Dr. Valerie A Luyckx

Scientific Officer,  Department of Public and Global Health, Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute, University of Zurich, Switzerland.  

Associate Scientist, Renal Division at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School.

Honorary Associate Professor, Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of Cape Town.


Dr Luyckx obtained her MBBCh from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. She trained in Internal Medicine at University of Miami and in Nephrology at Harvard Medical School. She holds an MSc in Public Health in Developing Countries from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a PhD in Biomedical Ethics and Law from the University of Zurich.

Research interests: Dr Luyckx’s research and advocacy activities concern challenges of justice, ethics and moral distress relating priority setting and to resource allocation, related to the prevention and management of kidney disease and in resource limited settings. 

Professional experience: Dr Luyckx has held clinical/academic faculty position in internal medicine and nephrology at  the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa; Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA; University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. She has participated in the Renal Disaster Relief Task Force with Medécins sans Frontières after the Haiti earthquake and has been active in coordinating support and advocating for people living with kidney disease in many other emergencies with International and European Societies of Nephrology. She supports  the Global Health Ethics team at WHO as a consultant. 

Notable achievements: Leonard Tows Humanism in Medicine Award, from Arthur P. Gold Foundation

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