Prof. Regina Beets-Tan, MD PhD #
Research Interest #
My main areas of clinical interest are abdominal and oncologic imaging. I lead the research at the department focusing on the assessment and prediction of cancer treatment response, with emphasis on MRI, Artificial Intelligence, Imaging of immunotherapy and Image guided radiotherapy and surgical treatment including Interventional Oncology. I take part in the institutional translational research board.
I represent the Netherlands Cancer Institute in the imaging panel of the Cancer Core Europe (a European network of comprehensive cancer centers). My focus of research is in multidisciplinary imaging of colorectal cancer. This research is in collaboration with multidisciplinary teams worldwide. From 2008-2009 I worked with the GI team of professor H. Hricak at the department of radiology, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC, NYC). I take part in research panels of funding organizations in the Netherlands, including the Dutch Organization of Science and the Dutch Cancer Society.
- 1988 Medical training at eur.nl;
- 1995 Board certified radiation oncologist;
- 1999 Board certified radiologist;
- 2000 PhD at maastrichtuniversity.nl.
Current positions #
- Since 2008 Full professor in abdominal radiology maastrichtuniversity.nl;
- Since 2015 Chairwoman of the Department of Radiology nki.nl;
- Since 2018 Adjunct professor in abdominal radiology sdu.dk.
Prior positions #
- 1988-1989 Senior house officer oncology dept rdehospital.nhs.uk;
- 1991-1995 Residency radiation therapy and oncology uzleuven.be;
- 1995-1999 Residency radiology mumc.nl;
- 1999-2015 Division chief abdominal radiology mumc.nl;
- 2006-2015 Division chief oncologic imaging service mumc.nl;
- 2005-2008 Associate professor in radiology maastrichtuniversity.nl;
- 2008-2009 Research fellow mskcc.org.
Grants and Awards #
More than 40 founded research projects. Here a list of the ones with > E.200.000:
- 2008 Dutch cancer society (KWF) Multicenter trial: can MRI select high and low risk groups in colorectal cancer?;
- 2008 BayerSchering Pharma Pilot validation MS325 MRI in rectal nodes;
- 2010 UM research school of oncology;
- 2013 Dutch cancer society (KWF) Multicenter trial: diagnostic value of novel MRI techniques for the primary staging and restaging of rectal cancer;
- 2013 Dutch cancer society Alpe D’Huzes (KWF) The value of completion axilliary treatment in sential node positive breast cancer patients undergoing mastectomy. A randomized multicenter trial;
- 2015 MUMC MR-PET breast cancer and MRI lung cancer;
- 2015 Dutch cancer society (KWF) Multicenter evaluation of the wait-and-see policy for complete responders after chemotherapy for rectal cancer;
- 2015 Dutch cancer society (KWF) Data management for UM 2019-7738: a multicenter evaluation of the wait-and-see policy for complete responders after chemoradiotherapy for rectal cancer.
- 2016 Dutch cancer society (KWF) Development of multiparametric imaging model for pre-treatment response in rectal cancer: the road towards organ preservation;
- 2017 Dutch organization of science Clinical impact of MRI staging of ovarian cancer patients;
- 2018 BTG Y90 neo-adjuvant, multi-center;
- 2019 Dutch organization of science Clinical impact of MRI peritoneal staging of CRC patients;
- 2020 Horizon 2020 CAST project.
Membership on (inter)national societies #
Members of numerous societies. Among those, notable roles include:
- Since 2021 President of the European Society of Radiology (ESR);
- 2019-2021 Member Mission Board for Cancer of the European Union;
- 2017- 2021 Board Member of the European CanCer Organization (ECO);
- 2017-2019 President of the European Society of Gastrointensinal & Abdominal Radiology (ESGAR);
- 2017-2019 President of the European Society of Oncology Imaging (ESOI);
- Since 2017 Faculty of Educational Committee GI Tumors of the European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO);
Promotions & Alumni #
PhD in Abdominal Radiology (Maastricht University) #
more than 40 PhD theses were completed under this topic. Two of them received outstanding evaluation from the graduation committee:
- Doenja Lambregts titled Organ saving treatment after CRT for rectal cancer MRI as selection tool, awarded Cum Laude;
- Monique Maas titled Rectal cancer: are we ready for the paradigm shift, awarded with distinction.