Professor Dr Elens has started her Biomedical sciences studies
Professor Dr Elens has started her Biomedical sciences studies at the ‘Université Catholique de Louvain’ (UCL) in Brussels, Belgium in 2002. After completing her Master degree in 2006, she began a PhD program in Pharmaceutical sciences which topic was ‘Pharmacogenetics of Anti-HIV drugs: The case of Lopinavir” under the supervision of Prof Vincent Haufroid (UCL, Brussels, Belgium). Her PhD project has been awarded by the “Prix Pierre et Colette Bauchau 2007”. Professor Laure Elens obtained her PhD in 2010. After this achievement, she started a post-doctoral formation in the Erasmus MC in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, at the department of Clinical chemistry in the Pharmacogenetic core lab under the supervision of Prof Ron van Schaik to extend her knowledge in pharmacogenetics and to apply her expertise to other classes of drugs among which opioids and pain medication. This formation was a great step in her career. After 2 years, she went back at the UCL to start a 3-year project for which she obtained a grant as a research fellow for the Fonds National de la recherche Scientifique (FRS-FNRS). In 2013, she has been nominated as a Professor in Pharmacokinetics at the Pharmacy and biomedical sciences Faculty (FASB) in the Louvain Drug Research Institute (LDRI) at the UCL. During her path, she has received the Belgian and Luxembourg Society of Toxicology (BLT) award in 2008. She has also been awarded from the Belgian and Luxembourg Society of Clinical chemistry (KBVKC-SRBCC) in 2009 for the best publication in a peer-reviewed journal and at the 12th IATDMCT congress (Stuttgart, Germany) in 2011 for the best abstract in Therapeutic Drug Monitoring. In 2010, she has also been granted by the Wallonie Bruxelles international (WBI) world program and the Fond scientifique de la Recherche (FSR, UCL) for her postdoctoral Project. In 2015, she was awarded by the IATDMCT with the Patsalos price for the best Publication in Therapeutic Drug Monitoring and in 2017, she was presented the Théophile Gluge award in Physiology.