BiographyBen Mijnheer got his PhD in 1971 at the University of Amsterdam based on a study concerning neutron measurements. He was appointed on a neutron therapy project in the Netherlands Cancer Institute – Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital in Amsterdam, and after this project finished, he joined this institution as a clinical physicist, where he until now is involved in various research projects and teaching activities. His main research activities are in the field of dosimetry of ionising radiation, the development of new irradiation techniques, and quality assurance of radiotherapy. He was professor Medical Technology in Oncology at Inholland University of Professional Training and the first physics editor of Radiotherapy and Oncology. He is (co-)-author of about 250 articles and chapters in books, received approximately 20 personal research grants, and was supervisor of about 25 PhD theses. He was involved in the organisation of the physics part of many ESTRO scientific meetings and faculty member/course director of several ESTRO teaching courses. He was also involved in numerous other courses dealing with various aspects of radiotherapy for medical physicists, radiation oncologists and radiation therapy technologists, both at the national and international level. He received the ESTRO Breur Gold Medal Award in Edinburgh in 1998 and the ESTRO Emmanuel van der Schueren Award in 2013 in Geneva.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Dosimetry of ionizing radiation, quality assurance of radiation therapy
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