26 June 2020

2019: Building on Success and Launching New Initiatives

Oncode Institute is proud to present the public summary of its second Annual Report.

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The report showcases the highlights of Oncode in 2019. Outsmarting cancer is one of the most ambitious missions of our times - one that no single group can complete on its own. That’s why we have joined the forces of 61 research groups across the Netherlands. Our 800+ researchers have access to world class infrastructure, technologies, training, support teams and financial means to support high-risk research projects. Oncode’s scientific community is deliberately set up to promote interdisciplinary research, reduce barriers to collaboration, and foster a culture of openness and sharing.

We invite you to read about how we did that last year and what we are planning for the future.

Click here to read the full report

Other News

Kops website
New biosensor measures activity of control enzyme MPS1
Researchers from the group of Oncode Investigator Geert Kops (Hubrecht Institute) have developed a biosensor that can precisely depict the activity of the MPS1 enzyme in living cells. MPS1 is responsible for accurate distribution of DNA during cell division; errors in this process can lead to cancer. Using the new biosensor, the researchers discovered that the MPS1 enzyme is significantly less active in colorectal cancer cells. The results were published in the scientific journal Current Biology on the 3rd of September.
Pre-existing immune-resistant cancer cells identified in melanoma
Researchers at the Netherlands Cancer Institute, led by Oncode Investigator Daniel Peeper with Julia Boshuizen as first author, have discovered a cluster of tumor cells that are refractory to immunotherapy and that exists even prior to treatment. This finding, which was published in the scientific journal Nature Communications, may lead to new therapies that eliminate cancer more effectively.


Elize is part of Oncode’s communication team. She has over 10 years of experience in the com-munication industry, both for commercial and non-profit organisations. After obtaining her bache-lor and master degree in communication at Utrecht University, Elize worked as a communication professional at a research institute, PR agency, law firm and internet company. She has a strong focus on external communications and Public Relations. At Oncode - together with her colleagues - Elize produces the monthly newsletters for Oncode Investigators & Researchers and the Oncode digital magazine. She publishes content for the Oncode website and is responsible for all social media channels. She enjoys discussing science with researchers and support them in their outreach.
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Convey impact, get funding
In order to give our community hands-on advice on how to improve their grant writing, we hosted a 90- minute interactive webinar: Get Funding: Convey the impact of your science.