Olivier Vanakker, MD, PhD
Center for Medical Genetics
Ghent University Hospital, Belgium
Olivier Vanakker MD, PhD, is a paediatrician and clinical geneticist affiliated with the Connective Tissue Disorders team and the Dysmorphology team of the Center for Medical Genetics of the Ghent University Hospital, Belgium. He graduated Medical School in 2003 with great distinction. In 2009, he received the degree of Doctor in Medical Sciences for his thesis “Novel Clinical and Etiopathogenetic Findings in Pseudoxanthoma Elasticum.” Main topics involved optimization of molecular analysis in PXE and determination of genotype-phenotype correlations, identification of the PXE-like syndrome and study of the involvement of vitamin K and vitamin K-related mineralization inhibitors in the pathophysiology of ectopic calcification. This PhD thesis was awarded the annual Pfizer award for outstanding thesis in Medical Sciences at the Ghent University.
In 2010, he completed his training in Paediatrics. He is presently working at the Center for Medical Genetics of the Ghent University Hospital, where he is actively involved in the clinical follow-up of PXE families and various research projects focusing on the clinical, molecular and etiopathological characteristics of PXE and related disorders. In addition, he is specialized in paediatric genetics and dysmorphology.
Read an interview with Olivier from August 2011.
Areas of Interest
Tan MH, Vanakker OM, Tran HV, Robson AG, Lai-Cheong JE, Groves R, Holder GE, Moore AT. Angioid streaks with severe macular dysfunction and generalised retinal involvement due to a homozygous duplication in the ABCC6 gene. Eye (Lond). 2012 May;26(5):753-5.
Vanakker OM, Leroy BP, Schurgers LJ, Vermeer C, Coucke PJ, De Paepe A. Source Atypical presentation of pseudoxanthoma elasticum with abdominal cutis laxa: evidence for a spectrum of ectopic calcification disorders? Am J Med Genet A. 2011 Nov;155A(11):2855-9.
Brampton C, Yamaguchi Y, Vanakker O, Van Laer L, Chen Lh, Thakore M, De Paepe A, Pomozi V, Szabó Pt, Martin L, Váradi A, Le Saux O. Vitamin K Does Not Prevent Soft Tissue Mineralization In A Mouse Model Of Pseudoxanthoma Elasticum. Cell Cycle. 2011 Jun 1;10(11):1810-20. Free article in PubMed.
Lefthériotis G, Vanakker O, Le Saux O, Martin L. Reply to the Article of C. Markello et al. entitled Vascular Pathology of Medial Arterial Calcifications in Nt5e Deficiency: Implications for the Role of Adenosine in Pseudoxanthoma Elasticum. Mol Genet Metab. 2011 Jun;103(2):199-200.
L. Bercovitch, L. Martin, N. Chassaing, T.W. Heffron, D. Bessis, O. Vanakker, S.F. Terry. Acquired pseudoxanthoma elasticum presenting after liver transplantation. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2011 May;64(5):873-8. Free article in PubMed.
Vanakker OM, Hemelsoet D, De Paepe A. Hereditary Connective Tissue Diseases in Young Adult Stroke: A Comprehensive Synthesis. Stroke Res Treat. 2011 Jan:712903. Free article in PubMed.
O.M. Vanakker, L. Martin, L.J. Schurgers, D. Quaglino, C. Vermeer, I. Pasquali-Ronchetti, P.J. Coucke, A. De Paepe. Low serum vitamin K in PXE results in defective carboxylation of mineralization inhibitors similar to GGCX mutations in the PXE-like syndrome. Lab Invest. 2010 Jun;90:895-905.
L.M. Costrop, O.M. Vanakker, L. Van Laer, O. Le Saux, L. Martin, N. Chassaing, D. Guerra, I. Pasquali-Ronchetti, P.J. Coucke, A. De Paepe. Novel deletions causing pseudoxanthoma elasticum underscore the genomic instability of the ABCC6 region. J Hum Genet. 2010;55:112-7.
De Zaeytijd J, Vanakker OM, Coucke PJ, De Paepe A, De Laey JJ, Leroy BP. Added Value of Infrared, Red-free and Autofluorescence Fundus Imaging in Pseudoxanthoma Elasticum. Br J Ophthalmol. 2010 Apr;94:479-86.
Vanakker OM, Leroy BP, Coucke P, Bercovitch LG, Uitto J, Viljoen D, Terry SF, Van Acker P, Matthys D, Loeys B, De Paepe A. Novel clinico-molecular insights in pseudoxanthoma elasticum provide an efficient molecular screening method and a comprehensive diagnostic flowchart. Hum Mutat. 2008 Jan;29(1):205. Free article at Journal Website
Pfendner EG, Vanakker OM, Terry SF, Vourthis S, McAndrew PE, McClain MR, Fratta S, Marais AS, Hariri S, Coucke PJ, Ramsay M, Viljoen D, Terry PF, De Paepe A, Uitto J, Bercovitch LG. Mutation Detection in the ABCC6 gene and genotype-phenotype analysis in a large international case series affected by pseudoxanthoma elasticum. J Med Genet. 2007 Oct;44(10):621-8. Free article in PubMed, Patient Summary
Audo I, Vanakker OM, Smith A, Leroy BP, Robson AG, Jenkins SA, Coucke PJ, Bird AC, De Paepe A, Holder GE, Webster AR. Pseudoxanthoma elasticum with generalized retinal dysfunction, a common finding? Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2007 Sep;48(9):4250-6. Free article at Journal Website
Vanakker OM, Martin L, Gheduzzi D, Leroy BP, Loeys BL, Guerci VI, Matthys D, Terry SF, Coucke PJ, Pasquali-Ronchetti I, De Paepe A. Pseudoxanthoma elasticum-like phenotype with cutis laxa and multiple coagulation factor deficiency represents a separate genetic entity. J Invest Dermatol. 2007 Mar;127(3):581-7. Free article at Journal Website
Vanakker OM, Voet D, Petrovic M, van Robaeys F, Leroy BP, Coucke P, de Paepe A. Visceral and testicular calcifications as part of the phenotype in pseudoxanthoma elasticum: ultrasound findings in Belgian patients and healthy carriers. Br J Radiol. 2006 Mar;79(939):221-5. Free article at Journal Website