Valerie Luyckx

Valerie Luyckx, PhD

Alumna 2019

Curriculum Vitae

I obtained my MBBCh degree from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa and an MSc in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical medicine. I completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Jackson Memorial Hospital, University of Miami, and Nephrology training at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard University.

I have held clinical faculty positions at the University of the Witwatersrand, Harvard University and the University of Alberta in Edmonton Canada. My primary interest is in Global Health specifically the area of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and management of Kidney disease in underserved populations in developed and developing countries.

My clinical experience in Nephrology and Internal Medicine in South Africa, Malawi, Haiti, USA and urban and remote Canada have all permitted me to experience the strengths and challenges of various health systems, especially with respect to management of chronic diseases and kidney disease under challenging circumstances.

I am currently enrolled in the PhD program in Biomedical Ethics and Law at the University of Zurich. My area of interest is in developing an ethical framework to approach the sustainable management of non-communicable diseases in resource poor environments, considering equity and economic challenges with the health system.

I was an invited speaker at the American Society of Nephrology meeting in Philadelphia, Nov 2014, where my affiliation was listed at the IBME. The title of my talk was “Healthy Babies for Healthy Kidneys”.

I have recently been an elected chairperson of the Global Outreach Program committee of the International Society of Nephrology.