Pierre Van Damme


Professor at UAntwerpen


Pierre Van Damme obtained his MD from the University of Antwerp, Belgium, in 1984. He received post-graduate degrees in health and economics, the evaluation of human corporal damage, and a master degree in occupational health. He obtained his PhD in epidemiology and social medicine in 1994, University of Antwerp. He is currently full professor at the University of Antwerp, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences where he chaired the Vaccine & Infectious Disease Institute (VAXINFECTIO, University of Antwerp) from 2007 till 2018, and now became vice-dean of the Faculty. He is now the honorary chair of VAXINFECTIO, University of Antwerp – a consortium of four research units he founded in 2007-2008: the Laboratory of Medical Microbiology (LMM), the Laboratory of Experimental Hematology (LEH), the Centre of Health Economic Research and Infectious Disease Modelling (CHERMID), and the Centre for the Evaluation of Vaccination (CEV). VAXINFECTIO is recognized as ‘Centre of Excellence’ at the University of Antwerp and functions as WHO Collaborating Centre for the WHO European Region for the control and prevention of infectious diseases.
Pierre Van Damme founded the CEV in 1994, and he still is the director of the CEV. The centre conducts research in four main areas: (1) (sero-) epidemiology of infectious diseases; (2) vaccine trial studies including assessment of safety, protective efficacy and immunogenicity of preventive as well as therapeutic vaccines; (3) injection device and diagnostic research; (4) kinetics of vaccine-induced antibodies, including passive transfer of maternal antibodies and maternal immunization.
Pierre Van Damme has authored more than 500 peer-reviewed papers and is on the editorial board of several scientific journals that focus on the study of vaccines and vaccine-preventable infectious diseases. Professor Van Damme was awarded with the Research Award of the University of Antwerp, and with the Belgian Social Medicine Award ‘Jean Van Beneden’ for hi

DAY 03
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