Ghent University/Ghent University Hospital (UGENT)

Universiteit Gent

Universiteit Gent
Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 25,
B-9000 Gent, Belgium
http://www.ugent.be/en
http://www.uzgent.be/nl/home/Paginas/home.aspx

Lead Investigator

Mirko Petrovic

Prof. Dr. Mirko Petrovic
Senior clinical researcher in geriatric pharmacotherapy
Leader of WP06
Phone: +32 9 332 23 66
Fax: +32 332 9 52 51
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Scientific and administrative staff

Lore Vandaele

Lore Vandaele
Primary Researcher

Contact

Eline Meireson

Eline Meireson

Researcher

Mieke Laforce

Mieke Laforce
BSc
Phone: +32 9 332 01 97

Virgie Baert

Virgie Baert

Administrator of SENATOR

Ghent University Hospital Presentation

Ghent University offers high-quality, research-based education in a wide range of academic disciplines, spread over 11 faculties. Today, Ghent University attracts over 30,000 students, with a foreign student population of over 1,800 EU citizens and some 1,200 students from non-EU countries.  With a view to cooperation in research and scientific service, numerous top-level research groups, centers and institutes have been founded over the years. Within the Faculty of Medicine and Health sciences (i.e. the Department of Internal medicine, service of Geriatrics), the research group Quality of care in geriatric patients has been developed. One of the important lines within this research group is related to Drug utilization and drug related problems in older adults. Prof. M. Petrovic, senior clinical researcher with expertise in geriatric pharmacotherapy, is responsible for this research line. He is the only geriatrician in the Dutch speaking part of Belgium with the background and certificate of clinical pharmacology and the member of the EMA (European Medicine Agency) Geriatric Expert Group. Moreover, he is author of various book chapters, peer-review publications in the field of drug related problems in old subjects, co-author and co-editor of books, promoter of dissertations and PhD theses, reviewer of several international peer-reviewed journals. The main aims of the above mentioned research line are: to outline the pattern of drug utilisation in the elderly in-patients and patients residing in nursing homes; to assess the quality of prescribing and to estimate to what extent the prescriptions are tailored to real medical needs; to assess to what extent the organisation of an institution influences the relationship between drug utilisation and medical needs; to use prescribing indicators for identification of prescribing which is not in line with national and regional prescribing guidelines and to contribute to the organisation and implementation of a better prescribing policy in the elderly. The scientific record of the group illustrates extensive scientific experience both in performing epidemiological studies and clinical trials (i.e. in the GerontoNet validation study 483 patients were included). In addition, Prof. Petrovic is member of the consortium of the FP7-HEALTH-2011 MID_FRAIL study (A randomized clinical trial to evaluate the effectiveness of a Multi-modal Intervention in older people with type 2 Diabetes on FRAILty and quality of life’). The research group is situated within a developed national and international network (i.e. Belgian Society for Gerontology and Geriatrics, EUGMS, GerontoNet).

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