The Oncology Research Center (ORC) provides the opportunity to combine different expertises, conduct studies and share information in the field of oncology. These opportunities optimize and facilitate basic, pre-clinical, translational, psychosocial, clinical and public health research being performed by scientists at the ORC.

Our Goals

  • Share information about current and future research projects.
  • Coordinate collaboration and foster interactions between members of the cluster.
  • Facilitate external contacts.
  • Optimize the utilization of common resources and technology platform.
  • Integrate expertise and efforts of the participating groups to achieve a center of expertise in the VUB/UZ.
  • Establish state-of-the-art technology platforms that facilitate basic- and translational cancer research.
  • Achieve highest standard of care, research and scientific education in the field of oncology.
  • Accelerate and maximize access to innovative treatments for the cancer patients.

Research Groups

The Oncology Research Center is a cluster that consists of five research groups:

Hematology and Immunology

Prof. Karin Vanderkerken
Prof. Rik Schots


End-of-Life Care

Prof. Luc Deliens


Laboratory of Molecular and Cellular Therapy (LMCT)

Prof. Karine Breckpot

Prof. Kia Movahedi   


Translational Radiation Oncology and palliative care (TROP)

Prof. Mark De Ridder


Laboratory of Medical and Molecular Oncology (LMMO)

Prof. Ilse Rooman

Prof. Bart Neyns