Cancer ( was established on January 1, 2013 as a ‘Center of Excellence’ funded by a ten year, 30.7 M€ grant from the Netherlands Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (NWO Gravitation Program). is a consortium of research groups from the University Medical Centre Utrecht, the Hubrecht Institute in Utrecht, Utrecht University, the Netherlands Cancer Institute in Amsterdam, the Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam, the Academic Medical Center Amsterdam, Leiden University Medical Centre and Radboud University Medical Center Nijmegen.

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08 Sep 2015

Prestigious American Chemical Society award for Albert Heck

Professor Albert Heck, member of has been honoured by the the American Chemical Society with the ‘ACS Frank H. Field and Joe L. Franklin Award for Outstanding Achievements in Mass Spectrometry’. Heck receives the award for his development of new methods and techniques to identify and study the structure and function of proteins and protein complexes. Please visit the Heck website for more information 

31 Aug 2015

Visit by the minister of Education, Culture and Science, Mrs Bussemaker

Preceding the opening of the academic year of the Utrecht University, the minister visited 4 gravity projects, among them Scientific director of the consortium, René Bernards briefly introduced the consortium but the program was merely focused on discussions between young scientist and the minister. researchers introduced the organoid technology and its possibilities for application and patient benefit. Moreover the minister was invited for an introduction into genomics research: isolating DNA. More information is available on

15 Jun 2015

Een gesprek met Hans Clevers

15 juni - 20h, KennisCafé in de Balie, Amsterdam. (meeting will be in Dutch) 'Moderator Martijn van Calmthout spreekt met Hans Clevers over het belang van fundamenteel onderzoek, zijn onderzoek, de wereld achter de wetenschap en plannen voor de toekomst.Moderator Martijn van Calmthout spreekt met Hans Clevers over het belang van fundamenteel onderzoek, zijn onderzoek, de wereld achter de wetenschap en plannen voor de toekomst.'   Voor meer informatie kijk op de site van De Balie



08 Jan 2016 Annual Scientific Meeting researchers will present their data during the annual meeting, location: In de Driehoek (Utrecht). The program and registration will be available shortly

19 & 20 Nov 2015 meeting 'Molecular and Cellular aspects of Cancer'

The 2015 edition of the annual meeting of will be held on 19 and 20 November 2015. 

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13 - 16 Jul 2015

Summerschool junior, Utrecht University

Workshop on DNA for primary school students, age 9-12, by Ragna Senf (UMC Utrecht, coordinator Mobile DNA lab "Read the Language of a Tumor"). Isolation of their own DNA and building of a DNA strand with candy-nucleic acids were the major highlights. RTV Utrecht joined us and made this news item. More information on the summer school is available here (only in Dutch).


Publications flyer 2013 'Identifying new approaches for cancer treatment'

Extensive genetic and molecular research into the origins of cancer has made it clear that cancer results from multiple genetic defects and that these defects show great variation between patients.
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CBG report 1998-2009 'Exploring Genes: a decade of biomedical research'

The CBG provides each of the participating groups with funds for innovations and rapid responses to new technological developments and, importantly, it generates expertise and provides facilities that are accessible for a broader group of researchers in the Netherlands.
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Congresboek KGMP 2009 'Genenpaspoort van kanker: betere kansen voor de patient'

Genenpaspoort van kanker: betere kansen voor de patie¨nt. De laatste ontwikkelingen in kankeronderzoek.
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