Dirk-Jan Slebos, MD, PhD, appointed to Professor in Interventional Pulmonology at the RUG/UMCG, will give his inaugural lecture on October 22, 2019, 16.15h (Aula/RUG).
In the past decade his research guided new bronchoscopic interventional treatment approaches form bench to bedside for patients with severe COPD, who often did not have any alternative treatment options left. The development and clinical introduction of both the endobronchial one-way valve treatment, as well as the lung volume reduction coil treatment have changed the international end-stage emphysema treatment approach and guidelines. His group published their work in journals like LANCET, NEJM, JAMA and all major pulmonary specialty journals, and is one of the leading groups in the world in the field of interventional pulmonology. Patients travel from all over the country to participate in their clinical trials, or to receive guideline interventional treatments. Currently, next to new innovative developments for emphysema patients, non-pharmacological bronchoscopic treatment options for chronic bronchitis patients are being developed using bronchoscopic parasympathetic lung denervation and cryo-ablation. The spin-off of all this work results in translational research where precise pheno- and genotyping, matrixbiology, biomaterials, imaging and patient reported outcomes are a few of the topics investigated.