Strategic Program Cancer

Strategic Program Cancer

Research center

The Strategic Program Cancer is a world leading platform at UMC Utrecht for cancer research and innovation. We focus on improving the outcome of cancer patients, and those at risk of cancer.

Our vision on cancer research

Our research is cross-disciplinary and includes fundamental, translational, clinical and real world data science. In this manner, we develop and deliver breakthrough innovations in personalized cancer treatment, early diagnosis, prevention and supportive care.

 Through innovation and talent management, we stimulate the structural collaboration between researchers and clinicians, with patients and with regional partners.

Our ambitions uitklapper, klik om te openen

  • Design precise and personalized interventions based on molecular profiling, immune profiling and imaging
  • Enable early diagnosis, in order to prevent or mitigate the disease
  • Utilize real life data, advanced disease models and imaging to predict the clinical outcome of interventions
  • Translate unique fundamental knowledge into clinical applications with societal impact that sustainable, affordable and accessible
  • Develop interventions that ensure high quality of life during survivorship and palliative care
  • Encourage multidisciplinary collaborations and foster talent

Research themes uitklapper, klik om te openen

The Strategic Program Cancer encompasses 3 research themes:

These research themes connect research and care through the multidisciplinary interaction between fundamental, translational and clinical scientists. This enhances our strong position in molecular, cellular and imaging science and aligns with our unique population, patient cohorts including biobank data and expertise in building and utilizing these data for individualized risk stratification and intervention.

Research groups uitklapper, klik om te openen

Our research groups are sorted by theme (see above). Browse our research themes and take a look at our research groups.

Patient care uitklapper, klik om te openen

In the UMC Utrecht, 13 multidisciplinary tumor working groups have been installed to optimalize patient care paths. Our clinical and translational scientists secure the delivery our research innovations to cancer patients. Not only in the UMC Utrecht, but also in surrounding hospitals whom have united in the regional oncology network Oncomid.

"From our innovative cancer research, we aim to deliver excellent patient care. For this we have created structual cross-links between our research teams and the patients care paths."

- Prof. Elsken van der Wall, chair of the Strategic Program Cancer

Feedback from patients

Our daily board regularly discusses the research strategy with the patient sounding board and various patient advocacy groups. We are very thankful for their involvement and expertise to further sharpen our mission.

Education uitklapper, klik om te openen

We are involved in 4 PhD programs at the Graduate School of Life Sciences:

Career opportunities uitklapper, klik om te openen

Interested in joining our world leading cancer research? Have a look at our career opportunities:

Career development uitklapper, klik om te openen

Our OncoCareerBoard provides a community and support network for early and mid-career scientists at PhD, post doc and assistant professor levels.

Upcoming PhD defenses uitklapper, klik om te openen

  • January 25 > Mary-Ann Sharouni: Prediction in cutaneous melanomas - a multicontinental approach
  • January 27 > Steven Nagtegaal: Brain morphology, survival and patient-reported outcomes after cranial radiotherapy
  • February 8 > Fons Slieker: Oral squamous cell carcinoma of the maxilla - on the way to patient-specific care
  • February 9 > I. Johanna-Gomes: From mouse to human: metabolic targeting of cancer with TEG-based immunotherapy

Outreach uitklapper, klik om te openen

We organize and take part in various activities to connect with society. 

Upcoming activities:

Annual overviews uitklapper, klik om te openen

Our annual overviews illustrate the progress made in cancer research at UMC Utrecht.

Take a look at our annual overviews:

Daily board and team uitklapper, klik om te openen

The people behind the Strategic Program Cancer

Prof. dr. Elsken van der Wall
Professor of Medical Oncology
Chair of the Strategic Program Cancer

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Prof. dr. Gerlof Valk
Professor of Endocrinology
Vice-chair of the Strategic Program Cancer

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Prof. dr. Susanne Lens
Professor of Genomic Instability
Daily board member

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Prof. dr. Jürgen Kuball
Professor of Hematology
Chair of the Hematology Department
Daily board member

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Dr. Sjoerd Elias
Associate Professor of Clinical Epidemiology
Daily board member

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Prof. dr. ir. Nico van den Berg
Professor of Computational Imaging
Daily board member

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Dr. Jeroen Hagendoorn
Associate professor of Surgery
Daily board member

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Dr. Erna Erdtsieck-Ernste
Program manager of the Strategic Program Cancer

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Tessa Lange MSc.
Science communication advisor for the Strategic Program Cancer

LinkedIn profile page

Dr. Claudia Nicolaije
Grant advisor and grant writer

Research support office

Dr. Geraldine Vink
Utrecht Trial Innovation Alliance initiative

U-Trial website

Eveline Woud MSc.
Office manager for the Strategic Program Cancer

Contact us uitklapper, klik om te openen

Mail us at:

Visiting address:
UMC Utrecht, Stratenum 3.115
Heidelberglaan 100
3584 CX Utrecht

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