As of July 1, 2023, Veerle Coupé has been appointed professor of ‘Medical decision making in cancer care and prevention’. Prof. Coupé aims to optimize decision-making concerning cancer diagnostics and treatment and to optimize policy around cancer prevention. Her inaugural lecture with the title ‘Models in cancer care and prevention: on idealism, pragmatism and optimism’ is planned for the 8th of March 2024, in the Aula of the VU main building, at 3:45 PM. The lecture is preceded by a symposium titled ‘From modeling to decision making in health
care and prevention’.
The societal importance of optimizing cancer treatment and prevention is large. With an aging population, the number of yearly cancer diagnoses is increasing. Moreover, in the last 20 years, diagnostic and treatment options for cancer have tremendously increased. But these innovations are costly, causing cancer care to become unaffordable. How can we optimally spend the limited healthcare budget in order to achieve maximum health benefits? Prof. Coupé addresses this question using mathematical modeling, with the aim of providing guidance for an efficient and affordable healthcare system.
More information on the symposium, the inaugural lecture and for registration can be found here.