Prof. Jean-Pierre Van geertruyden is a disease control specialist. He started his career in the Navy, where he was involved in occupational health, diving medicine and disaster medicine. He worked over a decade as a clinician and a manager in several humanitarian and disease control projects in developing countries mostly in Sub Saharan Africa with „Médecins Sans Frontières”. With the World Health organization (WHO), he evaluated the performance of Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) and more in particular organized nationwide polio eradication efforts in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
His academic career started in 2003, at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium where he conducted research on malaria and HIV research and on their interaction. He was involved in lecturing on malaria related topics, biostatistics, disaster medicine and vaccine preventable diseases. He obtained his PhD in Medical sciences at the University of Antwerp (UA) in 2007. Since 2009, he is heading the International Health Unit (IHU) at the UA. Since then, the IHU has obtained a substantial number of grants and several active international collaborations with Universities in the South. As president of the commission Internationalization, he is strongly involved in internationalization efforts both for ingoing and outgoing international students, European or further abroad and “internationalization at home”.
His main expertise lies in bio-statistical support, operational research, designing and implementing quantitative research designs and conducting clinical trials in resource poor settings.