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 2021 - part 2

 28/10/2021 – Lecture ‘Evidence-based co-creation methodology for closing the implementation gap between knowledge and action in health promotion’

  • Guest speaker: Professor Sebastien Chastin, Glasgow Caledonian University, United Kingdom
  • Organiser: Department of Public Health and Primary Care
  • Host: Assistant professor Maïté Verloigne
  • When: Thursday 28 October 2021 from 16:00 until 17:30
  • Where: Campus Ghent University Hospital – livestream via MS Teams
  • Find out more about the lecture and sign up


22/11/2021 – Lecture ‘Non-running physical activity as a predictor for running injury’

  • Guest speaker: Associate professor Allison Gruber, Indiana University Bloomington, United States
  • Organiser: Department of Movement and Sports Sciences
  • Host: Professor Veerle Segers
  • When: Monday 22 November 2021 from 16:30 until 18:00
  • Where: Campus Ghent University Hospital – Faculteitsraadzaal (3K3) or livestream via MS Teams
  • Find out more about the lecture and sign up


16/12/2021 – Lecture ‘The microbiome and next generation sequencing: first diagnostic one-stop shop in personalised microbiology?’

  • Guest speaker: Professor John Rossen, Department of Medical Microbiology and Infection Prevention, University Medical Center Groningen, University of Groningen, The Netherlands Department of Pathology, University of Utah School of Medicine, United States of America
  • Organiser: Department of Diagnostic Sciences
  • Host: Professor Bruno Verhasselt
  • When: Thursday 16 December 2021 from 16:00 until 17:30
  • Where: Campus Ghent University Hospital – Auditorium A (1K3) or livestream via MS Teams
  • Find out more about the lecture and sign up

Overview of past seminars

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

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

  • 19/10/2020 - Rare diseases: epidemiological research challenges and opportunities - Guest speaker: Prof. Franz Schaefer
  • 29/10/2020 - Organoids in (pediatric) cancer research - Guest speaker: Prof. Jarno Drost
  • 26/11/2020 - Tackling social determinants of health. - Guest speaker: Prof. Andrew Pinto
  • 17/12/2020 - Hyperacusis: psycho-audiological assessment and management - Guest speaker: Dr. Hashir Aazh - Recording of the lecture
  • 28/01/2021 - Brain-state dependent and closed-loop stimulation of the brain: background and applications - Guest speaker: Prof. Ulf Ziemann - Recording of the lecture
  • 25/02/2021 - Modeling and simulation in pharmacotherapy: the promise of systems therapeutic interventions - Guest speaker: Prof. em. Meindert Danhof - Recording of the lecture
  • 29/04/2021 - Rheumatology – at the forefront of the medical molecular revolution? - Guest speaker: Prof. Iain McInnes - Recording of the lecture
  • 27/05/2021 - The maxillary sinus: a black box in dentistry and medicine - Guest speaker: Prof. Michael Bornstein - Recording of the lecture
  • 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: Dr. Sam Scott  - Recording of the lecture
  • 30/09/2021 – Algorithm based medicine: old statistics wine in new machine learning bottles? - Guest speaker: Maarten van Smeden - Recording of the lecture


Kim De Keyser