Dr Anne Vanhoestenberghe PhD MSc (Belgium)
Anne was a truly international student with schooling in her native Belgium before completing her final year as an Erasmus student in the Netherlands. She then undertook a 5 year Masters of Engineering Science in Belgium, followed by her PhD at University College London (UCL). She has worked in Germany (IMTEK, Freiburg) and Australia (UNSW, Sydney), where she contributed to the development of the Bionic Eye. She co-founded the Centre for Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology CREATe, at UCL, where she is an associate professor (research profile). She develops implantable electronic devices to improve the quality of life of patients, through applications such as, control of prosthetic limbs, restoration of movement for paralysed muscles, activation of artificial organs and neuromodulation for improved bladder control or spasticity management. She was the second grant holder for INSPIRE’s successful project NEUROMOD (2016-2018) and is now involved in NEUROMOD II.
Anne chairs the UK chapter of the International Microeletronics Assembly and Packaging Society (IMAPS-UK). She is also a keen teacher, who actively seeks new strategies to develop more inclusive learning spaces and to improve the university experience of non-mainstream students. Her focus and ambition is to improve the quality of life of people affected by disease and disability by supporting the development of therapeutic and rehabilitation interventions. Her research includes core engineering considerations for new devices interacting with the nervous system, as well as scientific collaborations with clinicians. Despite her extremely busy professional portfolio, Anne was delighted to be asked to join INSPIRE’s National Scientific Committee in May 2019.