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Hans Clevers receives Erasmus Medal

For his long list of important contributions to the scientific community, prof. dr. Hans Clevers received the Erasmus Medal, the highest award of the Academia Europaea on Thursday November 29th 2018.

Clevers traveled, together with his wife, to Barcelona, where the annual conference of the Academia Europaea was held. The Academia Europaea was established in 1988 and gathered about 2000 members, among whom 40 Nobelprize laureates. With the award of the medal, Clevers is invited to become member.

Sierd Cloetingh, Hans Clevers, Jos van der MeerSierd Cloetingh, Hans Clevers, Jos van der Meer


Sierd Cloetingh, President of the Academia, awarded the medal and prof. dr. Jos van der Meer, professor internal medicine at the Radboud UMC addressed Clevers in the laudation. The lecture given by Clevers, that followed, gave an overview of his career. He spoke about his first steps in the stem cell research in the earlier days and about the current developments with regard to personalized medicine.

In the Princess Máxima Center Clevers puts his scientific talent to use in the battle against childhood cancer. His research group cultures cancer cells from patients in the lab in such a way that they develop into mini-tumors. These mini-tumors in a dish are used by researchers to test treatment options.