As an experienced biomedical scientist with a broad knowledge of neuroscience and six years of experience in functional neuro-imaging studies on human subjects, I thoroughly enjoy working in an international and multidisciplinary environment and am driven by an avid interest in healthcare, technology and innovation. I'm always eager to learn new technologies. and to obtain new expertise.
I am now seeking a new professional challenge with growth potential, both professionally and personally.
Since October 2014
Title: "Interactions between ghrelinergic gut-brain signals and the brain opioidergic system in the regulation of meal volume tolerance and pain sensitivity in health and Functional Dyspepsia".
Currently, I’m organisinga research line on the interactions between gut peptides and central opioids as well as their role in the regulation of pain sensitivity. I supervise, coach and mentor MSc and PhD students, coordinate the different projects and review the final reports.
October 2009 --- September 2014
Title: "Brain mechanisms of visceral pain perception and normal meal volume tolerance in health and Functional Dyspepsia"
I investigated the neurophysiological mechanisms underlying visceral pain processing and normal meal volume tolerance. The ultimate aim is to identify these central mechanisms as potential novel treatment targets for difficult-to-treat disorders characterized by altered tolerance of meal volumes including (functional) gastrointestinal disorders, obesity with or without co-morbid eating disorders.
Besides designing, organising and conducting both mechanistic and clinical studies, I was also responsible for the analysis and interpretation of complex data sets as well as the dissemination of the results at various international meetings. Coaching and supervising MSc students were also part of my responsibilities. Furthermore, I was closely involved in setting up an international collaborative study with three renowned research groups.
September 2008 --- July 2009
Performing audits and reviews of financial statements and reports on internal controls
Skills and Expertise
Interact with nurses Interact with physicians Interpret data Write papersAnalyze dataClinical data collectionCoachCollect patient forms and questionnairesConduct literature searchesConduct university research coordinating research projectsExecute scientific projectsGastrointestinal diseasesInterpret analytical resultsInterpret research resultsManuscript preparation and reviewOral presentationSupervise PhD studentsUnderstand protocolsWork collaboratively with the other members of the clinical research team Work cross-functionallyAdminister, maintain and co-ordinate the logistical aspects of clinical trials
Master's Degree in Business Administration and Management from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in 2008
Master's degree in Biomedical Sciences from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in 2007
Training and Certification
Medical Writing Training Program given by Janssen R&D in 2016 Training
Statistical Parametric Mapping (SPM), advanced imaging course in 2013 Certification
Expert has 4 publications (Will be avalible with full profile)