Utrecht welcomes centre for cancer research

According to Hans Clevers, a national centre for cancer research is to be set up in Utrecht. The president of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences claimed so on a Dutch radio station. The project will cost about 25 million euro’s and will be financed by health insurers.

The research in the centre will be focussed on stem cells. Their sensitivity to drugs will be tested, which will lead to customised treatment for up to 40.000 patients. However, the centre will not be a hospital itself.

Hans Clevers emphasises the necessity of such a centre. “We have made unexpected discoveries on the development of cancer here and the techniques to grow healthy cells come from our laboratories. We have to develop this knowledge further here in the Netherlands.”

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