Short CV/Education and training

  • 1983 – 1987
    Physiology studies at the University of Sciences and Techniques, France

  • 1987 – 1991
    PhD in Life Sciences at Faculty of Medicine Paris V, France

  • 1991 – 1998
    Research Associate, Laboratory of Pneumology, Faculty of Medicine, KULeuven, Belgium

  • 1998 – 2001
    Postdoctoral Fellow of Research Foundation Flanders (FWO-Flanders), Laboratory of Pneumology, Faculty of Medicine, KULeuven, Belgium

  • 2001 – 2005
    Renewal Postdoctoral Fellow of Research Foundation Flanders (FWO-Flanders), Laboratory of Pneumology, Faculty of Medicine, KULeuven, Belgium

  • Since 2002
    Full time research Professor, Laboratory of Pneumology, Faculty of Medicine, KULeuven, Belgium

  • Since 2003
    Teaching Clinical Research Track, Faculty of Medicine, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

  • Since 2005
    Permanent position as full time research Professor, Laboratory of Pneumology, Faculty of Medicine, KULeuven, Belgium

Selected publications

  • Thomas D, Maes K, Agten A, Heunks L, Dekhuijzen R, Decramer M, Van Hees H, Gayan-Ramirez G; Time course of diaphragm function recovery after controlled mechanical ventilation in rats. Journal of Applied Physiology 2013 115: 775-84.

  • Rinaldi M, Maes K, De Vleeschauwer S, Thomas D, Verbeken E, Decramer M, Janssens W, Gayan-Ramirez G; Long-term nose-only cigarette smoke exposure induces emphysema and mild skeletal muscle dysfunction in mice. Disease Models and Mechanisms 2012 5: 333-341.

  • Agten A, Maes K, Smuder A, Powers S, Decramer M, Gayan-Ramirez G; N-Acetylcysteine protects the rat diaphragm from the decreased contractility associated with controlled mechanical ventilation. Critical Care Medicine 2011 39: 777-782.

  • Hermans G, Agten A, Testelmans D, Decramer M, Gayan-Ramirez G; Increased duration of mechanical ventilation is associated with decreased diaphragmatic force: a prospective observational study. Critical Care 2010 14: 1-10.

  • Testelmans D, Crul T, Maes K, Agten A, Crombach M, Decramer M, Gayan-Ramirez G; Atrophy and hypertrophy signaling in the diaphragm of patients with COPD. European Respiratory Journal 2010 35: 549-556.

  • Maes K, Testelmans D, Powers S, Decramer M, Gayan-Ramirez G; Leupeptin inhibits ventilator-induced diaphragm dysfunction in rats. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine 2007 175: 1134-8.

  • Janssen S, Gayan-Ramirez G, Van Den Bergh A, Herijgers P, Maes K, Verbeken E, Decramer M; Interleukin-6 causes myocardial failure and skeletal muscle atrophy in rats. Circulation 2005 111: 996-1005.

  • Gayan-Ramirez G, Vanderhoydonc F, Verhoeven G, Decramer M; Acute treatment with corticosteroids decreases IGF-1 and IGF-2 expression in the rat diaphragm and gastrocnemius. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine 1999 159: 283-9.

  • Bisschop A, Gayan-Ramirez G, Rollier H, Gosselink R, Dom R, De Bock V, Decramer M; Intermittent inspiratory muscle training induces fiber hypertrophy in rat diaphragm. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine 1997 155: 1583-9.

  • Dekhuijzen P, Gayan-Ramirez G, De Bock V, Dom R, Decramer M; Triamcinolone and prednisolone affect contractile properties and histopathology of rat diaphragm differently. Journal of Clinical Investigation 1993 92: 1534-42.


Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Membership of the European Respiratory Society

  • Membership of the Belgium Society of Pneumology

  • Member respiratory muscle working group

  • Jury member evaluation commission of Research foundation Flanders (FWO) scientific Pfizer price

  • Jury member evaluation commission of education program of respiratory health care in Québec

  • Jury member evaluation commission of FWO scientific AstraZeneca price Asthma and COPD

  • Jury member Research foundation Flanders (FWO) commission Med6

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