Curriculum vitae

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  • WAER, Mark, Jozef, Albert
  • Belgian nationality
  • Born: March 10, 1951, Leuven (Belgium)
  • Married with Stevens Marie-Paule (M.D.)
  • Children: Pieter (° 23 Nov. 1982), Christophe (° 30 March 1984) Laurens (° 24 Aug. 1988), Louise (° 12 Oct. 1992)
  • Professional address:
    • Prof. Dr. Mark Waer
      University Hospital Leuven
      Algemene Directie 5 de verdiep
      Herestraat 49,
      B-3000 Leuven, Belgium.
      Telephone: +32-(0)16-3 4 49 84
      E-mail :
    • Prof. Dr. Mark Waer
      Vice President (vice rector) Biomedical Sciences
      Catholic University Leuven
      Campus Gasthuisberg, O&N2
      Herestraat 49, B 700
      B-3000 Leuven, Belgium;
      Telephone: 32-(0)16-33.02.86
      Fax : 32-(0)16-33.02.12
      E-mail :


1976:Medical Doctor "Magna cum laude", University of Leuven (K.U.Leuven), Belgium
1981:Specialist internal Medicine - Nephrology, University of Leuven (K.U.Leuven), Belgium
1983:Ph.D. Medical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine University of Leuven (K.U.Leuven), Belgium. "Immunological effects of fractionated total lymphoid irradiation on the induction of transplantation tolerance and in the treatment of autoimmune disorders".
1983 -1985:Post-doctorate fellow, Medicine-Immunology, Stanford University, Stanford Ca 94305, V.S.A.

Employment - Positions

1985 - 1992:"Adjunct Chief of Clinic" Nephrology Department University of Leuven (K.U.Leuven), Belgium
1992 - Professor (tenure) Faculty of Medicine, University of Leuven (K.U.Leuven), Belgium.
1994 - Director Laboratory for Experimental Transplantation, University of Leuven (K.U.Leuven), Belgium
1998 - 2005:Medical Director University Hospitals, University of Leuven (K.U.Leuven), Belgium.
1999 - 2003:Part-time Adviser of the National Minister of Health for academic and specialized medicine matters.
2003 - 2005: President of the Immunology Branch of the Belgian National Fund for Medical Research
2006 - 2007:General Director ad-interim University Hospitals, University of Leuven (K.U.Leuven), Belgium
2005- :Vice President (vice rector) Biomedical Sciences, University of Leuven (K.U.Leuven), Belgium
2006- :Chairman of the University Hospitals, University of Leuven (K.U.Leuven), Belgium.

Scientific Awards

1983: Fulbright Hays Award for Medical Research
1983: NATO Award for Medical Research
1984: Post-doctorate fellowship, Stanford University, U.S.A.
1986: Award of the Belgian Immunological Society for the best presentation, International Congress of Immunology, Toronto, Canada
1989: Award of "Levenslijn" for anticancer treatment using bone marrow transplantation
1992: Award of "Vereniging voor Kankerbestrijding" for studies dealing with leukemia recurrence after bone marrow transplantation
1995: Award of the European Society of Organ Transplantation for the best oral communication during the Congress in Vienna
1996: Award of "Levenslijn" for studies dealing with Xenotransplantation for pancreas islets
2004-2005: Belgian Francqui-chair at the University of Antwerp: Immunobiology and Immunotherapy.

Research Interests

Transplantation Immunology:
Induction of transplantation tolerance, bone marrow chimerism, new immunosuppressats, xenotransplantation
Tumor Immunology:
Immunological defense mechanisms against cancer, graft versus leukemia effect
Immune mechanism in experimental models for multiple sclerosis, diabetic, Crohn's disease, arthritis

Scientific Activities Abroad

1983-1985: Post-doctorate fellowship, Dept. Medicine, Division Immunology (Dir. Prof. Dr. S. Strober), Stanford University, Stanford 94305, U.S.A.

Present Positions

  • Vice President (vice rector) Biomedical Sciences, University of Leuven (K.U.Leuven), Belgium
  • Professor of Immunology, University of Leuven (K.U.Leuven), Belgium
  • Chairman of the University Hospitals, University of Leuven (K.U.Leuven), Belgium
  • Director Laboratory of Experimental Transplantation, University of Leuven (K.U.Leuven), Belgium
  • Member of the Royal Academy Medicine of Belgium

Scientific Activities

  • Member of the Editorial board of "Transplantation"
  • Author and co-author of more than 200 publications in international peer-review - journals
  • Author of several chapters in Handbooks of Nephrology (e.g. Massry and Glassock: Textbook of Nephrology) and Transplantation (e.g. P. Morris, Kidney Transplantation; Ginns, Cosimi and Morris: Transplantation; Baumgartner, Reitz and Achuff: Heart and Heart-Lung Transplantation)
  • Co-founder (2002) of "4AZA Bioscience" a spin-off bioscience company developing new 'small molecules' for immunotherapy.