We are delighted to confirm Hans Clevers and Ton Schumacher, both recipients of the prestigious Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C) Dream Team Award, as our keynote speakers for the ISCGT Annual Meeting over September 25th-27th, 2014.
Hans Clevers, MD, PhD
Hans Clevers obtained his MD degree in 1984 and his PhD degree in 1985 from the University Utrecht, the Netherlands. His postdoctoral work (1986-1989) was done with Cox Terhorst at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute of the Harvard University, Boston, USA.
From 1991-2002 Hans Clevers was Professor in Immunology at the University Utrecht and, since 2002, Professor in Molecular Genetics. From 2002-2012 he was director of the Hubrecht Institute in Utrecht . Since 2012 he is President of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).
Hans Clevers has been a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences since 2000 and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 2012. He is the recipient of several awards, including the Dutch Spinoza Award in 2001, the Swiss Louis Jeantet Prize in 2004, the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Katharine Berkan Judd Award in 2005, the Israeli Rabbi Shai Shacknai Memorial Prize in 2006, the Dutch Josephine Nefkens Prize for Cancer Research and the German Meyenburg Cancer Research Award in 2008, the Dutch Cancer Society Award in 2009, the United European Gastroenterology Federation (UEGF) Research Prize in 2010, the German Ernst Jung-Preis für Medizin in 2011, the French Association pour la Recherche sur le Cancer (ARC) Léopold Griffuel Prize and the Heineken Prize in 2012 and the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences in 2013. He obtained an ERC Advanced Investigator grant in 2008. He is Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur since 2005 and Knight in the Order of the Netherlands Lion since 2012.
Ton Schumacher, PhD
Ton Schumacher received his M.Sc.
degree in 1988 from the University of
Amsterdam and his PhD degree in 1992
from the Free University of Amsterdam.
His postdoctoral work was completed
at the Center for Cancer Research, MIT,
Cambridge, USA (1992-1994), and The
Whitehead Institute for Biomedical
Research, MIT, Cambridge, USA (1994-
From 1996-2001 Ton Schumacher was an
Assistant Member in the Department of
Immunology at The Netherlands Cancer
Institute in Amsterdam and became an Associate Member in 2001-2002. From 2002 to present he has been a Full Member in the Department of Immunology at The Netherlands Cancer Institute in Amsterdam, Professor of Immunotechnology at
Leiden University Medical Center. Since 2012 he is Deputy Director of The Netherlands Cancer Institute.
Ton Schumacher was the recipient of the Koningin Wilhelmina Onderzoeksprijs (KWO prize) in 2014. The KWO prize is the largest grant for cancer research that is given in The
Netherlands, and is awarded once a year by the Dutch Cancer Society. He is also the recipient of several awards, including the San alvatore Award in 2014, Cancer Research Institute Council in 2013, SU2C Immunotherapy Dream Team Member in 2012, ERC AdG recipient in 2011, EMBO Member and Amsterdam Inventor Award in 2010. From 1994-1996, he was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellow at The Life Sciences Research Foundation.
In addition, Dr. Schumacher founded Impact Biotechnology in 2003 and Amsterdam Biotherapeutics Unit in 2006.
Ambassador Timothy Broas
Timothy Broas was nominated by President Barack Obama to be the U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands on January 6, 2014. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 13, 2014. Ambassador Broas presented his credentials to His Majesty King Willem-Alexander on March 19, 2014, and has officially taken up his duties as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Mr. Broas was a partner in the litigation department of the Washington, DC office of Winston & Strawn, LLP. He was named in the 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 editions of Best Lawyers in America.
In 2010, President Obama appointed Mr. Broas to the Board of Trustees of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The Wilson Center, created by Congress in 1968, is a nonpartisan institute for advanced study and a neutral forum for open, serious, and informed dialogue among preeminent thinkers and policymakers.
Mr. Broas was named to the Board of Trustees of Partners in Health in 2012. He was appointed by Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley to the Board of Trustees of St. Mary’s College of Maryland in 2011 and was selected as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America in 2010. In 2005, Mr. Broas was appointed to the Board of Visitors of Mount Vernon by Virginia Governor Mark Warner and was reappointed in 2009 by Governor Tim Kaine.
A native of Maryland, Mr. Broas received an A.B., magna cum laude, in Economics and History from Boston College in 1976 and a J.D. from the College of William and Mary in 1979.
Mr. Broas is married with three grown daughters.
Tracy Metz, a native of California, is a journalist and author based in the Netherlands. She is the director of the John Adams Institute, an independent foundation that brings the best and brightest of American culture to the Netherlands. She writes about urban issues for the quality national newspaper NRC Handelsblad and the weekly magazine De Groene Amsterdammer. Metz has a monthly live talkshow called Stadsleven (‘City Life’) and a monthly column on the respected television program Buitenhof. She is also an international correspondent for the American magazine Architectural Record and a visiting fellow at Harvard, subsequent to her Loeb Fellowship (‘06- ‘ 07) at the Graduate School of Design there. She is the author of a number of books, most recently Sweet&Salt: Water and the Dutch, about the ‘extreme makeover’ of the Dutch landscape to accommodate a new, more natural relationship to water in times of climate change.