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David Cassiman

David Cassiman

staff member, professor, UZ Leuven
David M. Cassiman

Training and Education
• Medical School, University of Leuven, 1989 to 1996. Graduated 27-6-1996, magna cum laude.
• Ph.D. in Medical Science 30-11-2001, funded by the Fund for Sientific Research (FWO-Vlaanderen). Title of Ph.D. thesis: "The neural/neuroendocrine compartment of the liver: differentiation potential of the hepatic stellate cell." Promotor Prof. Dr. C. Denef, Lab of Cell Pharmacology, University of Leuven.
• Residency in General Internal Medicine 1-8-1997 to 31-7-2003, University of Leuven.
• Postdoc, funded by the 'FWO-Vlaanderen' from 1-10-2003 to 31-9-2006. 10-2003 to 9-2004: lab of Molecular Neurobiology (Vassilis Pachnis), National Institute of Medical Research, Mill Hill, London. From 1-10-2004 on working as a postdoc in the lab of Hepatology, University of Leuven.
• Training in Adult and Pediatric Metabolic Diseases, 9-2007, Institute of Neurology (Charles Dent Metabolic Unit, Dr. Philip Lee) and Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, UK.
• Training in Adult Metabolic Diseases, 1-3/2014, Melbourne University Hospital (Metabolic Center, Prof. G. De Jong and Prof. A. Boneh), Australia.
• Special Volunteer at the Undiagnosed Diseases Program at NIH in Bethesda, MD (director Dr. William Gahl), July and August 2016. Appointed Research Collaborator (25% FTE) at the Undiagnosed Diseases Program at NIH in Bethesda (director Dr. William Gahl) 2017-2019.

Current positions - clinical
• Permanent position as a Staff Member in the Dept. of Gastroenterology-Hepatology (University Hospital Gasthuisberg, Leuven), from 1-8-2005 on, for general hepatology and transplant hepatology outpatient clinics.
• Head of the Metabolic Center (University Hospital Gasthuisberg, Leuven), from 1-8-2008 on. The metabolic team counts 4 medical staff members, 2 M.D. consultants, 2 dietitians, 3 nurses, 2 psychologists, 1 social worker, 1 physical therapist, 3 admins.