Professor Maarten Naesens
- Full Professor of Medicine, Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Transplantation at KU Leuven University
- Clinical Director of Nephrology and Renal Transplantation Unit of the University Hospitals Leuven, Belgium
- Clinician-scientist with an interest in harnessing the potential of big data and bioinformatic approaches to improve outcomes in transplantation.
Prof. Dr. Maarten Naesens is Clinical Director of the Nephrology and Renal Transplantation unit of the University Hospitals Leuven. He is co-directing the kidney transplant program, with special focus on renal allograft histology, antibody-mediated rejection, HLA sensitization, living donation and ABO-incompatible transplantation. He directs the protocol biopsy program of the University Hospitals Leuven and the “Biobank Renal Transplantation” at this same institution. He is appointed Full Professor in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Transplantation at the KU Leuven, University of Leuven.
In his translational research performed at this institution, he integrates clinical, histological, genetic and gene expression data, to get an integrated view on the determinants of rejection, inflammation, and histological damage progression of renal allografts and late graft loss. Prof. Maarten Naesens was principal investigator of the FP7 project “Biomargin” of the European Commission, focusing on biomarker research for kidney transplantation by using omics strategies and systems medicine, and of several government-funded research projects in this domain. He has published more than 170 peer-reviewed manuscripts in international journals, amongst others in New Engl J Med, J Exp Med, Sci Transl Med, Nature Comm, J Am Soc Nephrol, Transplantation, Am J Transplant and Kidney Int and Transplant International.
He has established collaborative projects and networks with multiple European and American research centers. He has received investigator awards from the European Society of Organ Transplantation, from the American Transplant Society and from The Transplantation Society. He is Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Transplant International, the official journal of the European Society of Organ Transplantation.