Peter Carmeliet, VIB & Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
Peter Carmeliet is Director of the VIB - Vesalius Research Center, at the University of Leuven in Belgium. He graduated as Doctor in Medicine in 1984, completed his PhD in Medicine in 1989, and performed a Postdoctoral training at the Whitehead Institute, MIT, USA. After his return to Leuven in 1992, Carmeliet started his own research group with a focus on understanding the molecular basis of angiogenesis in health and disease. His findings have led to the (pre)clinical development of novel therapeutic strategies for angiogenic diseases, including cancer, eye disease and motor neuron degeneration, which are currently being evaluated in clinical trials. Dr Carmeliet is currently exploring a new strategy to block tumor angiogenesis by targeting endothelial metabolism .
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