Last year, TNO Principal Scientist Geert Houben was appointed Professor “Food-borne Risk Factors for Allergic and Inflammatory Diseases” at the faculty of Medicine at the Utrecht University and the University Medical Center Utrecht. On May 8th 2018, Geert pronounced his inaugural speech to formally accept his office as Professor.
Besides an overview of his past work and achievements, Geert described his current and future research focus and ambitions. His chair aims to gain a better insight into the risk factors in our food that play a role, and how they play a role, in allergic diseases and inflammatory diseases and on this basis find starting points for better prevention, diagnosis, therapy and management of these diseases.
An English translation of the inaugural speech can be found here: Inaugural speech Geert Houben.