Prof Gunnar Naulaers graduated as MD at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL) in 1990.
He specialized in pediatrics and later in neonatology at the University Hospitals Leuven. He started as a staff member at the NICU University Hospitals Leuven in 1997 and became head of the NICU in 2007. The NICU of the University Hospitals Leuven currently has 35 NICU beds and 8 low care beds with a total of around 700 admissions each year. Patients are both preterm and term infants. There are special programs for congenital cardiopathies, ECMO, neonatal neurology, diaphragmatic hernia and other congenital malformations.
He received a Clinical Doctoral Grant from the Fund of Scientific Research, Flanders and graduated as PhD in 2003 with the manuscript Non-invasive measurement of the cerebral and splanchnic circulation by near-infrared spectroscopy. (Acta Biomedica Lovaniensia 295; 2003). As member of the European Neonatal Brain Club he further specialised in neonatal neurology. Research in near-infrared spectroscopy and EEG in preterm and term infants is ongoing in the unit with a special collaboration with ESAT (Engineering department) for signal analysis and automatisation of EEG and NIRS interpretation. Recent research is also focused on perinatal asphyxia with collaborators in Leuven and Kinshasa.
He has published 131 international articles. He is currently the President of the College Mother-child, section neonates and member of the board of BVN (Belgian society of Neonatology), VVK (Flemish society of pediatrics) and SPE (Study center perinatal epidemiology)