UMC Utrecht’s Neuro-Oncology researchers perform innovative research in the field of brain tumors, with a special focus on gliomas.

Advancing understanding of brain tumors

UMC Utrecht’s neuro-oncology team focuses on brain tumors, particularly gliomas. Our mission is to advance understanding, improve patient outcomes, and pioneer treatments through a multidisciplinary approach combining clinical excellence with innovative research. As the largest tertiary referral center for neuro-oncology in the Netherlands, UMC Utrecht is recognized as a center of expertise.


Our work on gliomas highlights the complexity of these brain tumors, known for their aggressive nature and the challenges they pose in treatment. By delving into molecular diagnostics, we're developing more personalized treatment strategies that aim to extend patient survival and enhance quality of life. Our research prioritizes understanding the mechanisms of tumor growth and resistance, exploring new ways to deliver drugs effectively to the brain, and tailoring treatments to individual patient profiles. We do this in close collaboration with researchers of the Princess Máxima Center.

Website Princess Máxima Center for pediatric oncology

Innovative research techniques  

In pursuit of breakthroughs, we're employing cutting-edge techniques like High-frequency focused ultrasound (HiFU) for improved drug delivery, and leveraging MRI scans to differentiate between tumor progression and treatment effects. Our exploration into liquid biopsies and the development of patient-derived organoids stands at the forefront of personalized medicine, offering hope for more effective treatments.


Patient-Centered Research

Central to our research ethos is the integration of patient experiences. By involving patients in the design and execution of our studies, we ensure that our research remains grounded in the realities of those it aims to benefit. This collaborative approach not only enriches our understanding but also fosters a community of care and innovation.

Research Groups

Research groups play a pivotal role in advancing knowledge and innovation within their respective fields. By bringing together diverse experts, they foster collaborative efforts that drive scientific and technological breakthroughs.

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Tom Snijders

Assistant Professor - medical