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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.


  • 08May 2017

    Thesis defense of Alexandra van den Broek: The impact of BRCA1 and BRCA2 germline mutations on breast cancer outcome in young women

    Women with a hereditary mutation in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene have a high risk of developing breast cancer. But what do these mutations mean for the survival of these patients after developing breast cancer?

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  • 04May 2017

    NKI researchers unravel mechanism by which DNA forms loops

    A team of researchers from the Netherlands Cancer Institute has uncovered the basic principles driving an important packing-mechanism: the formation of loops. Their work was published in Cell on May 4th.

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  • 26Apr 2017

    ERC Advanced Grant of 2.4 million Euro for NKI researcher Ton Schumacher

    Netherlands Cancer Institute researcher Ton Schumacher has received an ERC Advanced Grant of 2.4 mln Euro for his research into the sensitivity of human tumors to T cell attack.

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  • 20Apr 2017

    Introducing: our new junior group leaders

    In the past months six new junior group leaders joined our institute. At the recent NKI Research Retreat, they introduced themselves by presenting a short overview of the projects they are working on. A summary.

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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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