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NCT West: Cologne / Essen

The West German Tumor Center (WTZ) in Essen and the Center for Integrated Oncology (CIO) in Cologne cooperate in the National Center for Tumor Diseases West. The two centers of excellence in oncology at the university hospitals in Essen and Cologne link all six university hospitals in North Rhine-Westphalia via the 'Excellence Network Cancer Medicine NRW'. This ensures that the more than 18 million people living in Germany's most populous state have direct access to research into the latest diagnostic and treatment procedures at the NCT.

Supporting Institutions

The NCT West is supported by the University Hospitals of Essen and Cologne, the Universities of Duisburg-Essen and Cologne and the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ).


The qualification of the university hospitals in Essen and Cologne for the expanded NCT is based on decades of preparatory work. In addition, the Ministry of Culture and Science NRW (MKW) supported the joint focus on 'translational data sciences' and 'computational cancer biology' through targeted project funding. Further information can be found on the homepage of the CCCE NRW.

Main research areas NCT West

Essen and Cologne are internationally leading locations for cancer medicine and home to large national study groups. The NCT West focuses on clinical trial and research structures for precision diagnostics, local and systemic therapies, translational data science and computational cancer biology, which are closely linked to innovative, multidimensional characterization of the tumor, the host and their treatment responses. Prioritized disease programs at NCT West include lung cancer, lymphomas and leukemias, tumors of the digestive tract, prostate, familial breast and ovarian cancer and skin cancer. Rare diseases such as eye tumors, sarcomas and childhood cancers are also targeted at the NCT West.

 

Managing Directorate of the NCT West

Prof. Dr. med. Michael Hallek

Spokesperson of the NCT Steering Committee and NCT West
Managing Director NCT West

Director of the Clinic I for Internal Medicine and Center for Integrated Oncology (CIO) Cologne at the University Hospital Cologne

Prof. Dr. med. Martin Schuler

Spokesperson for the NCT West Steering Committee
Managing Director NCT West

Director of the Internal Clinic (Tumor Research) and Deputy Director of the West German Tumor Center Essen, University Medicine Essen

Prof. Dr. med. Christiane Bruns

Managing Director NCT West

Director of the Clinic and Polyclinic for General, Visceral, Tumor and Transplant Surgery, University Hospital Cologne

Prof. Dr. med. Uta Dirksen

Managing Director NCT West

Senior Physician, Deputy Director Clinic for Pediatrics III, University Medicine Essen

Prof. Dr. med. Dirk Schadendorf

Managing Director NCT West

Director of the Department of Dermatology, University Medicine Essen, and of the West German Tumor Center Essen, University Medicine Essen

Prof. Dr. med. Jürgen Wolf

Managing Director NCT West

Medical Director of the Center for Integrated Oncology (CIO) Cologne at the University Hospital Cologne

Dr. rer. nat Natalie Diermann

Member of the Managing Directorate of the NCT West

Head of Administration NCT West

Dr. rer. nat. Alexandra da Palma Guerreiro
Scientific coordination NCT West

Cancer Research Center Cologne Essen 
Nationales Centrum für Tumorerkrankungen (NCT) West

Centrum für Integrierte Onkologie (CIO) Köln
Universitätsklinikum Köln (AÖR)
Kerpener Str. 62 | 50937 Köln

+49 221 478 84557
a.guerreiro-at-nct-west.de

Dr. rer. nat. Rhoda Wismer
Patient coordination NCT West

Centrum für Integrierte Onkologie (CIO) Köln
Universitätsklinikum Köln (AÖR)
Kerpener Str. 62 | 50397 Köln

+49 221 478 84814
rhoda.wismer-at-nct-west.de

Dr. rer. nat. Paul Rodermund
Scientific coordination NCT West

Cancer Research Center Cologne Essen 
Nationales Centrum für Tumorerkrankungen (NCT) West

Innere Klinik (Tumorforschung)
Universitätsklinikum Essen (AÖR)
WTZ-Stationenhaus, EG, R 0.020
Hufelandstraße 55 | 45147 Essen

+49 201 723 82036
paul.rodermund-at-nct-west.de

Dr. rer. nat. Maria Josten
Patient coordination NCT West

Universitätsklinikum Essen (AÖR)
SHH I, 5. OG
Hufelandstraße 55 | 45147 Essen

+49 201 723 83781
maria.josten-at-nct-west.de

 

Dr. med. Sebastian Michels
Center for Integrated Oncology (CIO) Cologne
University Hospital Cologne (AöR)
Kerpener Str. 62 | 50937 Cologne

sebastian.michels-at-uk-koeln.de 

Dr. med. Isabel Virchow, M.Sc.
West German Tumor Center (WTZ)
Essen University Hospital (AöR)
Hufelandstraße 55 | 45147 Essen

isabel.virchow-at-uk-essen.de

Janine Scholz 
West German Tumor Center (WTZ)
Essen University Hospital (AöR)
Hufelandstraße 55 | 45147 Essen

+49 201 723 6543
Janine.scholz-at-uk-essen.de   

Sabine Treppner
Center for Integrated Oncology (CIO) Cologne
University Hospital Cologne (AöR)
Kerpener Str. 62 | 50937 Köln 

+49 221 47884557  
sabine.treppner-at-uk-koeln.de