OOA is a joint graduate school of the Amsterdam UMC Cancer Center Amsterdam and Netherlands Cancer Institute, VU and UvA dedicated to the training of more than 1000 PhD students working in the field of Oncology.

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Strong integration of basic, translational and clinical oncology research
OOA, accredited most recently by NWO, VSNU and KNAW for the period 2016 – 2023, provides an educational programme for PhD students in the Amsterdam region. The main part of our educational program consists of a series of courses that cover specific topics in oncology and an annual retreat. The strength of OOA comes from integration of basic, translational and clinical research of the OOA institutes. The future perspectives of the graduated OOA PhD students are excellent.

This website gives you an overview of our education programme and a brief description of ongoing research. Please contact us for more detailed information.

OOA PhD day 2023!!

On Thursday June 22nd ,  Over 100 PhD candidates from Amsterdam with a primary focus on oncology research attended the PhD day. This day was organized by the OOA PhD council. We kicked off the PhD day with an interactive keynote workshop by Artesc, where the  attendees learned about the “The art of presenting science”. After this enthusiastic workshop, the candidates could choose from a variety of interesting workshops, focusing on skills  such as presenting and intercultural communication, data visualization and graphical design,  and leadership. The scientific program ended on a high note with a keynote presentation by science integrity consultant Elizabeth Bik. She took the audience on an interesting journey through examples of visually manipulated data and discussed various aspects of science integrity and research misconduct. All PhD students then got a chance to further get to know each other and network while mingling during the closing drinks. The OOA PhD council was proud to present this fun, positive, and informative event. We look forward to seeing you at additional successful OOA events!