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Flora van Leeuwen group

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Flora van Leeuwen

Group leader, Head of the division, Professor

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The Cancer Epidemiology group of NKI/AVL focuses on two principal research lines: (1) the assessment of the long‑term risks of second malignancy and cardiovascular disease following treatment of Hodgkin's lymphoma, breast cancer, testicular cancer and childhood malignancy; and (2) the assessment of the roles of and hormone-related and genetic risk factors in the etiology of breast,  ovarian and endometrial cancer. Special interest is in cancer etiology in BRCA1/2 families and the risks after subfertility treatment. Epidemiologic methods are combined with molecular analyses a) to examine gene-environment interactions, and b) to differentiate risk factors for cancer according to specific genetic alterations in the tumor.

Flora E. van Leeuwen graduated from the Wageningen Agricultural University (MSc in Human Nutrition) in 1981 (cum laude). In the same year she became head of the Department of Tumor Documentation, Clinical Trials and Epidemiology of the Netherlands Cancer Institute in Amsterdam, with the specific task to initiate an Epidemiology Research Group in this institute. In 1982-1983 she was awarded a research training fellowship by the International Agency for Research on Cancer and obtained a MSc degree in Epidemiology at the Department of Epidemiology of the School of Public Health of the University of Alabama in Birmingham, USA.
From 1986-2010 she was Head of the Epidemiology Group of the Netherlands Cancer Institute.
From 2010 onwards, she is head of the Division of Psychosocial Research and Epidemiology in the Netherlands Cancer Institute (65 employees).

Since 1998 Flora van Leeuwen holds a Chair in Cancer Epidemiology at The Faculty of Medicine from the University of Amsterdam.

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