Oncode Investigator Anne Rios of the Princess Máxima Center received the St. Baldrick’s Robert J. Arceci Innovation Award at the annual SIOP congress in Lyon, France. This is the first time the award has gone to the Netherlands.
During her postdoctoral training, Dr. Rios developed 3D imaging technology that allows viewers to immerse themselves into the cellular architecture of an entire organ. She is one of only a few people in the world to apply this technology, and she has optimized it into a rapid and easy-to-use protocol that can now be used for 3D imaging of entire organs, intact tumors and organoids.
Since pediatric cancers arise early in life, even at an embryonic stage, this combined expertise in developmental biology and three-dimensional imaging allows Dr. Rios to have a unique look at these cancers. She examines cancer cells and their behaviour to see very specific details of the cells that can contribute to their aggressiveness and their ability to make a child sick. Once these specific features are identified, drugs can be developed against them with the goal of providing new treatment options for children with cancer.