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Linda J. De Meirleir MD, PhD is Professor of Pediatric Neurology and Metabolic Diseases.

Dr. De Meirleir received her MD at the Free University of Brussels in 1979. She then completed her specialization in Neuropsychiatry in 1984 in Brussels. Her further training included a Clinical Fellowship in Pediatric Neurology at HSC Toronto (1984/5) and a Foreign Research Fellowship Award from the HSC Foundation (1985/6). She subsequently obtained her PhD in Neuropediatric Sciences in the clinical and molecular characterization of Pyruvate dehydrogenase E1-alpha deficiency in 1993.

Dr. De Meirleir received her specialization in Pediatric Neurology in 1997 at the Free University of Brussels. She is currently the Chief of Pediatric Neurology an Metabolic Diseases at the Free University of Brussels in Belgium. Her primary area of research is focused on the intensive investigation of inborn errors of metabolism resulting in congenital lactic acidosis syndromes including the clinical, biochemical and molecular investigation of mitochondrial respiratory chain defects and pyruvate dehydrogenase deficiency and lysosomal diseases. Administratively, she is an active elected Board Member of the European Pediatric Neurology Society (EPNS) since 1998. She is also member of the board the ICNA since 2010. Currently she is the president of the Belgian Society of pediatric neurology and president of metabolics.be.