Short CV/Education and training

  • 1960

    Medical studies at the KU Leuven:

  • 1978 – 1981
    1° – 3° preclinical, KU Leuven

  • 1981 – 1985
    1° – 4° clinical, KU Leuven and University of Bristol, UK

  • 1985 – 1989
    Certified specialist 'Anesthesiology and Resuscitation', BE

  • 1988 – 1989
    Training in biostastistical and epidemiological aspects of scientific research, School for Community and Health Care, KU Leuven

  • 1989 – 1991
    Certified specialist 'Intensive Care Medicine', BE

  • 1994
    Ph.D. at KU Leuven (aggregation 'Higher Education in Medicine')

  • Since 1995
    Professor of Medicine, KU Leuven

  • 1995 – 2004
    Clinical Research Investigator for the Belgian Fund of Scientific Research

  • Since 2002
    Head of the Department & Laboratory of Intensive Care Medicine at the KU Leuven

  • 2002 – 2007
    KU Leuven – Novo Nordisk Chair of Research on Insulin in Critical Illness

  • 2005 – 2012
    Chair of the Department of Acute Medical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, KU Leuven

Selected publications

  • Van den Berghe G, Wouters P, Weekers F, Verwaest C, Bruyninckx F, Schetz M, Vlasselaers D, Ferdinande P, Lauwers P, Bouillon R. 2001 Intensive Insulin Therapy in Critically Ill Patients. New England Journal of Medicine 345: 1359-1367.

  • Vanhorebeek I, De Vos R, Mesotten D, Wouters PJ, De Wolf-Peeters C, Van den Berghe G. 2005 Protection of hepatocyte mitochondrial ultrastructure and function by strict blood glucose control with insulin in critically ill patients. Lancet 365: 53-9.

  • Van den Berghe G, Wilmer A, Hermans G, Meersseman W, Wouters PJ, Milants I, Van Wijngaerden E, Bobbaers H, Bouillon R. 2006 Intensive insulin therapy of medical intensive care patients. New England Journal of Medicine 354: 449-461.

  • Vlasselaers D, Milants I, Desmet L, Wouters PJ, Vanhorebeek I, van den Heuvel I, Mesotten D, Casaer MP, Meyfroidt G, Ingels C, Muller J, Van Cromphaut S, Schetz M, Van den Berghe G. 2009 Intensive insulin therapy for patients in paediatric intensive care: a prospective, randomised controlled study. Lancet 373: 547-56.

  • Casaer MP, Mesotten D, Hermans G, Wouters PJ, Schetz M, Meyfroidt G, Van Cromphaut S, Ingels C, Meersseman Ph, Muller J, Vlasselaers D, Debaveye Y, Desmet L, Dubois J, Van Assche A, Vanderheyden S, Wilmer A, Van den Berghe G. 2011 Early versus late parenteral nutrition in critically ill adults. New England Journal of Medicine 365: 506-17.

  • Mesotten D, Gielen M, Sterken C, Claessens K, Hermans G, Vlasselaers D, Lemiere J, Lagae L, Gewillig M, Eyskens B, Vanhorebeek I, Wouters PJ, Van den Berghe G. 2012 Neurocognitive development of children 4 years after critical illness and treatment with tight glucose control: a randomized controlled trial. JAMA 308: 1641-50.

  • Boonen E, Vervenne H, Meersseman P, Andrew R, Mortier L, Declercq PE, Vanwijngaerden YM, Spriet I, Wouters PJ, Vander Perre S, Langouche L, Vanhorebeek I, Walker BR, Van den Berghe G. 2013 Reduced Cortisol Metabolism during Critical Illness. New England Journal of Medicine 368: 1477-88.

  • Casaer MP, Van den Berghe G. 2014 Nutrition in the acute phase of critical illness. New England Journal of Medicine 370: 1227-36.

Membership in scientific bodies/juries


  • Member of the German National Academy of Sciences – Leopoldina, since 2013

  • Honorary Member of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine, since 2013

  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, since 2011

  • ESPEN Faculty Member, since 2010

  • Panel Member for the ERC Starting Grant evaluation, since 2008

  • Faculty of 1000 Medicine: Critical Care – Section Head: 'Metabolic Disorders', since 2005

  • Member of the Ethical Committee of the Belgian Ministry of Agriculture, since 2000

  • Member of the Belgian Royal Academy of Medicine, since 1999


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