Interdisciplinary Medical & Health Seminars

As a researcher, it is becoming more important to look beyond the borders of your area of expertise. Interdisciplinary collaboration can provide new insights to pressing research questions.

With this in mind, the Scientific Research Committee and the departments of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences organise 'Interdisciplinary Medical & Health Seminars' together.

This annual seminar series consists of 10 thematic lectures with attention to complementarity between different research areas and their applications. Both state-of-the-art fundamental (bio)medical research as well as translational and clinical research are discussed.

To ensure that  the lectures are representative for the diversity of research within the faculty, each department chooses one international top speaker.

For whom?

The event is open for master thesis and Honours Programme students, (post)doctoral researchers, professors, clinicians (for physicians accreditation will be requested) and everyone with an interest for fundamental (bio) medical research as well as translational and clinical research.

Access is free.

If you are interested, sign up by means of the link underneath the lecture.

Programme 2023

22/06/2023 – Lecture ‘Value-based healthcare: benefits and barriers’

  • Guest speaker: Prof. Paul van der Nat (Sint Antonius Hospital - Radboud University Medical Center, The Netherlands)
  • Organiser: Department of Head and Skin
  • Host: Prof. Jo Lambert
  • When: Thursday 22 June 2023 from 16:00 until 17:30
  • Where: Ghelamco Arena Ghent or livestream via MS Teams
  • Find out more about the lecture and sign up

Overview of past seminars


  • 26/01/2023 – "Nothing about me, without me": achieving patient and public involvement in research in medical and health sciences - Guest speaker: Claire Collins - Recording of the lecture
  • 16/02/2023 – 'Digital twins’ of hemodynamics modelling for clinical applications: are we there yet? - Guest speaker: Irene Vignon-Clementel - Recording of the lecture
  • 16/03/2023 – Bone mechanoadaptation in infancy - Guest speaker: Alex Ireland - Recording of the lecture
  • 27/04/2023 – The benefit of surgery, the drawback of scars - How interdisciplinary research advances the field of cleft lip and palate - Guest speaker: Anne Marie Kuijpers-Jagtman - No recording available due to confidentiality
  • 25/05/2023 – Drug development and improving research in medicines for babies, children and adolescents - Guest speaker: Mark Turner - Recording of the lecture


  • 27/01/2022 – The receptor for advanced glycation end-products (RAGE) is an important pattern recognition receptor (PRR) for inflammaging - Guest speaker: Eric Boulanger - Recording of the lecture
  • 24/02/2022 – Our oral health system is stuck – now what? - Guest speaker: Stefan Listl - Recording of the lecture
  • 24/03/2022 – Unraveling the health effects of polyphenols: Is the gut microbiota playing a lead role? - Guest speaker: Nina Hermans - Recording of the lecture
  • 28/04/2022 – Multiscale imaging of tumor targeted drug delivery - Guest speaker: Margarida Barroso - Recording of the lecture
  • 19/05/2022 – Providing financial incentives to facilitate integration of care - Guest speaker: Apostolos Tsiachristas - Recording of the lecture
  • 23/06/2022 – Cellular crosstalk in the muscle microenvironment: implications for exercise and rehabilitation - Guest speaker: Katrien De Bock - Recording of the lecture
  • 16/09/2022 – Clinical neuroscience and the heart-brain axis - Guest speaker: Sarah Garfinkel - Recording of the lecture
  • 27/10/2022 – The Human Cell Atlas Initiative: A new era for medical research - Guest speaker: Muzlifah Haniffa - Recording of the lecture
  • 24/11/2022 – Finding the sweet spot of prostate-specific antigen - Guest speaker: Guinevere S.M. Lageveen-Kammeijer - Recording of the lecture
  • 08/12/2022 – The epigenetics of inflammation & innate immune memory - Guest speaker: Dr. Musa Mhlanga - Recording of the lecture


  • 28/01/2021 - Brain-state dependent and closed-loop stimulation of the brain: background and applications - Guest speaker: Ulf Ziemann
  • 25/02/2021 - Modeling and simulation in pharmacotherapy: the promise of systems therapeutic interventions - Guest speaker: Meindert Danhof
  • 29/04/2021 - Rheumatology – at the forefront of the medical molecular revolution? - Guest speaker: Iain McInnes
  • 27/05/2021 - The maxillary sinus: a black box in dentistry and medicine - Guest speaker: Michael Bornstein
  • 17/06/2021 - The professional athlete with type 1 diabetes: applying knowledge from clinical research to improve performance and health in this unique group of athletes - Guest speaker: Sam Scott
  • 30/09/2021 – Algorithm based medicine: old statistics wine in new machine learning bottles? - Guest speaker: Maarten van Smeden
  • 28/10/2021 – Evidence-based co-creation methodology for closing the implementation gap between knowledge and action in health promotion -  Guest speaker: Sebastien Chastin
  • 22/11/2021 – Non-running physical activity as a predictor for running injury - Guest speaker: Allison Gruber
  • 16/12/2021 – The microbiome and next generation sequencing: first diagnostic one-stop shop in personalised microbiology? - Guest speaker: John Rossen


  • 23/01/2020 - Gene Discovery Efforts in Frontotemporal lobar degeneration - Guest speaker: Rosa Rademakers
  • 30/04/2020 - Computational Methods in Audiology: From Precision Diagnostics to Innovative Hearing-aid Algorithms - Guest speaker: Sarah Verhulst

  • 24/09/2020 - The elusive intensity ingredient of the “exercise pill”: what’s new?' - Guest speaker: Silvia Pogliaghi

  • 19/10/2020 - Rare diseases: epidemiological research challenges and opportunities - Guest speaker: Franz Schaefer
  • 29/10/2020 - Organoids in (pediatric) cancer research - Guest speaker: Jarno Drost
  • 26/11/2020 - Tackling social determinants of health. - Guest speaker: Andrew Pinto
  • 17/12/2020 - Hyperacusis: psycho-audiological assessment and management - Guest speaker: Hashir Aazh


  • 10/01/2019 - Facilitating Motivation for Adherence and Health Behavior Change: The Self-Determination Theory Approach - Guest speaker: Richard Ryan
  • 28/02/2019 -Are telomeres the key to aging and cancer - lessons learned from zebrafish - Guest speaker: Miguel Godinho Ferreira
  • 21/03/2019 - Pharmacogenetics: do YOU have your DNA passport? - Guest speaker: Ron Van Schaik

  • 24/04/2019 - Sodium channel regulation of sensory modalities - Guest speaker: Frank Bosmans
  • 23/05/2019 - Understanding the Neural Basis of 'Cognitive Reserve' - Guest speaker: Bruce McNaughton
  • 20/06/2019 - Role of telomere dynamics in atherosclerosis and arterial aging - Guest speaker: Athanase Benetos
  • 19/09/2019 - 3D Technology in Healthcare: The surgeon of the futureGuest speaker: Thomas Maal
  • 24/10/2019 - Understanding movement from cells to systems: The path from new discoveries to improved health outcomes - Guest speaker: Paul Hodges
  • 28/11/2019 - Biofabrication in translational regenerative medicine - Guest speaker: Jos Malda
  • 19/12/2019 - Evidence based Public Health Policy and the Myth of Research Neutrality - Guest speaker: Daniela C. Rodriguez


Kim De Keyser