Our website uses cookies. We use cookies to remember settings and to help provide you with the best experience we can. We also use cookies to continuously improve our website by compiling visitor statistics. Read more about cookies

SIOP 2021: Máxima scientists present their latest findings

The most important conference for childhood cancer research, SIOP-2021, starts today. More than 3,000 scientists from 127 countries will come together online to discuss developments in the field. The Princess Máxima Center is of course also well represented. This year, 30 Máxima scientists will present their latest results.

Latest insights

Every year, researchers from all over the world take part in the annual meeting of the International Society of Pediatric Oncology (SIOP). They come together to discuss the most recent progress in their research field, to learn from each other, and to forge new collaborations. For four days, researchers can gain the latest insights on all aspects of pediatric oncology.

Presentations by Máxima researchers cover a wide range of topics: from a new technique for imaging neuroblastoma to late effects of the treatment of the bones, and from sleeping problems to gene differences in leukemia. The voice of child and parent also has a place on the program: for example, dr. Sasja Schepers will lead a session that examines children and parents’ experience of their quality of life.


Prof. Martha Grootenhuis has led the pediatric psycho-oncology network within SIOP, SIOP-PPO, for 15 years. She’s again looking forward to this year’s meeting. ‘We have a very varied program ahead of us. On Thursday we've again organized the annual SIOP-PPO Educational Day. As part of the 'Coming off treatment' theme, I hope to learn how we can guide children and families in the transition from the treatment back home, and during follow-up.’

Young Investigator Awards

Researchers who have submitted the best presentations to the committee are awarded the Young Investigator Awards. This year, five Máxima researchers were recognized in this way: Marloes van Gorp, Jenneke van Atteveld, Joeri Mul, Annelot Meijer, and Madeleine van der Perk.

The event can be followed online for participants from Thursday 21 October at 2.30 pm Dutch time, until Sunday 24 October at 10.35 pm.