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About the NKI

The Netherlands Cancer Institute was established on October 10, 1913. The founders, Rotgans, professor of Surgery, De Bussy, publisher, and De Vries, professor of Pathology, wanted to create a cancer institute 'where patients suffering from malignant growths could be treated adequately and where cancer and related diseases could be studied'. They bought a house on one of the canals in Amsterdam and named it the 'Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Huis', after the famous Dutch microscopist. The clinic had room for 17 patients, while the laboratory could accommodate 8 to 10 scientists.

Nowadays, The Netherlands Cancer Institute accommodates approximately 650 scientists and scientific support personnel. The Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital has 185 medical specialists, 180 beds, an out-patients clinic with around 106,000 visits, 12 operating theaters and 11 irradiotion units for radiotherapy. It is the only dedicated cancer center in The Netherlands and maintains an important role as a national and international center of scientific and clinical expertise, development and training.


  • 16Apr 2019

    Quick test measures DNA-repair

    DNA in human cells breaks continuously. Usually, cells can repair those breaks just fine. Many tumor cells, however, have malfunctioning repair mechanisms. Researcher Eva Brinkman developed a web tool that is now used all over the world by researchers using the popular CRISPR method to edit DNA.

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  • 02Apr 2019

    Chair experimental immunobiology of cancer for Karin de Visser

    Prof. Karin de Visser is appointed an endowed professor of Experimental Immunobiology of Cancer, in particular of the tumour microenvironment, at Leiden University from April 1, 2019.

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  • 28Mar 2019

    2,5 million ERC-grant for gene regulation research

    The European Research Council (ERC) has assigned an advanced grant of 2,5 million Euros to researcher Reuven Agami from the Netherlands Cancer Institute. Over the next 5 years he and his team will investigate small parts of DNA that regulate the activity of genes. They will try to figure out which of those DNA-elements play key roles in cancer.

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  • 21Mar 2019

    Targeting macrophages helps chemotherapy succeed

    In an online publication in Nature Cell Biology, Camilla Salvagno from Karin de Visser's group and other researchers revealed how targeting intratumoral macrophages enhances the efficacy of platinum-based chemotherapy in a preclinical mouse model for breast cancer.

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Board of Directors

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Internal procedures

The NKI has adopted several regulations and procedures which help us organize our research along national and international standards. The most important regulations and procedures can be found here.

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Technology Transfer Office

The NKI has a mission to beat cancer and performs world-beating research to increase our understanding of this disease. The knowledge that is gained in this way sometimes opens avenues for development of e.g. novel treatments or new diagnostic tests. To achieve its mission, NKI actively collaborates with private companies that have the knowledge and the means to develop products based on research results obtained at our institution.

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Scientific Annual Reports (SAR)



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PhD Students187


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Key Figures Research

Publications in 2016 805
Total impact of publications in 2014 3935
Avarage impact of publications 2014 6.8

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Number of divisions 15
Number of Reseach groups 51
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