Strategic Program Cancer

Strategic Program Cancer


The Strategic Program Cancer aims to be a world-leading cross-disciplinary Cancer platform for research and innovation that focusses on improving the outcome of those at risk or affected with cancer. 

Our vision is to cover fundamental, translational, clinical and real world data science that develops and delivers breakthrough innovations in prevention, early diagnosis, individualized treatment and supportive care.

Our ambitions are:

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

Research themes uitklapper, klik om te openen

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

Annual overviews uitklapper, klik om te openen

Our yearly overviews of 2019 and 2020 were made to illustrate some of the many progresses achieved in the field of cancer research in the UMC Utrecht. Every step ahead is achieved thanks to our inspiring researchers together with their (national and international) research partners, PhD students and stakeholders. Moreover, we are very thankful for the involvement and expertise of our patient sounding board in establishing our research mission.

We are very much looking forward to further stimulating, excellent cancer research in the coming years, connecting and facilitating this creating an environment in which we work together and share our science with the world.

Reaching out uitklapper, klik om te openen

Yearly, we organize various activities to connect with society, such as Open Lectures for the lay public, four guided lab tour for volunteers of the Dutch Cancer Foundation and a yearly visit of our professors to elementary  schools. Besides, on a regular base, the research strategy is discussed with the Patient Sounding Board of our Program as well as with various Patient Advocacy Groups. 

You are kindly invited to participate in our public meetings. Please mail our office for more information.

Note: due to COVID-19 most of our live societal outreach have been postponed

Slimme gasten

Meet the Professor

Interview for the Utrecht Student Journal

  • Read here >

Patient care uitklapper, klik om te openen

Structural cross-links between the scientific themes and the care-path of our patients are in that regard crucial. Thirteen multi-disciplinary tumor working groups have been installed, covering all major tumor-types. Associated professionals include clinical- and translational scientists, securing the delivery of the most innovative care to our patients within the UMC Utrecht as well as in our regional partner hospitals of Oncomid.

Education & Career uitklapper, klik om te openen

Lifelong Learning

To foster our talents we offer education and career development activities at various levels of career track.

The 4 main cancer-oriented PhD programs of the Graduate School of Life Sciences:

OncoCareer Board

Enthusiastic early-career scientists from different departments within the Strategic Program Cancer of the UMC Utrecht provide a supportive network for other early-career scientists (assistant professors, post docs, MD-PhDs).

Read more


Calendar of events uitklapper, klik om te openen

PhD defenses 2021

  • August 31st 14:15 M.M. Nieboer "Learning to better understand: Novel bioinformatics algorithms for cancer research"

See here a full list of PhD defenses of 2021

The calendar of the PhD defenses is available on the UU site

Associate Professor lectures 2021

    • June 1st

17:00 | Dr. Jeroen Hagendoorn "Levertumoren – behandelen met méér effect en minder impact" Watch the lecture here

    • June 16th

16:30 | Dr. Alex Poot: "Theranostics ontwikkeling voor de diagnose en behandeling van (kinder)kanker" Watch the lecture here

17:30 | Dr. Jochem van der Voort van Zyp: “MRI-gestuurde bestraling van het prostaatcarcinoom” Watch the lecture here

    • June 30th

16:00 | Dr. Martijn Intven "MRI-geleide radiotherapie bij maag-darm-lever tumoren: van neoadjuvant naar ablatief" Watch the lecture here

17:00 | Dr. Bart de Keizer "Nieuwe scantechnieken voor beeldgestuurde interventies" Watch the lecture here

Inaugural lectures

Think Utrecht congress uitklapper, klik om te openen

On the 16th of December, we will organize a congress about innovation and implementation of innovation in oncological clinical practice.

Join the Think Utrecht Congress

We have prepared a few short videos in which our speakers share their opinion about oncological innovative care ('oncopinie', only in Dutch). See below:

Organization uitklapper, klik om te openen

The people behind this program

< Prof. dr. E. van der Wall, Professor of Oncology

Chair of the Strategic Program Cancer

Prof. dr. Jürgen Kuball, Professor of Hematology, Chair Department of Hematology >

Strategic Program theme: Molecular and cellular science & therapy

< Prof. dr. Susanne Lens, Professor of Genomic Instability

Strategic Program Cancer theme: Molecular and cellular science & therapy

Dr. Sjoerd Elias, Associate Professor of Clinical Epidemiology >

Strategic Program Cancer theme: Risk stratification for individualized interventions

 < Prof. dr. Gerlof Valk, Professor of Endocrinology

Vice-chair of the Strategic Program Cancer

Strategic Program Cancer theme: Risk stratification for individualized interventions

Prof. dr. ir. Nico van den Berg, Professor of Computational Imaging >

Strategic Program Cancer theme: Image science & Image guided therapy

< Dr. Jeroen Hagendoorn, Associate Professor of Surgery, HPB surgeon

Strategic Program Cancer theme: Image science & Image guided therapy

Dr. Claudia Nicolaije >

EU Grant Advisor and Grant Writer

< Dr. Geraldine Vink


Dr. Erna Erdtsieck-Ernste >

Program manager of the Strategic Program Cancer

< Eveline Woud

Back office manager of the Strategic Program Cancer

Previous members of the board: Prof. dr. Boudewijn Burgering (2018-2019), Prof. dr. Onno Kranenburg (2018-2020), Prof. dr. Carla van Gils (2018-2021).

Contact uitklapper, klik om te openen

UMC Utrecht, Stratenum 3.115
Heidelberglaan 100
3584 CX Utrecht

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