Rik Lories directs the Laboratory for Tissue Homeostasis and Disease that is part of the Skeletal Biology and Engineering Research Center at KU Leuven. He is a consultant physician in the Division of Rheumatology at the University Hospitals Leuven. KU Leuven, the largest and oldest university in Belgium, ranks 49th in the Times Higher Education World 2018 Ranking and tops Reuter’s 2018 ranking of Europe’s most innovative universities (7th in the world).
His research focuses on endogenous tissue responses in the jointwith specific attention towards translational questions in chronic arthritis, in particular osteoarthritis, axial spondyloarthritis, and psoriatic arthritis. Currently full Professor (“gewoon hoogleraar”) at KU Leuven, he obtained his medical degree summa cum laude in 1996. He subsequently started specialty training in internal medicine and rheumatology. In 2003, he was certified as rheumatologist. In 2003 he also obtained a PhD in biomedical sciences at KU Leuven.