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Luc Van Gaal, Belgium

Department of Endocrinology, Diabetology and Metabolism

Antwerp University Hospital, Antwerp, Belgium

Luc Van Gaal graduated from the University of Antwerp in 1978 with a degree in medicine. He earned specialist degrees in internal medicine, endocrinology, and metabolism in 1983. He is now responsible for the Metabolic Unit at Antwerp University Hospital, and was appointed Professor of Medicine in 1992. He is currently an honorary consultant at the department of Endocrinology, Diabetology and Metabolism at the University Hospital.

Professor Van Gaal’s main clinical and research interests include obesity, type 2 diabetes, and lipid metabolism. He is a member of many scientific societies and editorial boards. He is a board member of the Belgian Association for the Study of Obesity (BASO) and past-president of the Belgian Endocrine Society and Belgian Diabetes Association. In 2000, he co-presided the 10th European Congress on Obesity held in Antwerp.

Prof. Van Gaal has published more than 420 papers in international medical journals, mainly in the areas of general endocrinology, obesity, diabetes and lipids and has contributed to a number of textbooks about obesity.


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