Historad, the history task group in the Department of Radiotherapy
Core members of the task group Historad, from left to right
mrs Riet van der Heide, former head radiation therapist; ing Henk
van der Gugten (chair), retired technical specialist radiotherapy;
Dr Bart van Bunningen, retired radiation oncologist; Iain Bruinvis
Ph D, retired medical physicist, former head of clinical physics
Historad is the historical task group of former employees of the
department of radiotherapy in the Netherlands Cancer Institute
(NKI). In 2011 the task group was installed by department head
Marcel Verheij. Historad was asked to investigate the historical
development of radiotherapy in the NKI and to publish the account
of their research. In April 2013, on the occasion of the centennial
of the NKI, the history of the department of radiotherapy was
published on the Historad web-site in the Dutch language. In
January 2014 the English translation has been released.
For the English translation of the Historad website an ad hoc
group was formed. Members of the translation group are Guido
Garavaglia (coordination), Iain Bruinvis, Henk van der Gugten,
Frances Godson, Ben Mijnheer, Maddalena Rossi and Suzanne Kuiper.
Data migration to the English website was done by Eva Bierens and
Henk van der Gugten. Over all coordination and final editing of the
web site is by Henk van der Gugten.
Historad welcomes any comment or supplementary information which
can be used to improve the content of the web site. Images are also
welcome. The focus of Historad is primarily on the historical
developments in the NKI. However this can not be seen separate from
the developments in The Netherlands and in Europe on a wider
You are invited to share your memories and your
understanding of the historical development of radiotherapy with
us. Historad would like to meet colleagues to start a discussion on
the possibility of forming a historical society in radiotherapy.
The Historad contact address can be found under this
Image guided cobalt treatment unit, Netherlands Cancer