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About Jan Bernheim

Jan Bernheim, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.P., M.F.P.M.

Professor of Medicine (part-time, tenured)
Human Ecology Department, Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, Free University of Brussels (VUB)
Laarbeeklaan 103, 1090 Brussel, Belgium
tel +32-2-477 42 81
e-mail: jan.bernheim [at]

Biomedical Consultant
Bernheim - Pro Scientia
Schepenijlaan 18, 1180 Brussel, Belgium
Tel: +32-2-374 66 69,
Cellular: +32- 479 2908 70
e-mail: bernprosci [ at ]


  • measurement of subjective quality of life or happiness through the ACSA (Anamnestic Comparative Self-Assessment) method
  • societal progress
  • bioethics, including issues such as euthanasia
  • oncology: interaction between exogenous and genetic factors in hormonal carcinogenesis
  • drug-disease interactions
Selected publications:
  • Bernheim Jan, Mendelsohn J., Kelley M., Dorian R. (1977): Kinetics of cell death and disintegration in human lymphocyte cultures. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA), 74 :2536-2540, .
  • Bernheim J., Buyse M. (1984). "Anamnestic comparative self assessment (ACSA): A method to measure the subjective quality of life of cancer patients". J. Psychosoc. Oncol. 1, p. 25-38,
  • Bernheim, Jan (1995): "Quality of life, or qualities of life? A critique, and a plea for emphasized global assessment of QOL", Quality of Life Research 3 , p. 155-156.
  • Bernheim, Jan & Vrana I. (1995): Similia similibus obscurantur : the pharmacological clinical activity bias. I. A prototype model to correct a disease drug interaction leading to misestimations of drug-attributable side-effects. Fundamental Clinical Pharmacology 9 : 583-592, .
  • Bernheim J. (1999): "How to Get Serious Answers to the Serious Question: `How have you been?': Subjective Quality of Life (QOL) as an Individual Experiential Emergent Construct", Bioethics 13: 3&4 .
  • Bernheim J. (1999): "The Cognitive Revolution and 21st Century Enlightenment: towards a contemporary evolutionary progressive world view", in: Aerts D., S. Gutwirth, Smets S. & L. Van Langenhove (eds.), Science, Technology and Social Change (Kluwer Academic Press, Dordrecht), p. 63-96.
  • Heylighen F. & Bernheim J. (2000): "Global Progress I: empirical evidence for increasing quality of life", Journal of Happiness Studies [in press]
  • Heylighen F. & Bernheim J. (2000): "Global Progress II: evolutionary mechanisms and their side-effects", Journal of Happiness Studies [in press]

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