Luc Deliens, PhD, qualified in Medical Sociology, is Professor of Palliative Care Research at Ghent University (UG) & Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and is the Founding Director of the multidisciplinary End-of-Life Care Research Group of VUB & UG in Belgium. He is the Co-Chair of the European Association for Palliative Care Research Network and is leading on several international EU funded research projects on palliative care, incl. the ongoing PACE project, comparing the effectiveness of Palliative Care for Elderly people in long-term care facilities in Europe (2014-2019).
He received several scientific awards, and in 2009, he became the first member of the Royal Academy of Medicine of Belgium to represent palliative care. He successfully supervised over 35 PhDs, and is actually supervising more than 20 PhD students. He published over 350 papers in international peer-reviewed journals, incl. in NEJM, Lancet, JAMA, JCO, BMJ, JAMDA, JAGS and authored, co-authored or edited more than 15 books, and over 50 book chapters.