Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
Fred C.G.J. Sweep (1959) is full professor of Laboratory Medicine and head of the department of Laboratory Medicine and interim head of the department of Medical Microbiology. He is board certified in Clinical Chemistry and Endocrinology by the Netherlands Society for Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine, and registered as a European Clinical Chemist. He studied Medical Biology at the University of Utrecht (1979-1985), where he also obtained his PhD degree (1989) in Pharmacology. He had his training as a clinical chemist at the RUNMC (1991-1995), where he also completed his training in Endocrinology (1998).
Fred Sweep is an active member of many different national and international societies devoted to cancer biomarkers. He is immediate past secretary of the PathoBiology Group of the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) and chairman of the Quality Assurance committee within this group. US. Presently, Sweep is elected president of the SKML. Fred Sweep's department has developed international Quality Assurance programs for steroid hormone receptors and other biomarkers since 1975. Presently, QA programs are running for large multicentre prospective clinical trials on biomarkers in Europe. His current research interests are focused on development of new antibody based assays for biomarkers in oncology. Within the field of Endocrinology Sweep's department has a long-standing expertise in thyroid and steroid hormones within special interest in the hypothalamus-pituitary adrenal/gonadal axis and free hormones. The department of Laboratory Medicine harbours all up-to-date laboratory facilities for Clinical Chemistry, Endocrinology, Haematology, (transplantation)Immunology, Blood transfusion, Paediatrics and Neurology.