Dr. Patrick Willems obtained his medical degree at the University of Antwerp in Belgium in 1981. He was trained as a pediatrician at the University Hospital of Groningen in the Netherlands (Prof. John Fernandes) from 1981 to 1985. He trained in Molecular Biology as a postdoc at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) with Prof. John OÃ¬Brien from 1985-1987.
From 1987 to 2000 he was attached to the Medical Genetics Center of the University of Antwerp (UIA and RUCA), where he was Professor of Medical Genetics and responsible for molecular diagnostics and research.
The research team of Dr Willems was involved in the isolation and characterization of many genes responsible for mental retardation, deafness and cancer. He is the author of more than 250 scientific publications, including many papers in top journals such as Cell, Nature and The New England Journal of Medicine.
Dr Willems is the founder and director of GENDIA (www.GENDIA.net), a network of genetic laboratories.