René Leemans is professor and head of department at Amsterdam UMC and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in the field of Ear, Nose, Throat and Head and Neck Oncology. Over the past decades, he has made a sustainable and internationally recognized contribution to cancer care and research in the field of head and neck oncology. For example, he is the creator and current leader of the impactful European Make Sense Awareness Campaign in the field of head and neck cancer. He is also co-founder and past president of the multi-disciplinary European Head and Neck Society (EHNS).
In March 2025, he will organize the 11th European Conference on Head and Neck Oncology (ECHNO) at the Beurs van Berlage, a prestigious conference in the field of cancer in the head and neck area: Where tradition meets the present and prepares for the future!