Head and neck surgery

Background and research focus


The Head and Neck Surgery research group was established by Prof. Emeritus Dr. Hubert Vermeersch.

Research focus

  • Biomarkers in head and neck cancer survival (histopathological research) 

  • Biomarker imaging in head and neck cancer (nuclear based imaging) 

  • Intraoperative section margin evaluation by use of micro-PET imaging 

  • Sentinel nodes in radiotherapy for head and neck cancer 

  • Treatment options in dysphagia and chronic aspiration 

  • Role of dedicated oncology nurses in head and neck cancer patients care 

  • Creation of a head and neck oncology biobank (tissue samples, demographic data, outcome data, blood, saliva


Professors and Guest Professors

Philippe Deron (contact person)

Wouter Huvenne

Peter Tomassen

Postdoctoral researchers

Jens Debacker

PhD candidates

Michaël Henrotte

Mathieu Struys

National and international collaborations

None structural; explorative in Rwanda.

Defended PhDs (last 5 years)

From macroscopy to microscopy : unravelling the heterogeneous uptake of 18F-FDG in malignancies in the head and neck

Jens Debacker (2022)