Basic (bio-) Medical Sciences

Postal address
Laarbeeklaan 103
1090
Brussels
Belgium

Expertise

Dirk Verellen is Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), and director of the Medical Physics Group in the Department of Radiotherapy of the Iridium Cancer Network Antwerp, Belgium (Director of Medical Physics and chair of the research group 'Translational Radiation Oncology and Physics' at UZ Brussel between 1996 and 2016). Dr. Verellen received the M.Sc. degree in solid state physics at the University of Antwerp, Belgium, and a Ph.D. in medical sciences from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Along his educational duties at the VUB in Biomedical Physics he is also guest professor at the University of Ghent for Biomedical Engineering, several continual education programs, and course director for Clinical Practice & Implementation of Image-Guided Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy at the ESTRO School of Radiotherapy and Oncology.

Expertise

He is author of over 100 peer-reviewed scientific papers (Hirsch-index: 30) and editor or contributing author of several books. His main interest is in the practical issues concerning implementation of conformal radiotherapy and image-guidance in a clinical environment, and safety and quality management in radiotherapy. He serve(s)d in the board of editors for the journals “Physics & Imaging in Radiation Oncology”, “Medical Physics”, “Journal of Radiosurgery and SBRT”, and “Radiation Oncology”. Dirk Verellen was awarded as Spinoza Honorary Professor of the University of Amsterdam in 2009, received the prestigious ESTRO Breur Award Lecture in 2015, and the Emanuel van der Schueren award lecture of the BVRO in 2017.

Expertise

He serves as treasurer, member of the Board of Directors, the Physics Committee and the Radiation Oncology Safety Committee of ESTRO (European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology), and was membership officer 2011-2013. He is currently also board member for Kom Op Tegen Kanker and the ECCO (European Cancer Organisation). Dirk Verellen serves in different committees such as the College of Radiation Oncologists in Belgium; the Medical Jury of the Federal Agency for Nuclear Control (FANC); Nederlandse Commissie voor Stralingsdosimetrie (NCS) sub-committee on Guidelines for Stereotactic Treatments; AAPM Task Group 101 on Stereotactic Body Radiosurgery for the American Association of Medical Physics (AAPM); Task Group 1 on Image-guidance for the European Institute of Radiotherapy (EIR); AAPM Task Group 194 on “Simulation training for medical physicists and impact on procedure outcome”; the Working Group “Radiotherapy Accuracy” of the “Dosimetry and Medical Radiation Physics Section” of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); and the Belgian Quality Audit Programme for radiotherapy.

