Director Special Projects: Françoise Meunier

Françoise Meunier received her medical degree from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) (magna cum laude) and completed a research fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (New York, 1977-1978, Fulbright award). She holds a Master’s Degree in Medical Oncology (1976) and Internal Medicine (1979), and a PhD (1985) at the ULB. She is certified as Pharmaceutical Medicine specialist (Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine, GB) as well as in Belgium and she is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (GB).

Françoise Meunier served as EORTC Director General from 1991 through 2015 and oversaw the growth of the EORTC into an international world class cancer clinical research infrastructure. She has been been especially successful in developing the future generations of clinical oncologists, and the EORTC Fellowship Program is a testimony to this. Upon stepping down as Director General in 2015, Françoise remains active as EORTC Director Special Projects where she is a driving force behind activities such as EORTC cancer survivorship initiatives. She also lends her valuable experience to fundraising projects and sits on the board of the EORTC Cancer Research Fund.

Prior to joining the EORTC in 1991, Françoise Meunier was Head of Infectious Diseases Department at Institute Jules Bordet in Brussels, Belgium and her personal area of research included the management of infections in patients with Cancer and mainly Invasive Fungal Infections. She has over 150 peer-reviewed published articles.

Françoise Meunier was awarded the Belgian Laureate “Prix Femmes d’Europe 2004-2005”.

She is a member of the Belgian Royal Academy of Medicine since 2006. In 2007, she was conferred the title of Baroness by His Majesty, The King Albert II of Belgium.

She received in 2009, the Pezcoller Foundation award as a recognition for her contribution to oncology.

Since 2011, she is a Fellow of the European Academy of Cancer Sciences.

In 2012, she became a member of the IMI (Innovative Medicine Initiative) Scientific Committee of the European Union.

In 2013, she received the ECCO Life time achievement award. She was awarded a Ben de Pauw Medal for her dedication to Medical Mycology, her contribution and support to the EORTC Infectious Diseases Group for years. She became Chairman of the Accreditation Council of Oncology in Europe (ACOE).

In 2014, she was appointed council member of the FEAM (Federation of European Academies of Medicine) and board member of “Centre Scientifique de Monaco”. Since May 2015, she was appointed Vice President of FEAM.

In 2015, she was appointed Board member of Alliance for Biomedical Research in Europe.

On 3 July 2015, she was admitted to the degree of Doctor of Medical Science (Honoris Causa) by the Queen’s University of Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK.

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