
Bram Verstockt (° 09/01/1988), MD, graduated medical school at the KU Leuven, Belgium, in 2013. During his medical training, he performed an internship at the Mater Dei Hospital, Malta. Under the supervision of prof. W. Peetermans, he started his specialist training in Internal Medicine in 2013. In 2015, he partially interrupted his residency in Gastroenterology and Hepatology to start his PhD ‘Predicting outcome in inflammatory bowel diseases, a multi-omics approach – Creating opportunities for personalised medicine’, which he will defendin September 2019. During the first year of his PhD he worked at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom in the lab of Ken smith.
His research mainly focusses on the development of predictive and prognostic markers for a more personalised medicine in IBD. He held a PhD fellowship at the Flemish Foundation for Scientific Research (FWO Vlaanderen) and received research grants from the European Crohn’s and Colitis organisation (ECCO), the Helmsley foundation, the Belgian Inflammatory Bowel Disease Research and Development Group (BIRD), the Belgian Week of Gastroenterology (BWGE) and the Flemish Association for Crohn and Colitis patients (CCV VZW). Currently he finishes his residency in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the University Hospitals Leuven.

Barbara Willandt, MD (AZ Sint-Jan, Brugge, Belgium)
AZ Sint-Jan, Brugge