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The Brewing Science Serves Health fund is a Leuven University Fund that aims to raise funds to stimulate, support and promote research at the interface between brewing, medical and health sciences. This includes for example: Support research aimed at health effects of brewing ingredients or yeast as a model system for human diseases, granting and awarding prizes (scholarships, awards) in the domain and organizing or helping organize symposiums including inviting speakers. We welcome your help and emphasize that anyone can be a sponsor of the fund: a business, an organization, an individual, a family. Please contact us if you want to be part of our fund and can make a donation.

  • Januari 2014

    The Initiation

    Mr. Bernard Van den Bogaert, former CEO of the Belgian brewery De Koninck in Antwerp, takes the initiative to establish the fund.

  • April 2014

    Teaming up with KU Leuven

    The Leuven University Fund, a public benefit institution (ANBI) and the central body for patronage and sponsorship at Leuven University (KU Leuven), advises the founders and assists in the set up of the fund.

  • September 2014

    Launching the Website

    The Brewing Science Serves Health fund website is launched and the fundraising starts.

  • December 2014

    Official establishment

    The inauguration of the Brewing Science Serves Health fund will be held on December 4, 2014 in the salons of the KU Leuven University Hall.

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French chemist and microbiologist Louis Pasteur (1822 - 1895) is renowned for his discoveries of the principles of vaccination, microbial fermentation and pasteurization and is remembered for his remarkable breakthroughs in the causes and preventions of diseases. He was a pioneer who published the earliest scientific studies on wine (1866), beer (1876), the role of microbes in fermentation (1878), silk worm disease (1870) and the treatment of rabies (1886). He harbored both brewing and human health knowledge and his discoveries have saved countless lives. With the wealth of information, in particular genetic information of the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae (1996) and the human genome (2001), that became available more than a century later, it became apparant that many human genes have a yeast homolog of which functional information is available. Since then, yeast has been a model organism to study health and disease in humans. Examples of relevant publications are shown below.

Yeast as a Model Organism

With the entire yeast genome sequence in hand, we can estimate how many yeast genes have significant mammalian homologs


Think yeast just belongs in the kitchen? Cell division in baker's yeast can also tell us about mutations that cause cancer.

Alzheimer’s Disease

Links between beta-amyloid peptide (a contributor to Alzheimer's disease), endocytosis, and human AD risk factors can be ascertained with yeast.


Interested in more literature? A list of relevant literature can be found here!


Bernard Van den Bogaert

Former Chief Executive Officer
Brewery De Koninck

Michel Moortgat

Chief Executive Officer

Prof. Kevin Verstrepen

Principal Investigator
KU Leuven

Prof. Johan thevelein

Principal Investigator
KU Leuven

Dr. Gino Baart

Managing Director
Leuven Institute for Beer Research, KU Leuven

The Management committee of the fund consists of the following persons:

Dr. ir. Gino Baart, Leuven Institute for Beer Research, KU Leuven
Prof. dr. Paul van Dun, KU Leuven Research and Development
Prof. dr. Georges Gielen, Science, Engineering and Technology Group, KU Leuven
Prof. dr. Hedwig Neven, Centre of Microbial and Plant Genetics, KU Leuven
Prof. dr. Johan Thevelein, Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology Section, KU Leuven
Prof. dr. Jean-Pierre Tricot, Faculty of Medicine, KU Leuven
Prof. dr. Kevin Verstrepen, Centre of Microbial and Plant Genetics, KU Leuven

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