Pr Bart VAN MEERBEEK
Bart Van Meerbeek obtained his DDS in 1988, and funded by a PhD fellowship of the Research Foundation of Flanders (FWO) his PhD in 1993, both at KU Leuven (University of Leuven) in Belgium. Appointed as Postdoctoral Researcher by the Research Foundation of Flanders (FWO), he continued his research activity at KU Leuven for the next six years, during which he also conducted research abroad for one year at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Texas, and later also for 3 months at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. In 1995, he became Assistant Professor (‘Docent’) at KU Leuven and since then teaches Biomaterial Sciences. In 1998, he was promoted to Associate Professor (‘Hoofddocent’). From 2000 to 2010, he was appointed as Research Professor (Bof-ZAP) at KU Leuven, having mainly a research and only a limited teaching task. He then founded the BIOMAT research group at KU Leuven, and is currently the head of BIOMAT with about 20 PhD and postdoctoral researchers. In 2002 and 2005, he was promoted to respectively Professor (‘Hoogleraar’) and Full Professor (‘Gewoon Hoogleraar’). In parallel with his university appointment, he has been appointed at the University Hospitals Leuven as Adjunct Section Head (‘Adjunct Afdelingshoofd’) since 2004 and as Section Head (‘Afdelingshoofd’) since 2009. His primary research interest involves studies related to the broad field of adhesive dentistry and basic dental adhesive technology in particular. Newer research lines deal with dental ceramics (among which zirconia), cariogenicity and biocompatibility of dental materials, bioactive materials and pulp-preservation material technology. His research work has been published in more than 300 national and international peer-reviewed journals and has been honoured with awards such as the triennial Robert Stock award for Biomedical Sciences in 1996, the Albert Joachim Award in 1997, the Award in Biomedical Sciences of the Research Council of KU Leuven in 1998, the IADR Young Research Award in 2000, the SmithKline Beecham award in 2001, the Academy of Operative Dentistry Buonocore Memorial Lecturer in 2003, the CED-IADR Robert Frank Lecturer in 2008, the 2014 IADR/AADR William J. Gies Award for the best JDR publication (category Biomaterials & Bioengineering Research), and the 2015 IADR Wilmer Souder Award (Dental Materials). Since 2003, he is holder of the Toshio Nakao Chair for Adhesive Dentistry at KU Leuven. He was President of the Pan-European-Federation of the International Association of Dental Research (IADR/PEF) in 2006-2007, and he is currently Secretary of the Continental-European-Division of IADR (CED-IADR). Since 2004, he is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Adhesive Dentistry.