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Edgard studied communication sciences at the VUB and became doctor in the media and communication studies with his thesis on 'the power balance between patient and general practitioner in relation to Web health information'. He is communication manager of the University Hospital of the VUB (UZ Brussel). He has built up a long experience in internal and external communication for companies and organisations, crisis communication and media relations as a pollster, journalist, communication manager-spokesperson of the Belgian Red Cross and communication consultant. He is a guest professor on Patient Empowerment at the Erasmushogeschool Brussel and co-founder of the non-profit organisation Patient Empowerment.