Guido Van Hal is a medical sociologist with a PhD in medical sciences (on breast and cervical cancer screening). He is a professor at the University of Antwerp, Belgium, Research Group Epidemiology and Social Medicine, Research Unit Medical Sociology and Health Policy.
Professor Van Hal is working in the field of cancer screening (breast, colorectal and cervical cancer) and is currently president of the Consortium of Flemish Cancer Screening Centres. He was promoter of the Flemish pilot trial for colorectal cancer screening and he is a member of the Flemish Task Force for Screening, the Flemish Task Force for Breast Cancer Screening and the Flemish Task Force for Colorectal Cancer Screening.
Professor Van Hal has been the promoter of several research projects on cancer screening such as GP target payment for breast cancer screening, non-participation in breast cancer screening, drop-out in breast cancer screening. He is involved in the EPAAC (European Partnership for Action Against Cancer) and he has also performed researches in tobacco prevention: cigarette plain packaging, 24 hours not smoking campaign and more. Funders of these studies were Flemish and Belgian as well as European authorities.
Professor Van Hal is also co-ordinator of the Regional Screening Centre of Antwerp (Belgium). He is author of and co-author of several peer-reviewed publications.