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

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.

Keita Mori (Japan)

Keita Mori came from Shizuoka, Japan and joined the fellowship program in Biostatistics at the EORTC in May 2017.

He earned his Master’s degree in environmental study at Okayama University, Japan, and he got the PhD in statistical sciences (2014) at SOKENDAI of Japan.

From 2012 to May 2017, he worked as a statistician at the Shizuoka Cancer Center, Japan.
As statistician he worked on many clinical research projects.

Keita is involved on the research project in “Genitourinary Group” at the EORTC.

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.

Jean-Jacques Stelmes (Luxemburg)

Dr. Jean-Jacques Stelmes joined the EORTC Headquarters in March 2017 as a medical fellow. During his fellowship the EORTC HQ offers young scientists in radiation oncology the possibility of being involved in radiotherapy quality assurance (RTQA) for clinical trials. RTQA ensures the consistency of prescription and delivery of radiotherapy treatment for patients, so that optimal treatment with less expected toxicity can be achieved.

Prior to joining the EORTC, Dr. Stelmes was an Radiation Oncology Resident in the Radiotherapy Department at the University Hospital of Basel, Switzerland. He received his Master in medicine from the University Pierre et Marie Curie – UPMC (PARIS 6). Dr. Stelmes is member of the SRO (Swiss Society for Radiation Oncology) DEGRO (German Society for Radiation Oncology) and ESTRO (European Society for Radiotherapy & Oncology).

At the EORTC, Jean-Jacques will work on retrospective evaluation of radiotherapy plans within the context of the EORTC 62092-22092 (STRASS) trial. He will also assist external experts working on prospective RTQA projects such as the EORTC 1420 (Best of) trial and participate in the Global Harmonisation Group (GHG) in the elaboration of harmonized IMRT credentialing guideslines.

Anouk Neven (Luxemburg)

Anouk Neven joined the EORTC in March 2017. She earned her Master’s degree in Mathematics from Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium in 2012. After her master’s degree, she did a research year in statistics with applications in finance at the University of Luxembourg. Since September 2013, she has been teaching mathematics in a secondary school in Luxembourg.
Anouk joined the EORTC in March 2017 as a fellow in statistics to conduct the research project on “Methodology of the design of cancer clinical trials and the methodology component relating to the development and assessment of new designs for complex settings”.

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).

Maria Urbanowicz (Poland)

Dr. Maria Urbanowicz earned her MD degree from the University of Medical Sciences in Poznan, Poland in 2010.  She did her residency in Pathology at the department of Pathology in the 12 de Octubre University Hospital in Madrid and became a specialist in May 2016. During the residency, she did an observership in a dermatopathology laboratory – Dermatopathologie Friedrichshafen in Germany. Between May and December, she worked as a pathologist in Severo Ochoa University Hospital and 12 de Octubre University Hospital in Madrid, focusing mainly on Gynecological Pathology and Gastrointestinal Pathology. In January 2017 she joined the EORTC as a fellow in Translational Research with an ESP-EORTC fellowship.

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.

Michal Kicinski (Poland)

Michal earned his Master of Science in Statistics, Specialisation Biostatistics, with Great Distinction from KU Leuven, Belgium, and his PhD in Science from Hasselt University, Belgium.

Michal gained extensive experience as a researcher at Hasselt University, conducting studies on the neurobehavioral effects of environmental pollution and providing statistical support in a number of biomedical studies. Besides his experience as an applied biostatistician, he conducted research on methods to detect publication bias in meta-analysis.

As an EORTC fellow in the Statistics department, Michal has been involved in a number of research projects including a study of the work and education situation of Hodgkin lymphoma survivors, a comparison of clinical outcomes of patients treated in and outside clinical trials, a comparison of quality-of-life indicators between patients treated in and outside clinical trials, a phase III melanoma trial comparing adjuvant Pembrolizumab with a placebo, an investigation of the prognostic value of oncogenic alterations in childhood T-ALL, an assessment of long-term outcomes of childhood ALL, and a study on methods to deal with crossover in the analysis of overall survival in clinical trials.

Katherine Hartmann (USA)

Dr. Katherine Hartmann comes to the EORTC from the United States.  She completed her PhD in genomics during the summer of 2016 at the Ohio State University.  Kate joined the EORTC in September of 2016 as a Fulbright Fellow.  Her work focuses on cancer evolution.  She will complete her medical training at Ohio State upon returning to the U.S.

 

 

 

 

Marie Mesnil (France)

Dr. Marie Mesnil came to the EORTC in September 2016 from the Paris Descartes University, France, where she earned her PhD in law. After an undergraduate degree in biology (Pierre and Marie Curie University), Marie obtained a master’s degree in law (Sciences Po Paris) and then specialised in health law. She is particularly interested in the rights of patients.

At the EORTC, Marie’s fellowship is part of the survivorship program. Her work deals with legal issues relating to insurance problems faced by cancer survivors. It aims, in particular, to extend the French “right to be forgotten”, meaning that after a certain period of time, former cancer patients do not have to declare that they have had cancer when applying for loan-related insurance.

Nathan Touati (France)

Nathan Touati came to the EORTC in March 2015 after receiving the equivalent of a Master of Science (MSc) degree from the National School for Statistics and Information Analysis (ENSAI) in Rennes, France. With a specialization in biostatistics and a few experiences in institutions/laboratories during his education, he joined the Statistics department team as a fellow.

Nathan is working with members of the Breast Cancer group and is involved in clinical trial data analyses as well as translational/external research implying the EORTC 10994-BCG P53 and 10981 AMAROS trials. Furthermore, in collaboration with the Soft Tissue and Bone Sarcoma group, he is engaged into the development of retrospective studies – leiomyosarcoma/angiosarcoma – and several research projects concerning the EORTC 62043/62072 pazopanib trials.

Stefanie Broes (Belgium)

Stefanie Broes came to EORTC in September 2014 from the KU Leuven, Belgium, where she earned her Master of Biomedical Sciences, Magna cum Laude, and her Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences.

At EORTC, Stefanie will address novel models of partnerships focused on sharing clinical data and human samples. The main focus of her work will concern EORTC’s SPECTA, Screening Patients for Efficient Clinical Trial Access, and the opportunities for pan-European collaborations between industry, academia, regulatory agencies, patient groups and other major cancer organisations. Through this innovative approach, EORTC wants to take a leading role in redesigning the clinical trial landscape.