Martine Piccart

ESMO President

Function ESMO Executive Board
Term 2012 - 2013
Address Université Libre de Bruxelles


Martine Piccart

Martine J. Piccart, MD, PhD, is Professor of Oncology at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and Director of Medicine at the Jules Bordet Institute, in Brussels, Belgium.  Earning her medical degrees at the ULB and oncology qualifications in New York and London, she is also member of the Belgian Royal Academy of Medicine.

With a primary interest in breast cancer and drug development, Dr. Piccart is a leader in international research collaboration and is the principal or co-principal investigator of many clinical trials, including HERA, MINDACT and ALTTO. She is co-founder and Chair of the Breast International Group (BIG), uniting 49 academic research groups from around the world and running over 30 trials under its umbrella. BIG’s research programmes include the European Commission supported TRANSBIG consortium of 28 institutions in 11 countries (running with the EORTC the MINDACT trial) and NeoBIG, an innovative biomarker and drug development programme focused on neo-adjuvant trials.

Dr. Piccart is active in numerous professional organisations. Since January 2012, she is President of the ESMO. She is immediate Past-President of the EORTC, President-Elect of ECCO and served on the ASCO Board.

(Co) author of more than 390 publications in peer-reviewed journals, she has received numerous prestigious awards for her research contributions including the Jill Rose Award (New York), the William L. McGuire Award (San Antonio) and, recently, the Umberto Veronesi Award for the Future Fight against Cancer (Cancun).