Jean-Pierre Timmermans

University of Antwerp

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“Jean-Pierre Timmermans studied zoology at UHasselt and UAntwerp. He obtained his PhD in sciences in 1987 and completed his habilitation in 1994. Since 2003, he is full professor at the Department of Veterinary Sciences of UAntwerp, where he is chair of the Laboratory of Cell Biology and Histology and director of the Antwerp Centre for Advanced Microscopy (ACAM). His main research interests relate to the autonomic nervous system, with specific attention to neuroimmune interactions in the gastrointestinal and respiratory tracts. His recent research activities are focused on the brain-gut-microbiome axis. He is (associated) editor of several international journals. He was Astra Foundation chair holder (1999-2001), received an honorary degree from the Saint Petersburg Institute of Bioregulation and Gerontology of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences and is a foreign member of the Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina. He is a former president of the Royal Belgian Society for Microscopy, the International Society of Autonomic Neuroscience and the Anatomische Gesellschaft. He is a fellow of the American Association of Anatomists (since 2012) and an honorary fellow of the Anatomische Gesellschaft (since 2017). He is (co-)author of over 350 peer-reviewed articles having received more than 10,600 citations so far. He was vice-rector for research at UAntwerp from 2008-2016 and as such jointly responsible for UAntwerp’s research policy. He is/was a member of the governing bodies of multiple scientific agencies and societies including the Flemish Interuniversity Council (VLIR), the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO), the Agency for Innovation by Science and Technology (IWT, now merged into Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship (VLAO)), the Flanders Institute for Biotechnology (VIB), the Royal Belgian Society for Microscopy, the Belgian Society for Cell and Developmental Biology, the Dutch Anatomical Society, the Anatomische Gesellschaft, the International Society for Autonomic Neuroscience, …”

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