We are excited to announce our first speaker! Rene Medema is the director of research at the Dutch Cancer Institute (NKI). There he also holds a position as group leader. His research group focuses on the cellular response to DNA damage. Their work aims to both identify and characterize determinants of DNA damage sensitivity. The questions they try to answer with their research are for example, Can we identify novel factors that contribute to limiting the toxicity of DNA damage? and Are there differences in cellular sensitivity to a single double strand break? Answering such questions may be of help in finding new agents that can be used to treat cancer.