Frances Handoko-de Man is Assistant Professor at VU University Medical Centre. She studies pulmonary hypertension, a chronic lung disease with a poor prognosis. Although the origin of the disease is located in the lungs, the majority of patients die of right heart failure. Handoko – de Man studies the genetic variations that might determine how well the right heart adapts to the disease.
The Pulmonary Hypertension Research Award was awarded to Frances Handoko-de Man at the annual European Respiratory Society Congres, attended by more than 23.000 doctors and researchers of pulmonary medicine.