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Shake the Disease. Exploring Digital Health

Thursday, 25 April, 2019 - 11:00
Campus: Brussels Health Campus
Brussels Health Campus - Laarbeeklaan 103, 1090 Brussels
Auditorium Brouwer
VUB Crosstalks
Day Seminar

The future of health does not only depend on biopharmaceutical innovations that emerge at unseen speed from academic and corporate labs, neither to everything called ‘digital health’. That future is also shaped by how a society reacts and anticipates on everything called progress.

Shake the Disease will link state-of-the-art scientific research, visionary case studies to explore future scripts and generate new insights. From an unexpected point of view the artist STELARC will provide the necessary ethical framework by guiding us through his extreme performance art.



Hosted by Marleen Wynants (Director Crosstalks)

11:00: Marc Noppen (CEO UZ Brussel): introduction
11:10: Koen Kas (healthcare thinker): ‘Sick No More’

11:50: Panel with speakers and Guy Nagels (UZ Center4Neurosciences)

12:30: Lunch

Hosted by Tony Lahoutte (UZ Brussel)

13:30: Marleen Keyaerts/ Gil Awada (UZ Brussel): From predictive imaging to total body scanners
14:00: STELARC (artist, performer, AU): ‘Any (ethical) limits to transforming the human body?’
14:40: Thierry Vandendriessche (UZ Brussel)
15:00: Panel with speakers and An Jacobs (imec/SMIT)

15:30: Break

Hosted by Tony Lahoutte (UZ Brussel)

16:00: Alex Mottrie (Orsi Center)
16:40: Johnny Duerinck (UZ Brussel)
16:50 – 17:15: Panel with speakers



Seminar fee is 35 euro. The event is free for students and staff of VUB. Registration required below this page.



Gil Awada studied medicine at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, graduating in 2015, and subsequently started his training in Internal Medicine. In August 2017, he enrolled in a PhD project under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Bart Neyns at the Oncology Department of the Universitair Ziekenhuis Brussel. He performs clinical and translational research in melanoma and glioblastoma, investigating new applications of targeted agents, combination therapies and the use of novel clinical biomarkers (such as circulating tumor DNA and imaging).

Johnny Duerinck is neurosurgeon and clinical researcher at the University Hospital Brussels (UZ Brussel). He graduated as a medical doctor from VUB in 2007 and became neurosurgeon at UZ Brussel in 2013. His training in neurosurgery was marked by a special interest in neuro-oncology. He obtained his PhD in medical sciences for his neuro-oncological research in 2017 and continues to conduct clinical research in this field, currently focusing on immune therapy for glioblastoma. He also has a special long-standing interest in and knowledge of new technologies and their application in health care, culminating in a quickly expanding series of multidisciplinary projects in augmented and virtual reality and artificial intelligence.

An Jacobs has been affiliated with the department of Communication Studies of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) since 2005. Within the SMIT research centre her research evolves primarily around the development of innovative applications in health care (coordination, communication, monitoring, experience), focusing on user empowerment in context-aware environments (independent living, ambient and persuasive technologies, ...). In addition, she is working on the further development of interdisciplinary research methods and instruments, as well as the development of the living lab methodology in healthcare.

Koen Kas is a healthcare visionary driven by the aim to make healthcare delightful, personalised, and ultimately preventive. He published his vision in 2 books. ‘Sick no more’ describes how we will transition from reactive sickcare to pro-active healthcare. ‘Your guide to Delight’ is a roadmap towards Creating health, dealing with change, introducing our personal Digital Twin. As founding CEO of Healthskouts and Partner at Healthstartup (a social network of novel health companies), he ideates & facilitates innovative disruptions in healthcare, organises hackatons, and creates novel digital health startups. Koen serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of a numerous life sciences companies & investors. He has over 200 international keynotes under his belt, including for many Fortune 500 companies.

Tony Lahoutte is head of the department of nuclear medicine at UZ Brussel and head of the molecular imaging research unit at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) in Belgium. In 2014 he co-founded the company Camel-IDS NV that is developing a pipeline of radio-immuno therapeutics He obtained his medical degree in 1998 and started his research activities in combination with a residency program in nuclear medicine. His current research is focused on the development and clinical translation of molecular imaging probes and targeted radionuclide therapies for the detection and treatment of cancer.

