Prof Vikkula obtained his M.D. at the University of Helsinki in 1992 and his Ph.D. in molecular genetics, in 1993. He was a Research Associate at Harvard Medical School 1993-1997, during which time he became interested in vascular and lymphatic anomalies. With his wife, Prof Laurence Boon, Plastic Surgeon, Co-ordinator of the Vascular Anomaly Center, Brussels, he discovered the gene for familial venous malformation (1996), and since then many others. They settled in Brussels in 1997, where Dr Vikkula developed his own laboratory. He obtained a “docentship PhD” in 2000, and was nominated Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Medicine (UCL). He is a member of the Directorate of the de Duve Institute since 2004, and a full professor of Human Genetics since 2013. He has received numerous honours and awards; most recently, the Inbev-Baillet Latour Clinical Prize. He served as president of the Belgian Society of Human Genetics (2004-2008), and as a member of the Scientific Program Committee of the European Society of Human Genetics (2008-2012). He is a Member of the Royal Belgian Academy of Medecine since 2012. Prof Vikkula is well known internationally as a major contributor to the understanding of molecular basis of vascular anomalies and lymphedema with >150 peer-reviewed publications and numerous chapters in major bio-medical text books.
Where do you see the industry in the next 10 years?:
Hopefully more involved in developing molecular therapies for vascular anomalies.
Why are you excited about participating in UIP2018:
The share our experience in the filed with many others involved in the care of these pathologies,thereby learning also from the experiences of the others.