Radiation oncology of lung cancer in the 21st century : a view from building x
Inaugural lecture delivered on 05 September 2013
Branislav Jeremic obtained his medical degree at the University of Belgrade, Serbia. He followed this with a radiation oncology residency – finishing it in 1987 at the age of 29 – after which he obtained his PhD degree in neurooncology at the University of Kragujevac, Serbia in 1992. Having expressed an early interest in pursuing an academic career, he occupied various posts leading to the post of full Professor at the University of Kragujevac, Serbia. He embarked on clinical research in lung, head and neck, and brain tumours, mostly investigating optimisation of concurrent radiation therapy and chemotherapy in locally advanced disease. He designed and executed more than 30 clinical trials in this setting, which resulted in more than 190 peer reviewed papers in major oncological journals worldwide. He frequently visits various leading institutions around the world and is frequently invited as Visiting Professor (Harvard, Mayo Clinic) and lecturer worldwide. For his intriguing ideas he was granted prestigious fellowships and awards, such as those from the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, including the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Prize. As staff radiation oncologist of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) he shared with other staff and the director of the IAEA the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005 and was responsible for organising the resulting continental (African) event in Cape Town in 2006. Since December 2012, he occupies the position of Professor and Head of the Division of Radiation Oncology at the Stellenbosch University. He is married to Aleksandra, an electronic engineer, with whom he has one daughter, Marta, herself a freshman student of medicine. His extra-curricular activities include dedication to travel, wine, art and jazz, with emphasis on John Coltrane and late harvest sweet wine.