Alexandre Mottrie is a pioneer in robotic surgery and started this in 2001.  He developed different types of robotic surgery.  At his department, he developed a training center in this field.  He trained numerous colleagues in the field of robotic surgery. With over 4000 robotic procedures, he has one of the largest experiences in the robotic field. ​In 2010, Mottrie founded the ORSI-Academy, a multidisciplinary school of robotic and minimal-invasive surgery. Mottrie is scientifically very involved.  He has authored multiple scientific papers and organised several international Congresses and Masterclasses in these fields.  He has been actively involved in several congresses to perform live-surgery, give courses and/or present state-of-the-art lectures.  He is the Scientific Director of the ERUS-congresses and the Global Congress on Prostate Cancer (Prosca).  Actually, he is the president of the EAU Robotic Urology Section (ERUS), past-president of the Society of Robotic Surgeons (SRS) and the past-president of the Belgian Laparoscopic Urology Group (BLUG).  He is Associate Professor in the Universität des Saarlandes Homburg-Saar (Germany) and the University of Ghent (Belgium).

Marc Noppen serves as Chief Executive Officer of the Brussels’ University Hospital UZ Brussel. He is a pulmonologist by training, and holds a PhD in Health Sciences. He has authored or co-authored more than 145 scientific peer reviewed papers and book chapters, and was visiting professor at various universities and university hospitals ( Boston, Montreal, Lille, Perth )He has additional degrees in Pharmaco-economics ( University Antwerp) and management ( INSEAD ).He is associate professor at the Vrije University Brussel, and guest professor at Vlerick Business School Leuven-Gent in Strategic Hospital Management. Marc serves as a Director in a variety of academic and business-related Boards.

STELARC is a performance artist who has visually probed and acoustically amplified his body. He has made three films of the inside of his body. Between 1976-1988 he completed 26 body suspension performances with hooks into the skin. He has used medical instruments, prosthetics, robotics, Virtual Reality systems, the Internet and biotechnology to engineer intimate and involuntary interfaces with the body. He explores Alternate Anatomical Architectures with augmented and extended body constructs. He has performed with a third hand, an extended arm, a virtual arm, a stomach sculpture and exoskeleton, a 6-legged walking robot. His fractal flesh, ping body and parasite performances explored involuntary, remote and internet choreography of the body with electrical stimulation of the muscles. His prosthetic head is an embodied conversational agent that speaks to the person who interrogates it. He is surgically constructing an extra ear on his arm that will be internet enabled, making it a publicly accessible acoustical organ for people in other places.

Thierry Vandendriessche is currently holding several academic appointments. He is tenured Full Professor at the Free University of Brussels (VUB, Belgium), Faculty of Medicine & Pharmacy, where he is Founding Director of the Department of Gene Therapy and Regenerative Medicine. He is also Professor at the University of Leuven (Belgium) at the Faculty of Medicine in the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences. Finally, he was the 2017 Francqui Chair Laureate at the University of Ghent (Belgium). Prof. Dr. VandenDriessche obtained his PhD at the Free University of Brussels in 1992 in the field of gene therapy for cancer and was a visiting fellow at the Weizmann Institute for Science (Israel). He continued his research in gene therapy as a post-doctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Health (USA) where he started his research on gene therapy for hemophilia. His main research focuses on gene therapy and gene editing for hereditary diseases, particularly hemophilia and muscular dystrophies.

Marleen Wynants Since 2003 Marleen Wynants has been directing Crosstalks. She started her career as a music producer, presenter and content researcher for the official Belgian Radio and Television in its pre-commercial stage. While continuing as a freelance journalist on music, art and gender, she ran the post-punk magazine Fabiola together with Jan Vanroelen, both leaving the scene in 1988, the year Hillel Slovak, Chet Baker, Divine, Sylvester and Roy Orbison died. Wynants continued publishing for major media groups in Belgium amongst which HHD Ogilvy, Grey International, Roularta, De Morgen, De Standaardgroep, Financieel Economische Tijd, De Persgroep and Best of Publishing. She was a contributor to Janus, the magazine launched by Jan Fabre.She is the author of several children books, short stories and a large number of articles and columns on art and on science projects and on the people behind them.



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