Patrick de Marie trained in medicine at the Catholic University of Bukavu-UCB (Democratic Republic of Congo-DRC). After years of clinical tropical medicine, he further performed clinical training at Université Catholique de Louvain, Saint Luc Hospital in Brussels (Belgium) before moving to Stellenbosch University (South Africa) for a two-year MSc in Clinical Epidemiology. He then embarked on a Ph.D. fellow at the KU Leuven in Belgium to assess environmental exposure and risk of respiratory illnesses in Kivu, DRC (the EERRIK Project).
Patrick de Marie's research includes experimental work and clinical-epidemiological studies of respiratory illnesses attributable to environmental pollution (from household air pollution to mining air pollution), with a particular interest in the association of exposure to pollutants with the high triple burden of Tuberculosis, MDR-TB and HIV infection. He is also interested in evidence synthesis (evidence-informed policy and clinical practice guidelines development) and in implementation science, especially for poverty-related diseases (vaccine-preventable diseases) in low and middle-income countries (LMICs).
Patrick de Marie holds a clinical and academic position in the departments of internal medicine and public health at UCB and is co-founder of the Centre for Tropical Diseases and Global Health. He is also leading the health session at The Expertise Center on Mining Governance (CEGEMI) in the DRC to address an urgent need to gain better insights into the Congolese mining sector. Patrick de Marie joined the PATS-MECOR family in Kenya in 2012. He completed the three levels and gained the 2016 ATS Foundation MECOR Award for his project ‘Household Air Pollution and Risk of Tuberculosis in HIV Infected Patients in the Congo’.