Martine Piccart

Martine Piccart has received the Bob Pinedo Cancer Care Award 2018 for her distinguished contributions to research on breast cancer treatment and for her wide-ranging work as an educator and advocate for clinical cancer research.

In 1996, Piccart made an impressive contribution to international collaboration in cancer research by founding the Breast International Group (BIG), whose honorary chairperson is Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium. Uniting more than fifty academic research groups, this unique international network connects top scientists specialising in medical oncology, surgery, radiology, medical imaging, pathology, molecular biology and biostatistics. The international biobank developed through the network contains precisely characterised tumour specimens, providing a basis for countless research projects and opening up new opportunities for cancer research.

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Martine Piccart (born in Brussels in 1953) is regarded as a positive role model for many young female physicians and scientists. In addition to her research work, she was the first and, so far, the only female president of three major professional organisations dedicated to cancer research in Europe, i.e. the European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO), the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) and the European CanCer Organisation (ECCO).

Piccart publishes in leading journals and is a frequently cited author. As an authoritative researcher and inspiring educator, she is in great demand as a speaker at medical conferences. She has received numerous awards for her contributions to cancer research. Piccart is Head of Medicine at the Jules Bordet Institute in Brussels.