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OncoZON Research Challenge 2024


📅           Friday 27 September 2024 | 9:00-12:30
📍          ECI Cultuurfabriek | Roermond

1e OncoZON Research Challenge

We are excited to invite you to the first OncoZON Research Challenge on Friday, September 27, 2024.
We would like to offer researchers a unique platform to present their latest findings in oncological care.
Additionally, Frits van Osch, Roos van der Ven and André Dekker will share their visions on research and innovation. This event will be conducted entirely in English.

Following the Research Challenge, we will host the OncoZON Symposium: ‘From Vision to Reality | Celebrate the OECI Network Accreditation with Us!’ From 14:00 to 17:30. Please note that this segment will be primarily in Dutch, except for Simon Oberst’s keynote speech, which will be in English.

We warmly invite you to join us for the entire day and look forward to welcoming you!



09:00 – 09:15 Welcome speech
Dr. Frits van Osch |Epidemiologist | VieCuri Medisch centrum
09:15 – 09:45 Research OncoZON as a network
Roos van der Ven |PhD candidate | IKNL / OncoZON
09:45 – 10:30 Poster session 1    
10:30 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 11:45 Poster session 2
11:45 – 12:15 Health RI & AI  
Prof. dr. André Dekker | Professor Clinical Data Science |Maastro
12:15 – 12:30 And the prize goes to…?!
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch | Walk-in > OncoZON Symposium

Signing up for poster presentation

Would you like to submit an abstract for poster presentations? You can do so via until 1 September 2024 with ref: ‘poster 2024 OncoZON’. For the conditions an abstract must meet, please check  our site OncoZON Science Challenge 2024, here you will find the latest info about this morning. Moreover, you have a chance of winning a great prize!

Symposium secretariat
For questions, comments or unsubscription, please email >

Sign up
Sign up easily and free of charge here or scan the QR code


General Rules and Guidelines submission of an abstract

With the submission of an abstract, the first author (submitting author):

  • Accepts responsibility for the accuracy of the submitted abstracts.
    • There is no submission fee
    •       Abstracts should be submitted in English.
    •       Confirms that all authors are aware of and agree to the content of the abstract and support the data presented.
    •       The submitting author will receive all correspondence about the abstract. For this reason, it is strongly recommended that the submitting author also acts as corresponding author.

Abstracts for poster presentations should include:

Title: 15 words or fewer (use upper-case letters only for the first word and names).
Author(s) details (name and affiliation): First name(s) followed by surname(s); Institution of affiliation, country. The first author is the presenting author.

The body of the text should be no longer than 250 words and include:

Background: State the primary objectives of the study, including the main research questions, aims or theory being tested.

Methods: Quantitative studies should include design, participants (including number of participants), measures, and analysis. Qualitative studies should include design, participants, and methods of data collection and analysis, e.g., thematic analysis, discourse analysis, and interpretative phenomenological analysis.

Findings: Quantitative studies should include a summary of the results (accompanied by important statistical information). Qualitative studies should include a description of the main findings such as the themes or categories generated. An abstract for work-in-progress should include a detailed description of the planned analyses.

Discussion: Conclusions and/or some discussion of the possible contribution to, or implications for relevant contexts.

Please do not include (a list of) references in the body or at the end of your abstract.


Invitation OncoZON Symposium
From Vision to Reality | Celebrate the OECI network accreditation with us!

📅    Friday 27 September 2024 | 14:00-17:30
📍   ECI Cultuurfabriek | Roermond

We would like to invite you to the OncoZON Symposium on Friday 27 September 2024. It promises to be a day full of inspiring knowledge exchange on how we collaborate on demonstrable high-quality oncological network care. The symposium offers us the opportunity to connect and inspire (healthcare) professionals and interested parties. Naturally, there will be ample opportunity to engage in conversation with each other, and lunch and festive drinks will be provided.

Festive award ceremony
Our network was the first major oncology network in Europe to receive the prestigious OECI network quality seal. We would like to celebrate this happy event with you during the official presentation of certificates to all network partners by Simon Oberst, Director of Quality and Accreditation, of the OECI.

Offering perspective
Optimising and innovating cancer care requires a joint effort. Only by working together – both within and outside the region – can we offer the best perspective to both healthcare professionals and people with cancer and their loved ones. This allows them to make informed choices that match their needs and wishes.


Symposium programme

12:30 – 14:00              Walk-in | lunch
14:00 – 14:05              Word of welcome
Prof. Dr. René van der Hulst | Chairman Executive Board | OncoZON

14:05 – 14:20               From vision to reality with OECI
Prof. Dr. Bernd Kremer | Former chairman DB OncoZON |
Head and neck oncologist | Erasmus MC

14:20 – 14:40               OECI Lessons learned from OncoZON’s Network Accreditation
Simon Oberst MA FCA | Director of Quality and Accreditation | OECI

14:40 – 14:50               Presentation of OECI certificate to all network partners by Simon Oberst

14:50 – 15:10               Researching OncoZON as a network
                                       Roos van der Ven MSc| PhD candidate IKNL /OncoZON

15:10 – 15:45               Interactive panel discussion with:
Esther Gruintjes MSc | Director Catharina Cancer Institute | Catharina Hospital
Dr. Evert van Limbergen | Radiotherapist-oncologist | Maastro
Dr. Frits van Osch | Epidemiologist | VieCuri Medical Centre
Henryk Starosciak LL.M| Chairman Patient Advisory Board OncoZON

15:45 – 15:55               Wrap up

15:55 – 16:30               Break

16:30 – 17:00              Care across lines with AI
                                       Dr. Joost Huiskens | Chief Medical Information Officer| Microsoft

17:00 – 17:20              Connected care: the future vision for excellent oncology networks
Prof. Dr. Maria Jacobs | Chairman of the Executive Board | Maastro

17:20 – 17:30              Wrap up

17:30 – 18:30              Drinks | Celebrating the OECI success together







Day chairman
The experienced and energetic Simone van Trier will take the chairmanship of the day
for her part. Good communication is the key to any success according to her, which is why she likes to contribute to an open meeting between people.



ECI Cultuurfabriek
ECI 13, 6041 MA Roermond


Public transport

From Roermond station, it is about a 15-minute walk to the ECI Culture Factory.

It is also possible to take the bus.
From Roermond station, you can take Arriva Stadsbus 2 towards Herten to the bus stop Bisschop Lindanussingel. From here it is about a 5-minute walk to the ECI cultuurfabriek.

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Route by car

The ECI cultuurfabriek can be reached by car
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You will find a number of parking facilities in the immediate vicinity of the Culture Factory

  • Concordia hockey pitch | Burgemeester Geuljanslaan 1 | free | 5 min. walk
  • Dr Bärstraat | front of ECI Fabriek | paid parking between 8:00 – 18:00 | day ticket €6.50
  • Roercenter car park | Roersingel 13 | paid parking | 5-minute walk



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