Marleen Temmerman

Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Director Women’s Health, Faculty of Heath Sciences

Telephone: 254 20 2238


PhD, Ghent University, Belgium, 1993
MPH, Free University Brussels, Belgium, 1985
OB/GYN, Board Certification, Ministry of Public Health, Belgium, 1983
DTM&H, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, 1979
MD, State University Ghent, Belgium, 1978


Management Development Programme, UZ Gent,(2009)
Certificate of Tropical Medicine, ITM, Antwerp, Belgium, 1979
Certificate of Medicine cum Laude, Ghent University, Belgium, 1978
Classics, O-L-Vr Ten Doorn, Eeklo, Belgium, 1970

Current areas of teaching

Women's health
Sexual and reproductive health
Implementation science and research

Research interests

Women's health and rights


Full Professor, Chair Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Director Women’s Health, Faculty of Heath Sciences, Aga Khan University in East Africa,2015 to date
Full Professor OB/GYN, Ghent University, Belgium, 1995-current;(leave of absence since 2012)
Head of Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Ghent University Hospital, Belgium,(2008-2012)
Director, International Centre for Reproductive Health, Ghent University, Belgium,1994-2012
Senator, Belgian Parliament (2007-2012)
Member of UN/WHO Independent Expert Review Group on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health (2010-2012)

Professional associations

Member of the Association of Medical practitioners, Belgium
Member of the Flemish Society for Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 1995
Member of the Scientific Commission SPE (Study group Perinatal Epidemiology), 1995
Member of the Editorial Council of the Yearbook Sexuality, relations and birth control of the CGSO, 1995
Member of the scientific committee of ADELF (Association des epidémiologistes de langue française en collaboration avec la ‘Belgian Public Health Association’) (1995-)
Member of the Belgian Association for Public Health (1995-)
Member of the League for Human Rights (1996-)
Member of the Belgian Association for Tropical Medicine (1997-)
Member of the Jury ‘Stichting Roeping voor de Medische wetenschappen’ (2000-)
Member of the Scientific Board of the VVOG (2002-)
Member of the Belgian Royal Academy for Medicine (2002-)
Member of the Board Mother and child, Federal Govt, Ministry Public Health (2004-).
Member of the Planning Commission Health Planning, Federal Govt, Ministry Public health (2004-)
Associate member of the Royal Academy for Overseas Science, category Physical and Medical Sciences
Board member of Prins Leopold Tropical Institute of Medicine, Antwerp (2005-)
Chair of the Flemish section of the High Commission of General Physicians, Federal Govt, Ministry of Public Health (2006-)
Board member of Sensoa (2007-).
Board member of ‘Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique Médicale’ (FNRS), Brussels (2007-)
Member of Parliament, Belgian Senate (2007-)
Member of the European Society for infectious diseases in obstetrics and gynaecology (1996-)
Member of the European Society for Contraception (1998-)
Member of the EU expert commission on Reproductive Health Indicators (2001-)
Member of the Network for AIDS research in Eastern and Southern Africa (NARESA) (1990-)
Member of the International Medical Women Association (1993-)
Member of the International Scientific Committee of the AIDS/STD in Africa Conferences (1994-)
Member of the International Society for STD Research (1995-)
Associate member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (2002-)
Member of the Steering Committee of the ‘Ghent IAS Working Group on HIV in Women and Children (2004-)
Member of the Institute of Primate Research International Advisory Board (IPRIAB)
Chair of the Advisory Group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU)
Associate Member of European Parliamentary Forum (EPF) on Population and Development

Awards and honours

DIAG award 1984 during the Third Belgian Colloquium of Clinical Biology with the poster: ‘Successful monitoring of ovulation induction with Gonadotrophins by daily serum hormone assays’ by Devroey P, Naaktgeboren N, De Bruyker P, Temmerman M, Wisanto A, Moens J.
Second Prize of the Group of advancement in microsurgery (GAM, 1982) with the lecture ‘Les adherences ovariennes changent le volume et la composition du liquide peritoneal’ by Devroey P and Temmerman M.
Award ‘Prof Dr Lucien De Conick Fund’ for biological science for the doctoral thesis ‘HIV-1 and Pregnancy’, March 1995 (50,000 BEF).
Award Antoon Spinoy for developing co-operation, May 1996 (125,000 BEF).
Award of the Foundation Henri De Kerckheer for social medicine, March 2000 (250.000BEF).
Young Investigators Award of the Durban AIDS Conference: In July 2000 the abstract entitled “The influence of HIV-1 shedding in the genital tract and mother-to-child HIV infection”, by Mwanyumba F, Gaillard P, Verhofstede C, Claeys P, Chohan V, Mandaliya K, Temmerman M (TuOr353), was awarded at the XIIIth International AIDS Conference, Durban, South-Africa, 9-14/7/2000 (1,500 USD).
Award De Schaepdrijver-Caenepeel 1997-2000, awarded by the Belgian Royal Academy of Medicine for the submitted paper on Female Genital Mutilation to Els Leye and Marleen Temmerman, November 2000 (150,000 BEF).
Award of ‘Most rewarding citizen of Lokeren 2001’, December 2001.
Award of the Free Masons ‘Les Amis du Commerce et de la Persévérance Réunis’, April 2002 (15,000 EUR).
Acknowledgement ICRH as WHO Collaborative Centre, April 2004.
Award Gabriella Moortgat Foundation 2004, June 2004 (25,000 EUR).
Elected Woman of the Year 2004 by the readers of Weekend-Knack, December 2004.
Award ‘Freedom of Expression’, May 2006.

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