Professor Alexander M.M. Eggermont has been appointed as General Director of the cancer centre, Institut Gustave Roussy, in Villejuif, France, initially for a five year term. The appointment comes into effect from the 1st October.
Professor Eggermont joins Institut Gustave Roussy from the Erasmus University of Rotterdam - Daniel den Hoed Cancer Center, where he has been the Full Professor of Surgical Oncology since 2003. He is specialised in the treatment of melanoma, sarcomas and immunotherapy research.
He has been President of the European CanCer Organisation (ECCO), 2008-2010, and the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC), 2003-2006.
A leading figure in European oncology research, Professor Eggermont has received a number of awards for his scientific accomplishments such as the Joseph Maisin Honorary Chair at the Catholique University of Leuven, Belgium and the Oswald van der Veken Award by the National Academy of Sciences, Belgium and has published over 400 peer-reviewed articles, monographs and book chapters.
At the Institut Gustave Roussy, Professor Eggermont will be heading one of Europe's leading cancer research centres. The centre has over 400 research scientists working on a number of research and development projects.