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Prof Bruno Gryseels

Director of the Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) at Antwerp

Bruno M.A.J. Gryseels studied medicine at the State University of Ghent (1972-1979), and Tropical Medicine and Hygiene at the ITM in Antwerp (1979). He obtained his PhD at the University of Leiden (NL) in 1990.
After his studies he joined the ITM as a researcher in the Department of Tropical Pathology. In 1980-1981 he worked for ITM at the Laboratory of Parasitology at the University of Zaire in Kinshasa, where he taught parasitology and took part in diagnostic duties including population screening for sleeping sickness. At the same time, he performed field research on schistosomiasis, intestinal parasites and filariasis and was involved in the development and implementation of one of the first schistosomiasis control programmes.
From 1982 to 1986, he worked for the Belgian Agency for Development Cooperation as chief of the national research and control programme for schistosomiasis and intestinal parasites for the Ministry of Health in Burundi. The ensuing national control programme served as an important pilot experience for WHO. In 1986 he became lecturer and, later, associate professor at the Laboratory of Parasitology and Institute of Tropical Medicine of the University of Leiden from which he also obtained his PhD magna cum laude in 1990 with the thesis "Morbidity and morbidity control of schistosomiasis mansoni in Sub-Saharan Africa". He built an international team of researchers from North and South, doing innovative research on schistosomiasis. During the same period, he frequently served as advisor to several international organizations and was a member of several international expert groups.  During his research career, he directed a large number of international research programmes and authored some 150 scientific papers including major reference papers. In 1995, the career of Bruno Gryseels took a new turn when he became the ITM's 7th director. Since then, the ITM has tripled its annual turnover to € 52 million and doubled its work force to 450 highly
qualified scientists and technicians. He led fundamental renewals in ITM's teaching, research and service programmes, as well as in its infrastructure and management systems. In 1998, he initiated the "Switching the Poles" capacity building programme which, with support from the Belgian Ministry for Development Cooperation, currently invests € 13 million annually in individual and institutional capacity strengthening in Africa, Asia and South America.  The current interests of Bruno Gryseels encompass the whole range of tropical and poverty-related diseases, as well as global health, academic and European policies. He is still a Permanent Member of WHO's Panel of Experts on Parasitology, and is active in several initiatives to coordinate and integrate European efforts in global health sciences, including the Association of Institutes of Tropical Medicine (TropMedEurop), the European - Developing Countries Clinical Trial Partnership (EDCTP) and many other cooperations.

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Wednesday, March 6