Christiane De Boeck M.D.
Kris De Boeck is a paediatric pulmonologist and is head of the Pediatric Pulmonary and Infectious Diseases program at the University Hospital in Leuven, Belgium. She leads the CF reference center for cystic fibrosis at the University Hospital Gasthuisberg in Leuven, providing care for about 320 children and adults with CF. Kris De Boeck received her degree in medicine from the Catholic University of Leuven and earned her PhD with studies on pulmonary surfactant. She has been a full professor at the Catholic University of Leuven since 1999. She is a clinical researcher; her main interest lies in the field of cystic fibrosis and primary ciliary dyskinesia, She has initiated several studies in Belgium and throughout Europe. Kris De Boeck is a member of the cystic fibrosis diagnostic working group that generated the European consensus on the terminology and diagnostic algorithms in cystic fibrosis. She participates in several European Union framework programs. On request of ECFS she realized the start-up of the European Cystic Fibrosis Society Clinical Trials Network (ECFS-CTN) and was its first director of the European Cystic Fibrosis Society Clinical Trials Network (ECFS-CTN). At present she is the president of the European Cystic Fibrosis Society. In the past decade and with her Leuven CF team, her research interests continue to be around diagnostic issues in CF, outcome parameters (sweat test, nasal potential difference measurements, lung clearance index) for use in clinical trials and exploring personalized medicine with the use of organoids as a biomarker.