About Us

Luc Van Gaal

Scientific Training


MD, University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium, 1978

PhD, University of Antwerp, Belgium, 1990

Specialist in Internal Medicine/Endocrinology and Metabolism, University of Antwerp, Antwerp University Hospital, Belgium, 1983


Current and Past Positions


Head, Department of Endocrinology, Diabetology and Metabolism, Antwerp University Hospital, Belgium, 2001-

Professor of Medicine, Department of Diabetology, Metabolism and Clinical Nutrition, University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium, 1992-

Director, Metabolic Unit, Antwerp University Hospital, Antwerp, Belgium, 1985-


Publications and Book Chapters


Publications: 240

Book chapters: 10


Awards and Distinctions


FWO Research Grant Genetics of Obesity (File G.0028.05), 2004-2008

BOF University project UA – Genetics of Obesity, 2003

FWO (Levenslijn) Grant (Belgian Diabetes Association), 1996

Merck Sharp & Dohme Lipid Club Fellowship Price, 1991

Menarini Price for Clinical Diabetology, 1990

NFWO Research Grant (1.5.472.88 N)

Laureate Verdonk Funds, Royal Academy of Medicine (Belgium), 1986-1988

Espen-Ajinomoto Research Fellowship, 1985


Professional Associations


Secretary Belgian Endocrine Society, 2005-

Board Member - Belgian Association for the Study of Obesity (BASO), 1990-

Board Member - Belgian Diabetic Society, 1980-

Founding Member - Obesitas Forum (Belgium) and International (IASO) SCOPE program, 2004

Co-president - 10th European Congress on Obesity, Antwerp, Belgium, 2000

Past President, Belgian Lipid Club

Past President, Belgian Diabetes Association

Past President, Belgian Association for the Study of Obesity


Additional Information


Editorial Boards

Journal of the American College of Nutrition 1986-1996

International Journal of Obesity

Netherlands Journal of Medicine

Journal of Weight & Eating Disorders (Co-editor)

Nutrition, Metabolism & Cardiovascular Diseases

International Projects

Member of the International Advisory Board of the IDOF Meeting 2010 (Athens) and 2011 (Istanbul) -

Member of the Program Committee of EASD meetings, Rome 2008 and Vienna 2009

Member Executive Steering Committee SCOUT Outcome Trial

Participating Member of HEPADIP EU consortium on “Role of the liver in the metabolic syndrome”

Coordinator BMI Study Group, metabolic surgery in patients with type 2 diabetes (Belgian project in collaboration with Government)

Committee Member IDF, consensus committee on metabolic surgery for type 2 diabetes

Dr. Van Gaal has organized several meetings in the field of obesity and type 2 diabetes.