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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.


  • 18Oct 2017

    Due to an external malfunction some numbers at the Netherlands Cancer Institute not reachable

    Due to an external malfunction some telephone numbers at the Netherlands Cancer Institute are not reachable. If you want to speak to someone, please call 020-512 9111.

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  • 18Oct 2017

    Netherlands Cancer Institute not reachable due to external malfunction

    Due to an external malfunction are currently not all telephone numbers of Antoni van Leeuwenhoek and the Netherlands Cancer Institute reachable.

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  • 17Oct 2017

    Support for European Cancer Institute

    The European Commission advisory group RISE (Research, Innovation and Science Policy experts) advocates the establishment of a European Cancer Institute to improve cancer treatment. This recommendation was recently published in their policy brief in Molecular Oncology. RISE considers comprehensive cancer centers, such as the Netherlands Cancer Institute, to be crucial to such a collaboration as they connect research with the health care system.

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  • 12Oct 2017

    New group leader wins prestigious Steiner award

    Biophysicist Jacco van Rheenen has won the Jozef Steiner Award, a prestigious scientific award consisting of 1 million Swiss Franc. As per October 1st he works at the Netherlands Cancer Institute, leading his cancer biophysics research group. The award allows him to continue and extend his fascinating research, which involves studying cancer cells by filming them. The award ceremony is held in Bern on October 13th.

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Board of Directors

Overview boards and commissions


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.

Go to the site of the Technology Transfer Office

Scientific Annual Reports (SAR)



Group Leaders51
PhD Students187


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Key Figures Research

Publications in 2014 542
Total impact of publications in 2014 3712
Avarage impact of publications 2014 6.8

Key Figures Research

Number of divisions 15
Number of Reseach groups 51
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