The Manton Center for Orphan Disease Research
Elisa Boscolo, PhD
Venous Malformation (VM): murine model to identify therapies to target aberrant venous development
Venous malformation (VM) is the most frequent malformation referred to specialized vascular anomaly centers. VMs appear in children and are often problematic and disfiguring. VM lesions are composed by widened, abnormally shaped veins. No targeted therapies are available, and treatments for VM are very limited, including only sclerotherapy and reconstructive surgery. After treatment, lesions often recur.
This project proposes the establishment of a murine VM model that will help us determine the mechanisms of abnormal venous channel formation. Our end-goal is to test and discover novel efficient treatments to normalize the pathological VM vasculature and avoid a rebound of the disease.