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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.


  • 12Feb 2019

    How genes express themselves

    The DNA in our cells contains the information necessary for our body to function. In order to have an effect though, this information needs to be translated into proteins. PhD student Ruiqi Han studied how cells regulate the complex molecular processes that play a role here. He found a direct link between the transcription of DNA into a messenger (mRNA) and the regulation of translations of this message into a functional protein. On Thursday he will defend his thesis. Good Luck Ruiqi!

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  • 12Feb 2019

    Immunologist Daniela Thommen wins Pfizer Science Award

    On 7 February, Daniela Thommen, senior postdoc in the Schumacher lab, has been awarded a Pfizer Forschungspreis for her innovative Nature Medicine paper, published in June 2018, about so-called exhausted T cells which turned out not to be so exhausted after all.

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  • 08Feb 2019

    Grant for boosting immunotherapy

    Can our immune cells be summoned to fight cancer by stimulating them from within their nucleus? Netherlands Cancer Institute researchers Fred van Leeuwen and Heinz Jacobs have received a 675.000 Euro TOP grant to investigate whether this strategy can improve current immunotherapy outcomes.

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  • 29Jan 2019

    Emile Voest, Anastassis Perrakis en Jannie Borst join Oncode

    Three group leaders and their research groups from the Netherlands Cancer Institute join Oncode Institute per 2019. A selection committee of (inter)national experts selected 19 researchers from 160 applicants. With over 800 cancer researchers the Oncode team is now complete.

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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)



Group Leaders51
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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