Lara Vesentini (°1976) completed in 2000 her study ‘Health Sciences’ at the Maastricht University in the Netherlands. She started her career as a manager in the Reinaert Kliniek in Maastricht (Aug 2000 – Jan 2002) and proceeded to work ever since in the academic field. First at the Hogeschool PXL doing research about traffic safety and sexuality of elderly (Feb 2002 – Dec 2009), afterwards at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven about elderly care (Jan 2010 – Dec 2011). In 2013, she started as assistant of professor Johan Bilsen, with her PhD project on ‘Intimacy and sexuality in the psychotherapeutic relationship’ at the Mental Health and Wellbeing Research Group of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). Besides her PhD, Lara has a teaching assignment at the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, mainly focused on epidemiology and conducting scientific research. Furthermore, she is active at administrative level. She is member of the steering committee for the Manama-education Occupational Medicine and the Manama-education Youth Health and Adolescent Medicine, the education council of Medicine, the Faculty Council of Medicine and Pharmacy, and member and secretary of the department of Public Health.