Fellowship

Established in 1991 to promote European cancer clinical research, the EORTC Fellowship Programme encourages physicians, statisticians and scientists from all over the world to stay for up to three years at EORTC headquarters in Brussels. It offers opportunities to learn the principles of cancer clinical research by being attached to a specific EORTC group, a medical or a methodological research programme in the Belgian capital.  It is a unique way to absorb all aspects of creating, activating and bringing cancer clinical research projects to maturity, from the inside.

The EORTC Fellowship programme does not just provide training in clinical research methodology for physicians and other interested professionals. It is also a chance to use EORTC’s rich databases to work on publications that will benefit EORTC and the individual fellows.  EORTC fellows acquire a high level of expertise in clinical research methodology which can contribute to future career success. In addition, all research work is performed internationally, which promotes a rapid spread of clinical trial results.

Support for the EORTC Fellowship Programme comes from several sources, and more than 170 fellowships covering 35 countries have been awarded.

Selection process

A preliminary screening of applications will be done to verify their completeness and conformity with the above mentioned eligibility criteria. Eligible applications will then be forwarded to the relevant Head(s) of Department(s) for assessment. The applicants will be contacted to arrange a telephone interview.

All applicants will be notified of the outcome of the selection process.

For more information about the Fellowship Programme, contact us.

Current fellows

Sarah KellySarah Kelly (UK)

Sarah Kelly joined the EORTC from the UK in October 2018. She holds a BSc in Radiotherapy, IPEM Diploma of Clinical Technology with a Radiotherapy Physics specialism and an MSc in Physics and Engineering in Medicine- Radiation Physics specialty. Sarah’s previous experience includes treatment delivery and quality assurance of radiotherapy but her main area of practice is in treatment planning. She has most recently focused on the development and planning of complex sites including paediatrics, lymphoma and sarcoma.

Sarah is a research fellow on the QUARTET project, which aims to improve outcomes for children and young adults with cancer across Europe. In a collaboration between SIOPE and the EORTC, the project will develop standards for quality control of radiotherapy in paediatric clinical trials and implement an online prospective quality assurance programme.

Teodora Lalova

Teodora Lalova (Bulgary)

Teodora Lalova is Bulgarian. She obtained her LL.M. degree at KU Leuven (Belgium) in 2018, specializing in International and European Business law. She holds a Master of Law diploma (2016) from Sofia University (Bulgaria). Her previous professional experience includes various internships, both in the private sector (at an acclaimed Bulgarian law firm, active in the field of commercial and business law), and at public institutions, such as Sofia Regional Court, and the Pardons Committee at the President of the Republic of Bulgaria.

Teodora joined the EORTC as a fellow in September 2018. She is conducting legal research in the sphere of Cancer Survivorship and the right to be forgotten, under the guidance of Prof F. Meunier, Director of Special Projects at EORTC.

The project, in which Teodora is involved, provides also the foundation for her PhD studies at KU Leuven, where she is working under the supervision of Prof I. Huys (Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences), and the co-supervision of Prof P. Valcke (Faculty of Law).

Blaise MwunguraBlaise Mwungura (the Netherlands)

Blaise is a holder of Master of Science (MSc) degree in Epidemiology and Public Health that he obtained from the University of Wageningen, the Netherlands.

During his MSc studies, Blaise developed a keen interest in cancer epidemiology in which he was involved in several epidemiological studies including the Consortium on Health and Ageing: Network of Cohorts in Europe and the United States (CHANCES).

In September 2018, Blaise joined the EORTC as an Epidemiologist Fellow in ‘’Your Outcome Update (YOU protocol)’’- an EORTC infrastructure intends to optimize long-term follow-up and research of patients treated in clinical research. In the same context of YOU project, Blaise will contribute in long-term data collection of cancer survivors in the setting of clinical trials and population-based cancer registries which will enable to keep long-term track of patients and understand different dimensions that cancer survivors need.

Nicolas SauvéNicolas Sauvé (France)

Nicolas holds the equivalent of a Master of Science (MSc) degree from the National School for Statistics and Information Analysis (ENSAI) that he obtained in Rennes, France.

He is specialized in Biostatistics and gathered experience from his time in one of INSERM MRU (Mixed Research Units) called SPHERE (methodS in Patients-centered outcomes and HEalth ResEarch) where he was to evaluate the impact of gambling involvement by using an observational cohort of gamblers.

