Dr Anne Rios Princess Maxima Centre, Netherlands

Anne is a tenured Group Leader of the Dream 3D Lab and Head of the Imaging Centre at the Princess Máxima Centre for Paediatric Oncology in the Netherlands.

Anne spent five years in Australia completing her senior post-doctoral fellowship at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI) in Melbourne. During her time in Australia, Anne won the prize for most creative young scientist at Sydney Uni’s Centenary Institute Medical Innovation Awards.

The motto of her lab is to “visualise the unexpected”. Her lab uses tools like AI and advanced imaging to improve existing immunotherapies for DIPG. Universally fatal, DIPG is the most aggressive of all childhood cancers.

Anne has created one of the world’s first Organoids for DIPG – growing these deadly tumours in 3D. This technology platform can be used to drive DIPG drug discovery.

Anne is also a pioneer of high-resolution whole organ imaging and was the first to image the development of the mammary gland. Her research provided important biological insights for Breast Cancer and was published in the most prestigious biomedical journal, Nature.

Anne was an Expert member for the European Union’s Marie-Curie fellowships, and winner of the L’Oréal-UNESCO Woman in Science Award in 2021. She is the founder of the Art Foundation, The SuperNatural, using immersive art to tell the story of science.

This project aims to use artificial intelligence, genomics, advanced 3D imaging technology, and a novel patient representative DIPG 3D organoid model for experimental testing to improve the overall efficiency of CAR T cell therapy.