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Luc Deliens

Luc Deliens

Prof. of Palliative Care Research, Academic staff
+32 2 477 47 57 (PA), +32 9 332 07 76 (PA)


MSc, MA, PhD - Sociologist

Prof Luc Deliens, PhD in Health Sciences, MA in Sociology and MSc in Human Ecology, is professor of Palliative Care Research at the Department of Public Health and Primary Care of Ghent University as well as at the Department of Family Medicine and Chronic Care of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Since 2000, he is the founding Director of the End-of-Life Care Research Group of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Ghent University, in Belgium (

Internationally, he is chairing the Reference Group on Public Health and Palliative Care of the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC)( and is Co-Chair of the EAPC Research Network ( Between 2000 and 2014 he was also Professor of Public Health and Palliative Care at the EMGO Institute for Health and Care Research, VU University medical center in Amsterdam and founding chair of the Palliative Care Center of Expertise Amsterdam. He is associate editor or advisor for many international journals, e.g. Palliative Medicine, Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, Palliative Care and Social Practice, BMC Geriatrics; and grants agencies and science foundations, e.g. the Swiss National Science Foundation, the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZONMW) and German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

His work has been supported by grants from the EU FP5 to H2020, FWO Research Foundation – Flanders, IWT the Flemish Government Agency for Innovation by Science and Technology, KoTK Cancer Society of Flanders, DWTC the Belgian Federal Ministry of Science Policy, the Department of Science Policy of the Brussels Government, VWS the Dutch Ministry of Public Health, ZONMW the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development, OZR Research Fund of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, BOF Research Fund of Ghent University, King Baudouin Foundation and other leading medical and health charities.

Prof Luc Deliens has published more than 500 papers and book chapters, many in high impact journals or by leading publishing companies. He received several prestigious scientific awards for his work and in 2009, he became the first member of the Royal Academy of Medicine of Belgium to represent palliative care and end-of-life care in the Academy.