Nicolas joined the EORTC in April 2018 as a fellow in Biostatistics. As part of the Soft Tissue and Bone Sarcoma Group, Nicolas’ current work includes a retrospective evaluation of neo-adjuvant/adjuvant treatment in angiosarcoma, as well as a research project that aims at assessing the prognostic significance of bone metastases in soft tissue sarcoma. Nicolas is also involved in the redesign of a Head and Neck clinical trial evaluating the efficacy and safety of chemotherapy vs androgen deprivation therapy in patients with recurrent and/or metastatic, androgen receptor expressing, salivary gland cancer.

Julien PeronJulien Peron (France)

Dr. Julien Péron joined the EORTC in January 2018 as a medical fellow.
He earned his MD in medical oncology in 2013 in Lyon in France. From 2015 to 2017, he worked as a medical fellow at the Lyon university hospital (Hospices Civils de Lyon) and specialized in gynaecological, breast, and GI cancers.
He also earned a PhD in biostatistics in 2015 from the Lyon 1 University. His work in biostatistics focused on multicriteria analyses, and on survival analyses of non-proportional data coming from randomized trials. Dr. Péron is an active member of the GINECO (French cooperative group for ovarian and breast cancer).

He joined the EORTC as a Medical Research Fellow in the EORTC Breast Cancer Group. He will be involved in various medical aspects of EORTC trials preparation and conduct.He also will collaborate with the statistical department on the development of an innovative statistical method named generalized pairwise comparison.

aimee umiwanaAimé Uwimana (Rwanda)

Aimé Lambert Uwimana is Rwandan and he holds two Masters Degrees in Statistics with specialization in Biostatistics as well as in Epidemiology and Public Health Methodology (EPI), both obtained at Hasselt University, Belgium. He earned his first master’s degree in Biostatistics in September 2016 and his second in EPI in September 2017.

In December 2017, Lambert joined the EORTC as a fellow in Biostatistics in order to carry out a research project on Breast Cancer such as MINDACT and clinical trials design.

bart jacobsBart Jacobs (Belgium)

Bart joined the EORTC as a fellow in biostatistics in November 2017 shortly after obtaining a PhD in Statistical Data-Analysis from Ghent University.  He earned a Bachelor in Mathematics in 2007 from Antwerp University and a Master of Statistics in 2009 from KU Leuven.  From 2009 until 2012, he worked at KU Leuven as a researcher in psychology and a teaching assistant in mathematics.  In 2012, he joined Ghent University as an assistant in statistics where he developed model-based classification methods to confront the bias and precision in digital PCR quantification.

At EORTC, Bart will join the RECIST (Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumours) project, the well-known criteria to assess the activity and efficacy of new cancer therapeutics with respect to tumor burden.

 

 

Justyna Mierzynska (Belgium)

Justyna is Belgian and comes from Poland. She is a psychologist and earned her both master degrees (in clinical and then, organizational psychology) from Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium. Prior to joining the EORTC, she has worked in different nonprofit psychiatric and psychosocial institutions.
Justyna joined the EORTC as a fellow in Quality of Life to conduct the research project on “Reference values data for EORTC QLQ-C30 for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and Breast cancer”.
This project will allow to facilitate the use and interpretation of Health-related Quality of life data, which are becoming an important endpoints in clinical trials. Indeed, HRQOL are helping to provide information regarding which treatment offers the best quality of life and the greatest improvement in psychosocial aspects of care.

 

Mekdes Taye (Ethiopia)

Mekdes Taye is Ethiopian and she holds an Advanced Master in Public Health Methodology from Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and Master of Statistics degree with specialization in Biostatistics from Hasselt University, Belgium. She joined EORTC in August 2017 as a fellow in the Quality of life department. At EORTC, Mekdes will be involved in the project “Determining reference value for EORTC-QLQ-C30 for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (HL) and Breast Cancer”. This Project aims to provide a more evidence-based approach to interpreting health-related quality of life (“HRQOL”) scores of the QLQ-C30, using data from Phase II and III clinical trials conducted by the EORTC.

 

 

 

Mistumi Terada (Japan)

Dr. Mitsumi Terada joined the EORTC in June 2017 from Tokyo, Japan. He earned his MD degree in 2009 from the Jikei University in Tokyo. He started his career as a general surgeon, and in 2014, he worked as a surgical fellow at the department of gastric surgery at the National Cancer Center Hospital East in Chiba for about 3 years and he specialized in gastric cancer as well as laparoscopic gastrectomy. From October 2016, he joined the Japan Clinical Oncology Group (JCOG) Operation Office to learn methodology of clinical trials.

