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