This week's hall of fame member is Dirk De Ridder.
Name: Dirk De Ridder
Biography: Dirk De Ridder is Professor of Urology at the Katholieke Universtiteit Leuven, Belgium. He chairs the dept. of urology of the University Hospitals KU Leuven. Dirk qualified in medicine in1989, became an accredited urologist in 1995, and completed a PhD thesis on urological care for multiple sclerosis patients in 1998. Dirk has been a staff member of University Hospitals KU Leuven since 1995.
Dirk's research interests include male and female incontinence, interstitial cells, TRP channels and urothelial signalling, and obstetric fistula. He is a senior clinical researcher of the FWO Flanders. Dirk founded the lab for experimental urology at KU Leuven in 2000 and has supervised more than 10 PhD students.
Dirk chaired the Fistula Committee of the International Consultation of Incontinence, and has previously served as President of the European Society for Neurourology (2004–2007), a board member of the European Society for Female and Functional Urology (2007–2011) and Chair of the Standardisation Committee and Executive Board member of the International Continence Society (both 2007–2010).
Dirk was an associate editor for Neurourology and Urodynamics and the British Journal of Urology International.
Why are you an ICS member: The single international and multidisciplinary society on continence. No other society can offer this interesting mix.
Which was your first ICS meeting: Athens, 27th - 30th August 1996
Special ICS memories: During my first presentation I was severely attacked on statistics by J. Malone Lee and had to be saved by Clare Fowler.
Biggest influence: Prof. Clare Fowler, William de Groat and Michael Chancellor
The one paper (or book/article/video) you must read/view: The standardisation reports, for sure.
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