Princess Máxima Center involved in setting up a new cancer institute
Hans Clevers, scientific director of the Princess Máxima Center, is one of the founders of the Oncode Institute. This is a virtual research institute where 560 academic researchers work together. Queen Máxima opens the new institute in Amsterdam today.
The Oncode Institute was created because five prominent Dutch cancer researchers have teamed up.
The independent Oncode Institute focuses on three pillars: getting excellent research, intensive collaboration and treatment methods faster in the clinic. With collaboration as a starting point, they join the forces of 43 excellent research leaders in the field of cancer in the Netherlands, coming from the nine partner institutes of the Oncode Institute, including the Princess Maxima Center. These research leaders bring their own research teams back together, resulting in a total of 560 academic researchers working together one overarching strategy to crack the cancer code.
Within the walls of the Princess Máxima Center, the teams of Professors Hans Clevers, Jan Hoeijmakers and Monique den Boer have been selected for participation in the Oncode Institute. These teams are conducting research into stem cells that derail in cancer (Hans Clevers), accelerated aging as a result of chemotherapy (Jan Hoeijmakers) and the interaction between leukemia and the bone marrow microenvironment (Monique den Boer) with the aim of improved diagnostics and more targeted treatments. In the Oncode Institute, there will be strong collaboration with other researchers in the field of genetics and biology of cancer as well as drug development.
In the coming five years, KWF Kankerbestrijding, together with the Ministries of Economic Affairs and Climate (EZK), Education Culture and Science (OCW) and Public Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS), Health ~ Holland, NWO and ZonMw, will invest a total of € 120 million in the Oncode Institute.
Hans Clevers and Robbert Dijkgraaf are guests at ‘De Wereld Draait Door’ on February 5 to talk about the Oncode Institute.
More info: www.oncode.nl