Research Fellowship in Imaging of Cancer
The Netherlands Cancer Institute in Amsterdam is a Comprehensive Cancer Center with a focus on innovation in research and treatment of cancer patients. The department of radiology provides highly subspecialised diagnostic and interventional oncology service in almost all tumours types. The clinical and translational research at the department is multidisciplinary in collaboration with surgery, radiotherapy and other clinical specialties. It focuses on imaging for the assessment of response to cancer treatment with validation in particular of functional MR parameters. The research in rectal cancer MRI is an internationally recognised track and many related projects are taking place. The MR rectal research extends to other cancer types including breasts, lung, colon, liver, melanoma, brain and head and neck tumours. Another important focus of research is Radiomics and image segmentation. The imaging research at the Department of Radiology is performed and supervised by an international team of PhD fellows, post doc scientists, radiologists, surgeons and radiotherapists. The combination of an inspiring research infrastructure and atmosphere together with a high volume cancer care facilitates many relevant and innovative clinical imaging projects in our Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Number of available places During 2017/2018 one place will be available for a recently board-certified radiologist, who is a full member or a corresponding member of ESR.
- This exchange programme applies to radiologists within the first three years after certification.
- The candidate should be interested and should preferably have experience in conducting research.
- He/She should have an interest and basic skills in medical database handling.
- The candidate should be fluent in English and have communicative skills.
- He/She should have experience in scientific English writing.
- The successful candidate will have to make himself/herself available for an interview via Skype.
- ESR membership fee for 2017 must be settled.
Please note that you can only apply for one ESOR fellowship programme and one of the available topics at once.
Duration and funding The starting date of the fellowship will be decided in agreement between the TC and the fellow and will last for 12 months. The fellow will receive a grant (€23.000,-) from the training centre, which will be paid out via ESOR on a monthly basis.
Programme structureThe research will be focused on answering a clinical question. It is embedded in the multidisciplinary research team and performed in collaboration with the research teams within and outside the department. One of the main foci of Netherlands Cancer Institute is immunotherapy. Image guided biopsies and RECIST measurements currently are the standard method in our center to evaluate response to immunotherapy. These methods are far from ideal, either invasive or subject to high interobserver variation. Robust methods to evaluate and predict response in a non invasive way are non existent so far. The proposed research is unique in that it will investigate Radiomics for the prediction and assessment of response to immunotherapy. The fellow researcher should be able to collect data, segment the images, perform analysis and interpret the results. The research will be supervised and performed together with PhDs and postdocs, including engineers and physicists. Because the research is of translational and clinical character the candidate will have many opportunities during his/her stay to observe the clinical cancer practice in this institute and attend multidisciplinary meetings.
A detailed individual programme is determined at the beginning of the fellowship in consultation with the fellow.
Certification After successful completion of the one-year training the trainee receives a certificate from ESR/ESOR and Netherlands Cancer Institute. In order to receive this, the fellow must present a written report about his/her work and activities during the programme.