Princess Lilian Foundation Visiting Professorship 2015-2016 awarded to Prof. Dianna Milewicz
The Center for Medical Genetics (UGent) proudly announces that the Princess Lilian visiting professorship 2015-2016 has been awarded to Prof. Dianna Milewicz from the University of Texas (Houston, USA).
The Princess Lilian Foundation bestows this renowned visiting professorship every two years and as such aims to foster interactions between Belgian researchers and international established experts.
Professor Milewicz is a world expert in heritable diseases of the
aorta. Her translational research program is focused on the genetic
basis of thoracic aortic aneurysms and dissections, intracranial
aneurysms and early onset ischemic strokes. Her research, along with
others, has identified nine genes for familial thoracic aortic disease
and these genes have provided insight into the underlying molecular
pathogenesis of the disease. In addition, her group has recently
identified a gene for inherited thoracic aortic disease associated with
bicuspid aortic valve (BAV). As novel genes for inherited thoracic
aortic disease are identified, they have defined clinical features
associated with each gene to instruct the clinical management of these
patients. In addition, mouse models of genes identified in human
vascular diseases, including ACTA2 and MYH11, have been engineered to
investigate the connection between mutated genes and the molecular
pathways leading to vascular diseases, including aortic dissections and
In addition to the translational research program, Prof. Milewicz directs the MD/PhD Program, which is a joint training program between the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and MD Anderson Cancer Center. She actively mentors trainees in her laboratory (graduate students, postdoctoral fellows) and junior faculty who are initiating their own independent research program.
Program in brief
Monday March 7, 2016, 6pm
Inaugural lecture by Prof. Milewicz: “The Genetic Basis of Vascular Diseases: Insights from the Patients”
Aula, Ghent University, Ghent
By invitation only
Tuesday March 8, 2016, 8:30am-1pm
International Mini Symposium on Recent Progress in Cardiovascular Research with keynote lecture by Prof. Milewicz
New Zebra, Ghent
Registration limited to 100 participants: https://congres.ugent.be/professorship2016/
Case reports and abstracts welcomed (poster only): email@example.com
Wednesday March 9, 2016, 8:30am–4:30pm
Discussion between prof. Milewicz and PhD students and postdoctoral
UGent researchers on recent progress in cardiovascular research.
Ghent University Hospital, Ghent.
Thursday March 10, 2016
Belgian Interuniversity Research Meeting on Aortic Disease– organized in collaboration with Prof. Antoine Bondue
Musée de la Médecine, Campus Erasme, Brussels
Registration required: firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday March 11, 2016
Annual Symposium of the Belgian Working Group on Adult Congenital Heart Disease – Focus on Aortic Disease
Brugmann Hospital, Brussels
Post date: 21 October 2015
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