Professor Hugo PS Van Bever joined NUH as a Senior Consultant in Paediatric Allergy and Immunology and NUS as a Professor in June 2002. He completed his medical studies at the State University of Ghent, Belgium in 1978 and did his training in paediatrics at Children's Hospital, State University of Ghent, Belgium from 1978 to 1983. He became a Resident thereafter in Paediatric Allergy and Pulmonology, University of Antwerp, Belgium from 1984 to 1993. There, he became an Associate Professor in 1993 and Professor in 1997. Prof Van Bever was also the Head of the Department of Paediatrics, University of Antwerp, Belgium from 1997 to 2001.
Prof Van Bever is a member of various national and international societies, including The European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI), The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI), The European Society of Paediatric Allergy and Clinical Immunology (ESPACI), and The European Respiratory Society (ERS). He was the Past Secretary of the Group Paediatric Asthma and Allergy of the ERS, Past Secretary of The Belgian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (BELSACI) and Board Member of The Flemish Group of Allergologists. Since 2002, he has been a member of APAPARI (Asian Pacific Association of Paediatric Allergy, Respirology and Immunology).
On 28 November 2003, he organised a 3-day international APAPARI workshop in Singapore, titled "Asthma and allergies in young children in South-East Asia". On 11 December 2004, he organised a national workshop – "Treatment of Childhood Atopic Dermatitis". He was an active member of the scientific committee of the APAPARI-KAPARD joint meeting in Seoul (7 to 9 April, 2005). In April 2006, he organised a joint meeting between APAPARI and the Indonesian Society of Allergy and Immunology in Jakarta. He attended the second NUS-Harvard Medical International Program for Educators in 2005.
Prof Van Bever is now an active member of the board APAPARI, in which he is responsible for research and education in paediatric allergy. He was the Associate Editor of The European Respiratory Journal from 1993 to 1998. Currently, he is an Editorial Board member of Paediatric Allergy and Immunology. He is a reviewer for The European Journal of Paediatrics, Paediatric Allergy and Immunology, Allergy, Paediatric Pulmonology, The European Respiratory Journal, Paediatric Research, Paediatrics and Archives Diseases of Childhood. Prof Van Bever defended his PhD thesis successfully in June 1993 at the University of Antwerp. The title of this thesis is "Late asthmatic reactions in childhood asthma and influence of specific immunotherapy upon the late asthmatic reaction". He has published more than 250 papers in national and international journals.
His main research interest areas are paediatric allergy and paediatric respiratory infections. These include atopic diseases in infancy and prediction of atopic diseases in newborns (i.e. study of cord blood cells), inhaled corticosteroids and growth in childhood asthma, mechanisms of immunotherapy in childhood asthma (i.e. influence on bronchial inflammation and cytokine profiles), allergic reactions and food allergy in atopic dermatitis, lung function testing in preschool children and epidemiology of atopy and asthma. In the area of respiratory infections, his main interests are on viral bronchiolitis, relationship between viral infections and allergy, viral-induced ARDS and epidemiology of respiratory infections.
As Principle Investigator
- 2003 – 2017: Prevalence of allergic symptoms and atopy in 2 diverse populations in South East Asia, and a comparative evaluation of the influence of environmental microbial factors
- 2005 – 2007: The influence of fever on early life wheeze: Creating a predictive index for identifying wheezy infants at risk of persistent wheeze and likely asthma at preschool age
- 2005 – 2007: Study on the paediatric prevalence of adverse drug reaction and allergy in Singapore