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Copenhagen University Hospital, Herlev

Department of Oncology

Research at the Department of Oncology, Herlev, is centred on the Cancer Research Centre (CRC). The centre was established in January 2008 and includes the Clinical Research Unit (founded 1992), The Experimental Cancer Therapy Unit (founded 2004), a basic research laboratory (founded 1994) and several multidisciplinary research groups. The scientific research at CRC is organized into multidisciplinary working groups containing about 5 to 10 faculty members. Each working group has a head responsible for organizing the activities and for communicating with the other scientists at the centre about the program. The objective of the centre is to provide good quality research to ensure optimal benefit for cancer patients. The ultimate goal is to promote a multidisciplinary approach to cancer research in an open dialogue between patients (and their relatives) and researchers. Thus, it is our vision that the patient is central in an interactive, dynamic process regarding scientific development. Currently, the focus of the research laboratory is gene expression analyses including RT-PCR and determination of mRNA- and microRNA profiles. The centre has a network of leading scientists and oncologists, including collaboration with other Clinical Research Units, Phase I Units and research laboratories in Denmark and Europe. The Radiotherapy Research Group is attached to the CRC, with a full-time Research Coordinator (Medical Physicist, PhD) managing and coordinating research projects and efforts in radiotherapy. Main research areas in radiotherapy include Monte Carlo calculations, where a Research Physicist is fully supported through a 2-year grant from The Danish Cancer Society, investigating “Precise dose calculations for intensity modulated radiation therapy of cancer”. A previous grant from the Toyota Foundation, Denmark, ensured the acquisition of a PC-cluster for computational power in Monte Carlo calculations. Other research areas in radiotherapy include safety in radiotherapy, where the Department links in with international bodies, such as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the International Commission on Radiation Protection (ICRP).

CIRRO responsible contact person, CAK: Brian Kristensen

Onkologisk Afdeling R
Herlev Ringvej 75
2730 Herlev