Prof Elfride De Baere
Elfride De Baere, MD, PhD, is Full Professor at the Ghent University in Ghent, Belgium, Senior Clinical Investigator at the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) and Head of the DNA Laboratory at the Center for Medical Genetics (CMGG) at the Ghent University Hospital. Prof De Baere’s research is focused on elucidating the molecular pathogenesis of inherited eye disorders such as retinal dystrophies. Key achievements include the identification of novel disease genes for recessive and dominant retinal dystrophies, characterization of genetic defects including structural variations using NGS-based approaches and more recently, study of the role of the non-coding portion of the genome in retinal dystrophies. She is partner of several national and international consortia such as the European Retinal Disease Consortium (ERDC), EyeTN network (FP7-PEOPLE-2012-ITN), the Belgian Medical Genomics Initiative (BeMGI). She is coordinator of a Hercules type 2 consortium (High-throughput next-generation sequencer) and a concerted research action at Ghent University (Personalized functional genomics in Mendelian diseases). She is Associate Editor of Clinical Genetics and serves on the advisory boards of different (inter)national funding bodies and research councils. She is vice-president of the College of Genetics. In 2012 she was awarded the Inbev-Baillet Latour Prize for Clinical Research.