Prof. Dimitri Beeckman
EPUAP President Elect
Prof. Dimitri Beeckman is trained as a nurse and holds an MSc. in Nursing and Midwifery, an MSc. in Education, and a PhD in Social Health Sciences. He is a Professor of Skin Integrity and Clinical Nursing at Ghent University in Belgium. He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Surrey (UK), the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (Ireland), and Örebro University (Sweden). Prof. Beeckman is President- Elect of both the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (EPUAP) and the International Skin Tear Advisory Panel (ISTAP). He is specialised in skin integrity research, clinical trials, healthcare education and implementation science. He authored the Belgian guidelines for pressure ulcer prevention and treatment and an International Best Practice Document about prevention and management of Incontinence- Associated Dermatitis (IAD). Amongst leading many other projects, he is chief investigator of a large multi- centre medical device trial to evaluate the application of a silicone adhesive multilayer foam dressing to prevent pressure ulcers in hospitalised patients. He authored over 100 scientific publications in international peer- reviewed journals. He is Consulting Editor of the Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing, the Journal of Tissue Viability, as well as Associate Editor of BMC Geriatrics. Prof. Beeckman holds Fellowships at the Sigma Theta Tau International Honour Society of Nursing and the European Academy of Nursing Science.