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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.

News

  • 17Nov 2017

    Unexpected finding solves 40-year old cytoskeleton mystery

    Scientists have been searching for it for decades: the enzyme that cuts the amino acid tyrosine off an important part of the cell's skeleton. Researchers of the Netherlands Cancer Institute have now identified this mystery player, which may be of vital importance to the understanding of cell function and division, and therefore the understanding of cancer. They publish their finding in Science on November 16th.

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  • 13Nov 2017

    Lotte Elshof wins the prestigious Jan Hendriks award for DCIS

    On Wednesday, November 1st, Lotte Elshof was awarded the Jan Hendriks Prize for her research into DCIS.

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  • 10Nov 2017

    Thesis defense Vincent Blomen

    Generating mutations in haploid human cells is a powerful method to uncover new links between genes and phenotypes, and examine genetic interactions in human cells. Vincent Blomen has demonstrated that during his PhD research. He will defend his thesis on November 14th at Utrecht University.

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  • 06Nov 2017

    Thesis defense Heike Peulen

    High-precision radiotherapy can be improved and then used for patients with locally advanced lung cancer, argues Heike Peulen after concluding her PhD research. This form of radiotherapy is currently used as an alternative to surgery in patients with early stage lung tumors. Peulen will defend her thesis on November 8th at VU University.

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Board of Directors

Overview boards and commissions

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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.

Go to the site of the Technology Transfer Office

Scientific Annual Reports (SAR)

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Occupation

Total783
Group Leaders51
Postdocs191
PhD Students187
Technicians208
Other146

Facts

  • Silhoutten

    44

    Nationalities

  • Silhoutten

    542

    Publications

  • Horloge

    783

    Employees

  • Silhoutten

    91M

    Project
    Grants

  • Bed

    51

    Research
    Groups

Key Figures Research

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

Key Figures Research

Number of divisions 15
Number of Reseach groups 51
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