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Flora van Leeuwen group
Flora van Leeuwen
Group leader, Head of the division, Professor
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 start an
Epidemiology 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.
Her research group currently focuses on two principal research
(1) the assessment of the long‑term risks of second malignancy,
cardiovascular disease and other comorbidities following treatment
of Hodgkin's lymphoma, breast cancer, testicular cancer and
childhood malignancy; the development and evaluation of cancer
survivorship care programs.
(2) the assessment of the roles of and hormone-related and
genetic risk factors in the etiology of breast and ovarian cancer;
special interest is in late effects of ovarian stimulation for in
Vitro Fertilization and cancer etiology in BRCA1/2 families.
In 1998 Flora van Leeuwen obtained a Chair in Cancer
Epidemiology at The Faculty of Medicine from the Vrije Universiteit