KU Leuven University, Belgium

Prof. Theo van Achterberg, Department of Public Health and Primary Care,  Belgium

Theo van Achterberg is the coordinator of the TRANS-SENIOR International Training Network, and was trained as a health scientist, nurse and epidemiologist. He is a Professor of Quality of Care, and the Chair of the Academic Centre for Nursing and Midwifery at KU Leuven in Belgium. Both his research and teaching activities focus on Healthcare Quality and the use Implementation Science for the promotion of care quality. Theo van Achterberg is a Fellow and the current Vice-President of the European Academy of Nursing Science (EANS), a member of the Belgian Royal Academy of Medicine, and a member of Global Advisory Panel for the Future of Nursing and Midwifery (GAPFON).

Prof. Geert Goderis, Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Belgium

Geert Goderis graduated as Medical Doctor at KU Leuven University in 1993. He is General Practitioner and Director at the Medical Center “Centre de la Santé La Chenevière” in Charleroi, Belgium. He also works as a part-time Professor at the Faculty of Medicine of KU Leuven University at the department of Public Health and Primary Care. Finally, he's a staff member at the University Hospitals UZ Leuven at the 'Department of Management Information Reporting' working for the directory board.

In 2010, he obtained his PhD in Biomedical Sciences with a thesis on quality improvement in diabetes care.

Geert Goderis teaches Diabetes and Hypertension for General Practitioners at the Academic Centre for General Practice. Furthermore, he teaches Chronic Disease Management at the faculty of Biomedical Sciences of the KU Leuven.

His topics of interest are policy and organisation of health care, with focus on the intersection between primary care and general practice on the one hand and hospital and specialist care on the other hand. The topic of his quality improvement improve the management of integrated chronic care. As such, he is senior member of the ‘FAITH.be’, the scientific consortium to evaluate the Health Care Reform project of the Joint Belgian Federal and Regional Governments, which is called “Integrated Care for better health for people with chronic conditions”.

The main strength of Professor Goderis is the integration of ‘operational’ activities as General Practitioner and founder of several medical centers with ‘academic’, reflexivity and research activities in the field of Chronic Care and data analysis. As such, Prof. Goderis has acquired expertise in founding and managing operational projects and multi-professional teams as well as in research and teaching activities. Four important achievements, associated to most of his publications are the Diabetes Project Leuven, the Belgian Care Trajectories for people with diabetes and chronic kidney disease and Intego, a General Practice Network Database. In the operational field, Prof. Goderis founded the medical centre “Centre de santé La Chenevière” in Marcinelle, Charleroi and co-founded the medical centre “Bella Vita” (Waterloo).

Prof. Johan Flamaing, Department of Chronic Diseases, Metabolism and Ageing, Belgium

Prof. Koen Milisen, Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Belgium

Koen Milisen (PhD, RN) was trained as a health scientist and as a nurse. He is full Professor of Care for Older Persons at the Department of Public Health and Primary Care, KU Leuven (Belgium) and Clinical Nurse Scientist at the Division of Geriatric Medicine at the University Hospitals of Leuven (Belgium).  He has extensive clinical, teaching and research expertise in the care for frail older persons. More specifically his work focuses on delirium, falls and restraint use; and on the development of geriatric care models. Dr. Milisen is president of the Flemish Center of Expertise for Falls and Fracture Prevention, Section editor at BMC Geriatrics, president of the UZ Leuven Delirium Working Group, and council member of the European Delirium Association

Prof. Marc Sabbe, Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Belgium

Dr. Ellen Vlaeyen, Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Belgium 

Ellen Vlaeyen is a geriatric nurse and holds a Master of Science in Nursing. In 2017, she successfully defended her PhD ‘Fall prevention in nursing homes: documented effectiveness, prevailing views and current practices’. Her primary research interests are geriatric care, knowledge transfer and nursing homes.

She currently works as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Academic Centre for Nursing and Midwifery, Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Leuven. She is the TRANS-SENIOR project manager. Ellen Vlaeyen is also the vice-president of the Flemish Center of Expertise for Falls and Fracture Prevention. In addition, she is a guest lecturer at the University of Witten/Herdecke, where she teaches a course on knowledge transfer.


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