Patrick Willems received his degree as a Medical Doctor (MD) from the University of Antwerp in Belgium. He was trained in Pediatrics at the University of Groningen in The Netherlands. Afterwards he joined John O’ Brien in the Department of Neurosciences at the University of San Diego to work on the genetics of lysosomal storage disorders. From 1987 to 2000 he was at the University of Antwerp where he was Professor of Medical Genetics.
Dr. Willems was involved in the localisation and isolation of several disease genes involved in mental retardation, deafness and cancer. He is the author of more than 200 peer-reviewed scientific papers in international journals, including many papers in top scientific journals such as Cell, Nature Genetics, and the New England Journal of Medicine.
He is the Founder and Director of GENDIA, a network of diagnostic genetic labs (www.GENDIA.net) that aimes to facilitate diagnostics for genetic disorders. Dr Willems has been counselling patients and families with genetic diseases for more than 20 years.