Manu Malbrain (1965) qualified as MD and internal medicine physician (1991) at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. In 2013 he became the medical hospital director of the ZNA "Ziekenhuis Netwerk Antwerpen" Stuivenberg and ZNA St-Erasmus hospitals in Antwerp, Belgium. He is the manager and director of the Medical and Surgical ICU, the High Care Burn Unit and a hyperbaric oxygen chamber of the ZNA Stuivenberg/St-Erasmus. He is a critical care physician (qualified in 1996) and is actively involved in the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM). He studied the effects of raised intra-abdominal pressure (IAP) for the last 20 years. In 2007 he defended his PhD doctorate’s thesis on the same topic (KU Leuven). He is founding President and current Treasurer of the World Society of the Abdominal Compartment (WSACS). Besides IAP, his favourite topic is less invasive (hemodynamic) monitoring and fluid management and he enjoys his active involvement in (bedside) teaching and education of medical trainees and students. He is author and co-author of more than 250 peer-reviewed articles, reviews, editorials, book chapters and even two complete books on ACS.