After my studies in biomedical sciences at Ghent University, I spent a couple of years as a PhD student at the centre for medical genetics at Ghent university Hospital, where my research focused on the molecular basis of Hodgkin’s lymphoma. During these academic wanderings my interest in oncology and hematology was further solidified. On a wet and windy day this interest brought me to Amsterdam where I became acquainted with Ariez. At that time, Ariez had already written a success story in the Netherlands and I was quickly convinced by the opportunity to translate this succes on an international level. By now I have been Ariez’ man in Belgium for more than a decade during which I have been responsible for all medical affairs related to our Belgian Journals (BJMO and BJH) and the many medical projects we have engaged in. In this light I have also become a familiar face at the most important national and international congresses on hematology and oncology.
On a professional level, my main expertise lies in oncology, hematology and infectious diseases. However, my true passion lies far away from my working station. As a prolific gardener, beekeeper and amateur cook I am your man for a perfectly grown tomato, a delicious pot of spring honey or a home-made sambal oelek. As a true Belgian it is also not a big ask to convince me to join you on a convivial bar or restaurant visit.
My day typically starts with a strong espresso during which I browse through the newspaper headlines on my phone. When there is more time, or when I am on the road to yet another congress, you will normally spot an edition of the Standaard or HUMO under my arm.
On a sunny day, nothing beats a fresh (Belgian) beer on a pleasant terrace. No sweet, sugary cocktails for me: a nice whiskey sour or an artisanal local beer is much more to my liking.