Expertise

  • University of Dublin Trinity College School of Medicine, theses review B.Sc. Radiotherapy: 2010-2011 (27 in total)
  • W. Wunderlink: “Accurate targeting of liver tumors in stereotactic radiation therapyâ€� Degree: PhD Medical Physics, Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam, 2011
  • G Kragl: “New technological approaches to advanced radiation therapy: Flattening filter free photon beamsâ€� Degree: PhD Medical Sciences, Medical University of Vienna, 2011
  • Tom Budiharto: “The optimization of treatment selection and of external beam radiotherapy for prostate cancer patientsâ€� Degree: PhD Medical Sciences, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, 2010-2011
  • Piet Ost: “Postoperative prostate bed IMRT: dose escalation for an invisible moving targetâ€� Degree: PhD Medical Sciences, Universiteit Gent, Belgium, 2010-2011
  • Nicolas Christian: “Hypoxia directed dose painting in IMRT: a critical appraisalâ€� Degree: PhD Biomedical Sciences, Université Catholique de Louvin (UCL), Belgium, 2010-2011.
  • Expert reviewer, Dutch Cancer Society, Grant application by Prof. dr. ir. F. Verhaegen, “Image-guided and adaptive radiation therapy with 3D ultrasound imaging for prostate cancerâ€�, April, 2010.
  • Expert reviewer, French National Institute of Cancer (INCA), Hospital Clinical Research Programme (PHRC) 2010: “Whole body dosimetry in cohort and prediction of late iatrogenic effects of radiation therapy in children cured of a solid cancer.â€�
  • Expert reviewer, Swiss National Science Foundation, Grant Application by R. Moeckli, Institut Universitaire de Radiophysique Appliquée, “Evaluation of second cancer risk models in radiotherapy for average and high dose levels.â€�, November 2009.
  • S.H. Benedict, evaluation for tenure for promotion to Full Professor, University of Virginia, School of Medicine, June 2009.
  • M. Kakar: “Intelligent and adaptive systems in cancer biomedicineâ€� Degree: PhD Physics, University of Oslo, Norway, 2008-2009.
  • L. Mommaerts: “Het effect van een grid op de scatter- en contrastcomponent in digitale mamografie door middle van Monte Carlo simulatiesâ€� Degree: Master of Applied Sciences and Engineering, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium, 2008-2009.
  • I. Wathion: “Ontwerp en validatie van een Monte Carlo model voor een digitale borsttomosynthese opstellingâ€� Degree: Master of Applied Sciences and Engineering, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium, 2008-2009.
  • M. Dujardin: “Blood flow measurement with dynamic contrast enhanced MRI: kidney and brain tumoursâ€� Degree: PhD Medical Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium, 2008-2009.
  • K. Schombourg: “Dosimétrie in-vivo 3D en Tomothérapieâ€� Degree: PhD Medical Sciences, Université de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland, 2006-2010.
  • E. Wong, Committee member for tenure of Associate Professorship, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Western Ontario, Canada. June 2008.
  • E. Sterpin: “Monte Carlo dose calculations for Tomotherapyâ€� Degree: PhD in Sciences, Université Catholique de Louvin (UCL), Belgium, 2007-2008.
  • P. Forthmann: “John’s equation and penalized likelihood sinogram restoration in computed tomographyâ€� Degree: PhD in Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium, 2007-2008.
  • N. Buls: “Patient and staff dosimetry in diagnostic and interventional radiologyâ€� Degree: PhD Medical Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium, 2007-2008.
  • D. Sarrut: “Imagerie dynamique et simulations Monte-Carlo pour la radiothérapie guidée par l’imageâ€� Degree: Habilitation à diriger des recherches, Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, France, 2007-2008.
  • G. Bosmans: “Intra (4D) and Interfraction CT/PET imaging of lung cancer patientsâ€� Degree: PhD Medical Sciences, Universiteit Maastricht, The Netherlands, 2007-2008.
  • S. Huy, Committee member for position as Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota, USA, June 2007.
  • S. Spiessens: “Dosimetric evaluation of cone beam CT imaging techniques in radiotherapy for head&neck patients with thermoluminescent detectorsâ€� Degree: Gediplomeerde in Gespecialiseerde Studie Medical Radiation Physics, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, 2006-2007.
  • Expert reviewer AICR (ASSOCIAZIONE ITALIANA PER LA RICERCA SUL CANCRO) grant applications 2011: “Validation of real time tumor tracking models with four-dimensional magnetic resonance imagingâ€�
  • Expert reviewer for the ASTRO IGRT White Paper (Assuring Quality and Safety in Image-guided Radiation Therapy) published in the Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys, 2011
  • Expert reviewer for the Institut National du Cancer, Programme hospitalier de recherche Clinique en cancérologie (PHRC Cancer 2012): “Stereotactic radiotherapy for paediatric recurrent intracranial ependymomas after previous radiation therapyâ€�
  • University of Dublin, Trinity College School of Medicine, theses review B.Sc. Radiotherapy: 2011-2012 (16 in total).
  • D. Van Rooijen: “Improving radiation dose delivery for moving targets using image guidanceâ€� Degree: PhD Medical Physics, University of Amsterdam, 2012
  • C.L. Ong: “Volumetric modulated arc therapy for stereotactic body radiotherapy: planning considerations, delivery accuracy and efficiency.â€� Degree: PhD Medical Sciences, VU University Medical Centre Amsterdam, 2012.
  • N. Agazaryan, Committee member for position as Associate Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, (UCLA), USA. June 2006.
  • B. De Smedt: “Development of a Monte Carlo dose engine for IMRT treatment planningâ€� Degree: PhD Medical Sciences, Universiteit Gent, Belgium, 2005-2006
  • W. Duthoy: “Intensity modulated radiation therapy and arc therapy: validation and evolution as applied to tumors of the head and neck, abdominal and pelvic regions.â€� Degree: PhD Medical Sciences, Universiteit Gent, Belgium, 2005-2006.
  • Committee member: Bioscience Yorkshire Enterprise Fellowship, A. Wislon, “Development of spectroscopic phantom gels for cancer therapyâ€�, June 2005.
  • K. Vergote: “Development of polymer gel dosimetry for applications in intensity-modulated radiotherapyâ€� Degree: PhD Medical Sciences, Universiteit Gent, Belgium, 2004-2005.
  • A. Swinnen: “Quality assurance in radiotherapy at the patient level: the potential of film and mailed in vivo thermoluminescence dosimetryâ€� Degree: PhD Medical Physics, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, 2004-2005
  • P.A.A. Kassinda: “The role of magnetic resonance imaging in the radiotherapy of the treatment of prostate cancerâ€� Degree: PhD Medical Physics, University of Hull, UK, 2003-2004
  • Committee member: Dutch Cancer Society, Grant application by Prof. dr. ir. J.J.W. Lagendijk, “ To investigate daily on-line MRI anatomy observation in image guided radiotherapyâ€�, July 2003.
  • F.G. Claus: “Intensity modulated radiation therapy for ethmoid sinus cancerâ€� Degree: PhD Medical Sciences, Universiteit Gent, Belgium, 2001-2002
  • C. Martens: “Experimentele dosimetrie voor de ondersteuning en verificatie van intensiteitsgemoduleerde radiothrapieâ€� Degree: PhD Medical Sciences, Universiteit Gent, Belgium, 2001-2002
  • S. Makkat: “Evolution of ischemic penumbra in acute stroke – a correlative study of early MR imaging findings with evolution of infarctâ€� Degree: Master in Medical and Pharmaceutical Research, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium, 2001-2001.
  • L. Struelens: “Kwaliteitscontrole in de eerstelijns radiology in ontwikkelingslandenâ€� Degree: Gediplomeerde in Gespecialiseerde Studie in de Biomedische en Klinische Ingenieurstechnieken, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium, 1999-2000
  • F. Van den Heuvel, committee member for position as Associate Professor, Wayne State University, Detroit, USA. June 1999
  • P. Droesch: “Etude de methodes de contrôle de la qualité des images de systèmes électroniques d’imagerie portalâ€� Degree: DES en Physique Médicale, Université de Liège, Belgium, 1999-2000
  • Y. De Deene, evaluation for tenure to Associate Professor in the School of Physics at the University of Sydney, May 2012
  • JJ Sonke: Evaluation for tenure to Associate Professor, Nederlands Kanker Instituut (NKI), Amsterdam, 2014
  • University of Dublin, Trinity College School of Medicine, theses review B.Sc. Radiotherapy: 2012-2013 (25 in total)
  • Expert reviewer, JJ Sonke: Evaluation for tenure to Associate Professor, Nederlands Kanker Instituut (NKI), Amsterdam, 2014

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Prizes

  1. The SPINOZA Chair 2009

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  2. BREUR Award Lecture, ESTRO Gold Medal

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