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International Society for the
Study of Vascular Anomalies

Prof Miikka Vikkula MD PhD

Clinical Geneticist
Professor of Human Genetics
Co-Director, de Duve Institute
Member of the Royal Belgian Academy of Medecine
Human Molecular Genetics, de Duve Institute, University of Louvain (UCLouvain)
Brussels, Belgium

I have been interested in characterizing causes of vascular malformations for over two decades, and with our studies we have been able to demonstrate a genetic basis for both inherited and sporadic vascular malformations, knowledge that we -and others- now use to generate pre-clinical mouse models for vascular malformations. This helps develop targeted molecular therapies.

As a member of ISSVA since 1995, and now as a Board Member at Large, I enjoy promoting international collaborations in various activities including management guidelines and promotion of awareness to research and clinical trials. I also hope to serve as a link between ISSVA and the European VASCA working group, promoting coherent and efficient cooperation.