Young Oncologists Committee member
Second University of Naples
ESMO: Tell us a bit about your medical studies
Erika: I got my medical degree from the Naples Second University in 2000 and speciality in Medical Oncology in 2004. I finished my Ph. D. in Medical Oncology in 2008, also at the Naples Second University.
What is your main area of interest?
As a medical consultant at the Medical Oncology Department of Surgery and Internal Medicine, (Clinical and Experimental) of the Second University of Naples, I spend 3 days of the week in the clinic and the others in the lab doing translational research.My research interest includes the development of new targeted agents against growth factors in preclinical and early clinical studies, mainly in colorectal cancer. In particular defining the possible biological markers of intrinsic or acquired resistance to treatments.
Could you tell us why you chose to become a medical oncologist?
I decide to choose medical oncology as a speciality because it seemed to me as one of the most dynamic branch of medicine .The cure for cancer has not been discovered yet , the contribution of the research is crucial and this is the motivation that drives my work as oncologist.
What does your involvement with ESMO and the Young Oncologists Committee (YOC) mean to you?
I am honoured to be part of ESMO and of YOC in particular, where I found an active and motivated group of young people from different European countries. I wish to continue to give my contribution to the ESMO Young Oncologists Committee, although in few years I will no longer be considered a Young Oncologist according to the age limit. I certainly wish to focus my commitment on other activities developed by ESMO.
What are your plans for your future career?
I look forward to reinforcing my oncology network in Europe. I hope to further improve my academic career and to be more involved in my favourite research fields.
Do you have some good advice you would like to share with your international colleagues?
I suggest to visit ESMO website and YOC corner in particular. I encourage my colleagues to create a network with us by joining our activities such as Journal Club as well as the forthcoming projects of YOC.