Expert bioVIB Center for Inflammation Research Ghent University and Ghent University Hospital, Ghent, Belgium.
Dirk Elewaut is Full Professor of Rheumatology and Immunology and Chair of the Department of Rheumatology and Immunology at Ghent University Hospital, Ghent, Belgium, a European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) and Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies (FOCIS) centre of excellence. He received his medical degree at Ghent University in 1991 and his PhD degree at the same institution in 1997. Following postdoctoral research at the University of California San Diego and the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology, both in California (USA), he joined the faculty of the Department of Rheumatology at Ghent University Hospital in 2001.
Professor Elewaut’s research interests are centred around translational aspects of immune regulation to combat inflammatory arthritis and associated joint damage, with a special focus on the link between gut and joint disease in spondyloarthritis. He heads a team of 20 researchers at the Laboratory of Molecular Immunology and Inflammation within the Department of Rheumatology and Immunology. This team joined the VIB Inflammation Research Centre in 2015, where Dirk Elewaut has been appointed as Principal Investigator. Professor Elewaut has published more than 250 scientific publications. He serves on the editorial board of Annals of Rheumatic Diseases and executive committee of EULAR, and is the recipient of the 2020 Carol Nachman Award.
EM-38388 - Date of preparation: October 2020