The Prostate Cancer Research Foundation – Stichting Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek Prostaatkanker (SWOP) – is an initiative of the Department of Urology of the Erasmus MC, the University and Medical Centre of Rotterdam, in The Netherlands. The goal of the Foundation is the financial support of scientific research projects in the field of prostate cancer specifically, and other cancers of the urinary tract in general.
Erasmus MC is one of eight European centres taking part in the world’s largest study of screening for prostate cancer, the European Randomized Study of Screening for Prostate Cancer,(ERSPC). The ERSPC was co-founded by Prof. Dr. F.H. Schröder, now emeritus professor at Erasmus and he is also co-founder of the Foundation. Under his leadership, the ERSPC continues to explore and determine the value of early detection of prostate cancer.
The board of the Foundation consists of:
Prof. dr. F.H. Schröder, urologist
Dr. Monique J. Roobol, Associate Professor, Department of Urology at Erasmus
Prof. dr. C.H. Bangma, head of the urology department at Erasmus
Mrs. M.J.M. Bonnema-Kok
Mr. E.W. Groenveld, notary
Dr. G. Jenster
Mr. A.W. Knol
Mr. Michael L. Wyler
Dr. Ries Kranse
The four inventors of the Prostate Cancer Risk Calculator (US patent number 8,087,576 B2) are: dr. R. Kranse, dr. M.J. Roobol, prof. dr. F.H. Schröder and prof. dr. E.W. Steyerberg.
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