Medical, Biomedical and Health Sciences
Peter Carmeliet, Professor of Medicine at KU Leuven University (Belgium), is internationally renowned for his research on the growth and functioning of blood vessels. He showed which signalling molecules play a role in the formation of new blood vessels. He has also investigated vascular growth in tumours. Carmeliet’s research led to a drug that prevents oxygen and nutrients from reaching medulloblastoma, the most common malignant brain tumour in children. Another of his studies could lead to a more effective treatment for ALS.
In 2018, Carmeliet won the Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Medicine for his research into the effects of growth factors on endothelial and nerve cells and for his efforts to develop treatments for vascular and neurological disorders based on his research findings.
Angiogenesis; Vascular metabolism