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van Lenthe, Harry
Professor of Biomechanics, KU Leuven
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Harry van Lenthe (1970) is a Professor of Biomechanics at the Biomechanics Section, KU Leuven (University of Leuven), Leuven, Belgium, since 2007.

Born in the Netherlands, he studied Mechanical Engineering at University of Twente, Enschede. In 2001, he received a Ph.D. in Medicine (Orthopedic Biomechanics) from Radboud University, Nijmegen. He worked as a post-doctoral fellow at Eindhoven University of Technology and at ETH Zurich where he became a Lecturer in 2004. Since his move to Leuven in 2007, he has kept a part-time position at ETH until 2015. 

The research of Harry van Lenthe focuses on the quality of bone, and how it is changing during growth and aging. In addition, he is studying the interaction between bone and implants. He has been developing quantitative non-invasive methodologies, using state-of-the-art bioimaging, visualization techniques, and computational analyses, to assess bone quality. Main areas of expertise are micro-CT scanning and subsequent quantitative analyses. A special focus is on micro-CT-based finite element modeling using high-performance computing. He has used it to assess bone strength from in vivo high-resolution CT images of the distal radius. On a basic level, he has performed experimental and computational analyses on bones from inbred strains of mice. His scientific work has been published mainly in leading journals in the field; he is an author on nearly 100 publications in international peer-reviewed journals, 5 book chapters, and over 250 full proceedings and abstracts. According to Web of Science his h-index = 30.

Harry van Lenthe is teaching several courses, among which Biomechanics, Musculoskeletal Biomechanics, and Design in Medical Technology. He plays a coordinating role for the Master theses in Biomedical Engineering at KU Leuven. Since 2012 he is the Program Director of the Master in Biomedical Engineering at KU Leuven, hence, he is responsible for the quality of the curriculum as well as for student affairs. 

Harry van Lenthe has received several awards including the European Society of Biomechanics Research Award (2000). He received a Fellowship from the Roche Research Foundation (2004), and received the Young Investigator Award from the International Bone Densitometry Workshop (2004).