Mitsumi joined the EORTC as a Medical Research Fellow in the EORTC Gastrointestinal Tract Cancer Group. He will be involved in various aspects of EORTC trials including INNOVATION-TRIAL (INtegratioN of trastuzumab, with or without pertuzumab, into periOperatiVe chemotherApy of HER-2 posiTIve stOmach caNcer), DREAM (Diffusion-Weighted Magnetic REsonance Imaging Assessment of Liver Metastasis to Improve Surgical Planning), and a new collaboration project between EORTC and JCOG.

Lien Dorme (Belgium)

Lien Dorme came to the EORTC in March 2017 from the KU Leuven, Belgium, where she earned her Master in Educational Sciences and her Master in Statistics, Magna cum Laude. She developed a strong interest in good research practices during her education.

At the EORTC, Lien will be involved in the SISAQOL project of the EORTC Quality of Life Department. The SISAQOL project aims at Setting International Standards in Analyzing patient-reported outcomes and Quality Of Life endpoints data.

Health-related quality of life (HRQOL) and other patient-reported outcomes (PRO) have become important endpoints in clinical cancer trials, but these measures are currently analyzed and interpreted in various ways, which makes it difficult to compare results across trials. In order to improve interpretability and the use of statistical methods of HRQOL and PRO data, harmonization of statistical analyses and interpretation of these data is needed. The main goal of Lien’s research is to develop clear standards and guidelines in this trial design. Moreover, she will tackle other general issues relevant to the analysis of PRO and HRQOL data, such as the standardization of basic statistical terms and approaches to handle missing data.

Teresa de Rojas (Spain)

Dr. Teresa de Rojas comes to the EORTC from Madrid, Spain. She holds a Medical Degree obtained in 2010 at the Complutense University of Madrid, and a Specialty Training Degree in Pediatrics obtained in 2015 at the Children’s Hospital Niño Jesús, also in Madrid. She worked as a Clinical Fellow in Pediatric Oncology at the same hospital for one year, and was involved in the CNIO-HNJ Clinical Research Unit for Pediatric Phase I/II Clinical Trials. Since June 2015, she has also been a PhD candidate at Autonoma University in Madrid, where she is investigating ways to improve the treatment of pediatric CNS embryonal tumours.

Teresa joined the EORTC in February 2017 as Medical Research Fellow in the Children’s Leukemia Group. She will be involved in the “Long term ALL survivors outcome” project, among other projects in the field of childhood acute lymphoblastic and acute myelogenous leukemia.

Teresa’s fellowship is supported by FOCA (Fonds Cancer).

Els Genbrugge (Belgium)

Els is Belgian and holds a masters degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Antwerp. As she was fascinated by data analysis, she completed her education with an Advanced Master of Statistical Data Analysis degree at Ghent University.
She joined EORTC in 2016 for a fellowship that focuses on Brain Cancer research projects, in which she has the opportunity to use both skills to contribute to advancing knowledge. Her projects include a retrospective pooled analysis to evaluate whether concomitant use of anticoagulant, antidepressant or antidiabetic medication prolongs survival in newly-diagnosed glioblastoma patients. In parallel, she is working on a project evaluating the relationship between MGMT promoter methylation status and survival outcome, via meta-analysis in newly diagnosed glioblastoma patients. The objective is to redefine the MGMT cut-off supervised by overall survival, identifying a subgroup of patients with tumours that are “truly” methylated for MGMT and who therefore benefit significantly more from the standard of care therapy.

Samson Assele (Ethiopia)

Samson Yaekob Assele comes from Wolayta Sodo, Ethiopia. He joined the EORTC HQ in November 2015 after obtaining a Master of statistics degree with  specialisation in biostatistics, with great distinction, from University of Hasselt, Belgium.

At EORTC, Samson has been taking part in a breast cancer survivorship project that aims to analyse  four successive EORTC trials in early breast cancer (EBC) from 1986 to 2010, in order to study the influence of various prognostic factors on long-term outcomes after an isolated local relapse. He is also working on an IGCCCG2 initiative that aims at establishing a common electronic database – IGCCCG Update Data Warehouse – of metastatic GCC patients treated since 1990.

In the second year of his fellowship, Samson will continue working on the IGCCCG2 initiative project and will also be involved in several other collaborative projects with young investigators of the LUNG group.