Prof Dr Flora E. van Leeuwen studied Nutrition and Health in Wageningen en subsequently received her PhD in Epidemiology at the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam in 1994. In the 1980s she initiated the Epidemiology group of the Netherlands Cancer Institute; it has since expanded to include 40 employees, and is part of the Division of Psychosocial Research and Epidemiology (75 employees), since 2010 headed by Flora van Leeuwen. Her research group focuses on two principal research lines:
(1) the assessment of the long term risks of second malignancy and cardiovascular disease following treatment of Hodgkin's lymphoma, breast cancer, testicular cancer and childhood malignancy and
(2) the assessment of the roles of and hormone-related and genetic risk factors in the etiology of breast and ovarian cancer; Special interest is in late effects of ovarian stimulation for in Vitro Fertilization and cancer etiology in BRCA1/2 families.
Honors and awards
1994 PhD Thesis Cum Laude
1995 Henny C. Dirven Award for breast cancer research from the State University of Leiden.
1997 Prof. dr. P. Muntendam Award for Cancer Research, Dutch Cancer Society.
2005 Outstanding Alumnus Award, Wageningen University.
2010 Queen Wilhelmina Research Award of the Dutch Cancer Society for the research program: Assessment of late effects of treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma