Anne de Paepe
Anne De Paepe graduated as an M.D. from Ghent University in 1980. She completed a residency in internal medicine (1985) and subsequently a fellowship in human genetics ( including a training at the MRC, Dermatology Research Group, Northwick Park Hospital, London, UK). She joined the Center for Medical Genetics from the Ghent University Hospital , where she started a clinical and laboratory research setting for her studies on Heritable Connective Tissue Disorders . She obtained a PhD in human genetics at Ghent university in 1987 and a ….in Higher Education in 1992. In 1993 Anne De Paepe was appointed as Chair of the Center for Medical Genetics and as associate professor of human and medical genetics at Ghent University. She was promoted to full professor in 1997. Under her direction the Center for Medical Genetics developed into a multidisciplinary and renowned department and her research activities gained international recognition as witnessed by her many assignments in national and international scientific boards, her invited contributions in international meetings, large scientific output with over 380 peer reviewed publications and many scientific prizes and awards. She engaged in several functions and positions at Ghent university (a.o. in the research board of the university and as Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences) as well as in several national and international Advisory Boards and Committees. In 2012 she was elected as the first female Rector of Ghent University ( in its 200 years history) , position she took for a term of 4 years ( till October 2017) . She now serves as Prorector, with several assignments in the university, the university hospital ( o.a. Chair of the Board for Academic Coordination ) and in the Department of Medical Genetics.