dr. Jens Debacker (MD, PhD)

CRIG member
Jens Debacker

Research Assistant / post-doctoral researcher – Department of Head and Skin (Ghent University)
Clinical Research Physician – Department of Head and Neck Surgery (University Hospital Ghent)
Nuclear Medicine Resident – Department of Nuclear Medicine (University Hospital Brussels)
Principal Investigator: prof. Wouter Huvenne (MD, PhD)


Research focus

Because of its important role in oncological curation, surgical oncology has radically advanced over the last decades with new techniques and technological improvements resulting in better outcome and survival in cancer patients. However, one prominent risk factor remains the complete removal of the solid tumor with acceptable margins.  This has led to the recent development of intra-operative guidance to visualize the tumor margins by use of both fluorescence and radionuclide molecular imaging. 
My research is primarily focused on the clinical use of established radionuclides and the translation of novel fluorescence, radionuclide and hybrid tracers for intraoperative tumor margin assessment and oncological imaging.


Contact & links

  • Lab address: Department of Head and Neck Surgery, UZ Gent, 2P2, Corneel Heymanslaan 10, 9000 Gent
  • Jens Debacker is interested to receive invitations for presentations or talks