Robert Vander Stichele is a practicing family physician in Ghent, Belgium, since 1978. He combines his clinical practice with research projects since 1982 He obtained his PhD (in medical sciences) in 2004, and was appointed as teaching professor in the department of Pharmacology in the University of Ghent. He became a certified clinical pharmacologist in 2009. His interest are in information on and use of medicines. He is member of the board of the European Drug Utilisation Research Group (EURODURG). He is a senior-researcher in the research alliance on “End-of-Life Care”, a consortium of the University of Ghent, Brussels, Amsterdam and Rotterdam. He is member of the Board of the International Society of Phthirapterists (ISOP), and of the European Society for the study of Patient Adherence and Compliance (ESPACOMP). He is a member of the Belgian Centre for Pharmacotherapeutic Information, and founding member of the Board of the Belgian Centre for Evidence-Based -Medicine (CEBAM). He is currently senior advisor for the creation of a web portal for evidence based medicines directed to the Belgian health care professionals (EBMPracticeNET). He has recently taken an position of Work Package Leader- Assistent in the Network of Excellence for Semantic Interoperability in Europe (SemanticHealthNet), and joined RAMIT, at the department of Medical Informatics of Ghent University. His publication list comprises more than 130 scientific papers (refereed in Medline).