Iris Miedema has been selected to receive a grant from The Amsterdam Young Talent Fund. The Amsterdam UMC Young Talent is enabled by The AMC Foundation and VUmc Fonds and wants the very best young talents to have a chance to further develop and improve themselves. The goal is to enable young excellent PhD candidates to do an internship or follow courses at one of the top international research institutes anywhere in the world.
Iris Miedema is a PhD student in the department of medical oncology and focuses on using PET/CT imaging as a biomarker for treatment with immunotherapy. With the grant she plans to go abroad to Portland, Oregon for a 6 month internship in the lab of Ferdinando Pucci from the Oregon Science and Health University. There she will learn how to perform their multiplex immunohistochemistry technique that can process up to 29 different stains on one slide. The analysis pipeline also incorporates quantification of the staining and spatial pattern analysis. Cross-validating these results with the PET/CT imaging data will give unique insights and will help to further develop this tracer for clinical practice. Additionally, returning with this experience to the Cancer Center Amsterdam Iris also hopes to boost our local mIHC capabilities.