University Associate Professor and group leader in the Department of Molecular Genetics Dr. Nitika Taneja has joined the group of scientists who will launch at Oncode Institute on Jan. 1.
With a relatively simple test, urologists may be able to accurately determine in the future which patients will benefit from BCG bladder instillations. This is important because in 40 percent of patients, treatment is not successful, while treatment duration is lengthy and can cause unpleasant side effects.
Joining the forces and expertise of clinicians, laboratory specialists and scientists is essential in providing the best care for people with hereditary and familial tumors. Erasmus MC’s ‘Academic Center for Familial and Hereditary tumors’ brings these groups together.
American bladder cancer scientists have been awarded the prestigious R01 grant, together with urologist Dr. Tahlita Zuiverloon of the Erasmus MC Cancer Institute. The team will receive $3 million for research into the biology of chemotherapy resistance in bladder cancer.
A blood test can help to predict whether immunotherapy will be effective in patients with metastatic bladder cancer. This is evident from research by internist-oncologist Debbie Robbrecht from the Erasmus MC Cancer Institute.
Metastases in cancer are often caused by a few abnormal cells. These behave more aggressively than the other cancer cells in a tumour. Miao-Ping Chien and Daan Brinks are working together, from two different universities, on a method to detect these cells.
Erasmus MC will receive over 7 million euros in research funds from the Horizon Europe initiative. The money will go to six projects, two of which are coordinated by Erasmus MC scientists. The topics range from psychiatry to oncology.