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issue 5 - October 2017
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next2 CCA Next 5 and Opening of the Liquid Biopsy Center
More than 100 VUmc and AMC staffmembers were in attendance at the fifth CCA Next meeting on 2 October. Prior to this event researchers attended an interesting symposium to mark the occasion of the opening of the Liquid Biopsy Center. The symposium was entitled 'Meet the experts in translational biomarker research’.Tom Würdinger, Ruud Brakenhoff, Michiel Pegtel and Maarten Bijlsma presented their liquid biopsy research. This was also the theme of the CCA Next meeting. The event started with the official opening of the Liquid Biopsy Center (see photo and film), a joint effort of AMC and VUmc. Keynote speaker Nitzan Rosenfeld from Cancer Research UK Cambridge shared his experience with biomarkers an liquid biopsies. CCA’s Junior Talent Tessa Le Large talked about ‘future perspectives on diagnostics from one tube of blood’. She also uses the biobank for pancreatic cancer research. Tessa believes in collaboration and the use of a combination of biomarkers. Anneke Koster from Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences was the final speaker at CCA Next. She spoke on the topic of crime scene diagnostics.
retraite Don't miss the CCA-retreat in February 2018
Following a successful first retreat it is with great pleasure that we would like to invite you to the Cancer Center Amsterdam's second retreat. The retreat will take place from Thursday 15 February (9.30) till Friday 16 February (13.00) 2018, at the Leeuwenhorst Conference Center in Noordwijkerhout.
You really don’t want to miss this second edition. It will feature a scientific programme with renowned national and international speakers, an award ceremony for the best publications and PhD dissertation and ample space for PhD and postdoc presentations and much, much more! A mystery guest will join the event on Thursday morning and of course there will be evening drinks and a spectacular party. So be sure to register on time. We look forward to seeing you on 15 and 16 February.
marathon Join the TCS Amsterdam Marathon

The TCS Amsterdam Marathon on 15 October supports the VUmc Cancer Center Amsterdam foundation. Many AMC and VUmc staffmembers and their families and friends will participate. Various distances will be run: 8, 21 or 42 km. Registration has closed, but the event is great fun to watch, with worldfamous runners like Tesfaya Abera, Amos Kipruto, Edwin Kiptoo and Zane Robertson.


VUmc zet machine learning in voor bloedtest longkanker, Tom Wúrdinger, in Computable, 16 augustus. Ook o.a. bij BNR ‘De Ochtendspits’, Myron Best, 15 augustus.

Verhitting tumoren lijkt goed alternatief, Martijn Meijerink en Petrousjka van den Tol, AD, 31 augustus

Kortere chemo bij darmkanker vaak even effectief, Kees Punt, Parool, 26 september

Extra controles darmkanker weinig zinvol, Telegraaf, 3 oktober

Dna-injectie lijkt erg effectief middel tegen huidkanker, Tanja de Gruijl, AD en NOS, 2 oktober

investeringen Grants and awards

12 researchers have received KWF-grants totalling more than 6 million euros for a broad range of research projects. Moreover, Kees Punt received 6.5 million euros from KWF for the Dutch Oncology Research Platform.

Sarah Derks received a VENI-grant from NWO.

The Dutch/British WINDOW-consortium received 1.75 million euros from the Brain Tumor Charity.

The BOOG-study (breastcancer) received a grant of 6 million euros for medicine research (palbociclib).

Ana Gasol received a Young Investigator Award from the European Radiation Research Society.

Jonas Castelijns received the 'Gold Medal life-time achievement award' from the European Organisation for Head and Neck Radiology. 

do not forget Practical information

-Physical post:could you please make sure that you give your full postal address (department, including room number) to your external contacts? Just mentioning CCA on the envelope is not enough.

-According to Article of the 15 Doctorate Regulations of VU Amsterdam 2015, the PhD candidate shall devote at least 30 credits (840 hours) to training.

qualitytime Coming up...

Is VUMC really any better than AMC? Current perspectives and controversies in hospital comparison. 19 October, AMC.

Matlabcourse, for PhD students, starting on 30 of October.

ERC Synergy Grant - deadline 14 November.

Enable symposium, the first European PhD and postdoc symposium , 15-17 November, Barcelona.

Seminar ‘Everything you always wanted to know about Research Data Management, but were afraid to ask’ , 16 November.

Course Using R for Data Analysis, 12-15 February 2018.

2nd annual CCA Retreat - 15-16 February 2018.

Check the complete calendar for the coming months.

award2 What else is new....

Awards for best CCA publications and the best CCA thesis
The award ceremony will take place during the 2nd CCA retreat on 15 and 16 February in Noordwijkerhout (registration will open soon).
Please find the conditions for both the publication and the thesis award here. Deadline: 1 December 2017.

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