Marc Nyssen
Free University Brussels, Belgium

Marc Nyssen obtained his PhD. degree in 1983 at the Free University Brussels in Electrical Engineering. Currently he is Professor of Medical Informatics at Free University Brussels (VUB). From early on his research interests have focused on information technology and its applications in healthcare. He has pioneered several initiatives that today are taken as defaults. As an example, he is the co-founder of the “Belgian Unix systems Users Group” associated with the EurOpen European federation of national user groups. The BUUG introduced and ran the EUnet network, Belgium′s first Internet connection between 1986 and 1994.

His is interested in different aspects of the computerized production lines, mainly for the scientist, with emphasis on network communication aspects. Image processing related hardware and software systems and eHealth, i.e. medical Internet applications and Electronic medical records are examples of areas where he has contributed. Currently he is responsible for a Belgium wide project which consists of the introduction of electronic medical prescriptions in Belgium. He is also coordinator of the Flemish inter-university masters in Biomedical Engineering and in Medical data management, a member of the Belgian “Health telematics Commission” and Chairman of VLIRUOS, the Flemish university council responsible for academic cooperation projects, worldwide.

As National Secretary of the Belgium IFMBE Affiliate he has represented Belgium in the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE) from the early 90’s onwards. He is co-founder and Secretary General of the Belgian National Committee on Biomedical Engineering within the Belgian Royal Academy of Sciences and Fine Arts. Currently he is a member of IFMBE Administrative Council.