Professor Laurence Boon

Plastic Surgeon, Vascular Anomalies Specialist
Belgium

Dr LM Boon became a Plastic Surgeon in 1996 and obtained her PhD in 2003. She spent two years at the Children’s Hospital, Boston, Harvard Medical School, under the supervision of Prof. John B. Mulliken, to specialize in vascular anomalies. She is the Coordinator of the Multidisciplinary Vascular Anomaly Centre (VAC), Saint-Luc university Hospital, which just celebrated its 25th anniversary. She is the current President of the International Society for the Study of Vascular Anomalies.
Through seminal discoveries, her team actively 1) moved the discipline of confusing diagnoses, to a field with stratified diseases, 2) generated the first venous malformation animal model, and 3) demonstrated preclinically and clinically efficacy of the first molecular therapy for slow-flow vascular anomalies. She has several high impact publications, reviews, and chapters on vascular anomalies in major medical reference books, especially in dermatology and genetics. She has been an invited speaker at numerous major scientific meetings. In 2012, she shared with Prof. M. Vikkula the INBEV-Baillet Latour Clinical Prize. She is chairing an application for an European Reference Networking on Vascular Anomalies (VASCern). She is currently involved in several research projects aimed at elucidating the pathophysiology of these anomalies as well as in phase I and II clinical trials of new medications.

Where do you see the industry in the next 10 years?
Increasing collaboration with vascular anomalies team to develop new specific molecules targetting the etiopathogenesis of various vascular anomalies

Why are you excited about participating in UIP2018?
Great meeting. Good interaction with collaborators.