Inaugural lecture of the Princess Lilian Heart Foundation Chair

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Prof. David Lyden (Weill Cornell Medical College) inaugurated at ULiège the series of lectures and meetings in Belgium on The pre-metastatic nice concept.

The University of Liège was delighted to host, for the second time, the inaugural lecture of the chair organised by the Princess Lilian Heart Foundation, which this year welcomed Prof. David Lyden from Weill Cornell Medical College (WCM) in the United States.

Professor of Paediatrics and Director of the Cellular Oncology Programme at WCM, David Lyden is internationally renowned for his pioneering research into the pre-metastatic niche and the biology of the exosome in the metastatic process.

Prof. David Lyden's lecture, The pre-metastatic nice concept, was the prelude to a week of lectures and meetings with young researchers at Belgian, Flemish and French-speaking universities.

The session was attended by HRH Princess Esmeralda and her sister-in-law Princess Lea, as well as the Foundation's Board of Directors.

Rector Anne-Sophie Nyssen and a number of professors and researchers from the Faculty of Medicine and the GIGA attended Professor Lyden's lecture.

Professor Agnès Noël presented Professor David Lyden's scientific career.

The Princess Lilian Foundation

When her son, Prince Alexandre of Belgium, underwent heart surgery in the United States, Princess Lilian de Réthy discovered cardiology. Fascinated, she attended more than 200 operations and undertook to ensure that other patients benefited from the same care.

In 1958, she created the Princess Lilian Foundation. The Foundation's aim was to offer children with cardiovascular malformations the opportunity to benefit from pioneering procedures developed in the United States.

More than 3,000 patients benefited from this support before these cutting-edge procedures became available in Belgium, thanks to financial support from the Foundation.

Since then, the Foundation has shifted its focus to sponsoring visiting professors, enabling eminent foreign scientists to visit Belgian universities and interact with young researchers.


Pr Agnès Noël

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