Lode Godderis is Professor at the Centre for Environment and Health of the University of Leuven. He investigates the impact of environment on health by unravelling the underlying (epigenetic) mechanism and also the reverse how health can affect work (dis)ability. I lead the division of the Laboratory of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene. The lab analyses air samples and biological samples of workers using state-of-the-art equipment (e.g. UPLC/MS/MS, SPME-GC/MS and others).
He is also director Knowledge, Information and Research at IDEWE (External Service for Prevention and Protection at Work) where I lead a team specialized in studies on psycho-social risks and analysis of (medical) data for companies and sectors.
His research is essentially integrated in his academic task to transfer knowledge to the society. In this context, he has already carried out several projects for the Federal Public services and I give frequently advice to the government, Superior Health Council of Belgium and European Scientific Committees. I participate as expert in the following commissions: National Institute for Health and Disease Insurance (advisory board on disability knowledge center), Federal Public Service Public Health: scientific committee REACH, Fund for Occupational Diseases (scientific committee).
He is the current chair of Modernet; an international network for development of techniques for discovering trends in work-related diseases and tracing new and emerging risks. He is also a management committee member of EU COST action Dimopex: Diagnosis, Monitoring and Prevention of Exposure-Related Noncommunicable Diseases.