At a recent invitation-only NETRF event which convened researchers from around the world, we were pleased to name Hans Clevers, MD, PhD as the inaugural Lauren T. Erb Lecturer. This Lecture was established to honor NETRF’s former Director of Research Lauren Erb for her decade of dedicated service to NETRF. “I am very honored by the lecture and that Hans Clevers was named as the first lecturer,” said Lauren Erb. “The bar has been set very high and I look forward to attending future lectures.”
Dr. Clevers is a professor of molecular genetics at the University Utrecht in The Netherlands. He was the former president of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts & Sciences as well as the former director of the Hubrecht Institute. Dr. Clevers is known as a leading stem cell researcher and for being the first person to identify intestinal stem cells. Dr. Clevers was chosen as the recipient of the Lauren T. Erb Lecture for his work on organoids and their potential in cancer therapy development.