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Public talk

Treating cancer in the XXI century:
biology, physics and genomics

- Søren M. Bentzen -

CICG - Tuesday 28 February, 18:30 - Room 2

The seminar will be in English, a simultaneous translation to French will be available. Free entrance, no registration required.

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Modern cancer therapy often involves local treatment, surgery or radiation therapy, combined with systemic treatment, chemotherapy or novel “smart” drugs, designed to target a specific biological feature of the cancer cells. Advances in physics and biology have revolutionized our anti-cancer arsenal leading to personalized treatments that increasingly improve cure rates and health-related quality of life in cancer survivors. Among the most exciting current research fields are biomedical imaging, improving our capability to study cancer and its response to treatment inside the human body, and genomics, improving our knowledge of the factors that drive cancer progression and/or affects the success of therapy. 

The lecture will illustrate how scientists from multiple fields collaborate to deliver on the great promise of personalized cancer therapy.


Short bio:


Søren M. Bentzen, PhD, DSc is professor of Human Oncology and member of the Imaging and Radiation Science program of the Carbone Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Wisconsin (UW) School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, Wisconsin (USA).

Qualifications: M.Sc. (physics and mathematics, 1981); Ph.D. (medical imaging, 1986); D.Sc. (clinical radiobiology, 1994), all from Aarhus University, Denmark.

Prof. Bentzen holds joint appointments as Professor of Medical Physics and of Biostatistics & Medical Informatics at UW. He has published more than 350 scientific papers and presented nearly 300 invited lectures.

His research has been recognized by 20 awards and honors including the ESTRO Breuer Gold Medal (2003), the MD Anderson Distinguished Alumnus Award (2008), Honorary Life Memberships of Association of Radiation Oncologists of India (2008) and Belgian Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (2009), Douglas Lea Lecture of the UK Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (2011).

Prof. Bentzen held an Honorary Professorship at University College London (2000–2005). He is currently the Varian Visiting Professor to the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) and Adjunct Professor of Radiobiology and Medical Physics, University of Copenhagen.