prof. dr. C.H. (Carla H.) van Gils

Full Professor
prof. dr. C.H. (Carla H.) van Gils
  • Department of Epidemiology
  • Julius Center Research Program Cancer

Research Programs

Strategic Program Cancer



Carla van Gils obtained her degree in Biomedical Health Sciences (1994) and her PhD degree in Epidemiology at Nijmegen University (1998). In 1998 she received a fellowship from the Dutch Cancer Society in with which she worked as a visiting scientist at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Research Triangle Park, NC, USA in 1999 and 2000. From 2001 she works at the Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care. Since 2014 Carla van Gils is the coordinator of the Cancer Research program of the Julius Center, management team member of the Epidemiology department and board member of the UMC Utrecht Cancer Research program. In October 2017 she was appointed Professor in Clinical Epidemiology of Cancer.

Side Activities

    • Board member of the UMC Utrecht Cancer Research Program
    • Member of the Dutch Cancer Society Advisory Board
    • Chair of the Cancer Epidemiology Working Group of the Dutch Cancer Society
    • Member of Population Screening Act (WBO) committee of the Health Council of the Netherlands (Gezondheidsraad)
    • Member of Breast Cancer Working Group European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC)
    • Member of Prospect-EPIC steering committee
    • Member of the Dutch Association for Epidemiology (Vereniging voor Epidemiologie), Registration as Senior Epidemiologist (B) (SMBWO, 2001).
    • Consultant for Bayer Health Care


Fellowship and Awards

    1. 2009: Personal grant Dutch Cancer Society project ‘Early detection and prevention of breast cancer in women with dense breasts’
    2. 2009: Senior teacher of the year, Epidemiology department, Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care, University Medical Center Utrecht
    3. 2007: Elisabeth Steyn Parvé personal development award (University Medical Center Utrecht). Two-year program to train and coach researchers in reaching academic top positions
    4. 1998: Epidemiological fellowship Dutch Cancer Society (1998) for proposal on gene-environment interactions in the etiology of cancer. This program included research projects in the Netherlands (6 months) and USA (1.5 years). Funding for a fellow (Van Gils, C.H.).

Research Output (265)

Sentinel node biopsy in patients with melanoma improves the accuracy of staging when added to clinicopathological features of the primary tumor

El Sharouni M A, Stodell M D, Ahmed T, Suijkerbuijk K P M, Cust A E, Witkamp A J, Sigurdsson V, van Diest P J, Scolyer R A, Thompson J F, van Gils C H, Lo S N mrt 2021, In: Annals of oncology : official journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology. 32 , p. 375-383 9 p.

Anti-Mullerian Hormone Levels and Risk of Cancer in Women

Verdiesen Renée M G, van Gils Carla H, Stellato Rebecca K, Verschuren W M Monique, Broekmans Frank J M, de Kat Annelien C, van der Schouw Yvonne T, Onland-Moret N Charlotte jan 2021, In: Maturitas. 143 , p. 216-222 7 p.

Subtyping Cutaneous Melanoma Matters

El Sharouni Mary-Ann, van Diest Paul Johannes, Witkamp Arjen Joost, Sigurdsson Vigfús, van Gils Carla Henrica dec 2020, In: JNCI cancer spectrum. 4 , p. pkaa097

The Physiological MicroRNA Landscape in Nipple Aspirate Fluid:Differences and Similarities with Breast Tissue, Breast Milk, Plasma and Serum

Patuleia Susana I S, van Gils Carla H, Oneto Cao Angie M, Bakker Marije F, van Diest Paul J, van der Wall Elsken, Moelans Cathy B 2 nov 2020, In: International journal of molecular sciences. 21 , p. 1-17 17 p.

Oncology patients were found to understand and accept the Trials within Cohorts design

Young-Afat Danny A., Gal Roxanne, Gerlich Sophie, Burbach Johannes P.M., van der Velden Joanne M., van den Bongard Desireé H.J.G., Intven Martijn P.W., Kasperts Nicolien, May Anne M., van der Graaf Rieke, van Gils Carla H., Verkooijen Helena M. 31 okt 2020, In: Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. 130 , p. 135-142 8 p.

Blood pressure and risk of cancer in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition

Christakoudi Sofia, Kakourou Artemisia, Markozannes Georgios, Tzoulaki Ioanna, Weiderpass Elisabete, Brennan Paul, Gunter Marc, Dahm Christina C, Overvad Kim, Olsen Anja, Tjønneland Anne, Boutron-Ruault Marie-Christine, Madika Anne-Laure, Severi Gianluca, Katzke Verena, Kühn Tilman, Bergmann Manuela M, Boeing Heiner, Karakatsani Anna, Martimianaki Georgia, Thriskos Paschalis, Masala Giovanna, Sieri Sabina, Panico Salvatore, Tumino Rosario, Ricceri Fulvio, Agudo Antonio, Redondo-Sánchez Daniel, Colorado-Yohar Sandra M, Mokoroa Olatz, Melander Olle, Stocks Tanja, Häggström Christel, Harlid Sophia, Bueno-de-Mesquita Bas, van Gils Carla H, Vermeulen Roel C H, Khaw Kay-Tee, Wareham Nicholas J, Tong Tammy Y N, Freisling Heinz, Johansson Mattias, Lennon Hannah, Aune Dagfinn, Riboli Elio, Trichopoulos Dimitrios, Trichopoulou Antonia, Tsilidis Konstantinos K 15 mei 2020, In: International Journal of Cancer. 146 , p. 2680-2693 14 p.

Anti-Müllerian hormone levels and risk of cancer:A systematic review

Verdiesen Renée M.G., van Gils Carla H., van der Schouw Yvonne T., Onland-Moret N. Charlotte mei 2020, In: Maturitas. 135 , p. 53-67 15 p.

Meerwaarde van MRI-screening bij zeer dicht borstweefsel in het bevolkingsonderzoek borstkanker

de Lange Stéphanie V., Bakker Marije F., Pijnappel Ruud M., Mann Ritse M., Peeters Petra H.M., Monninkhof Evelyn M., Emaus Marleen J., Loo Claudette E., Bisschops Robertus H.C., Lobbes Marc B.I., de Jong Mathijn D.F., Duvivier Katya M., Veltman Jeroen, Karssemeijer Nico, de Koning Harry J., van Diest Paul J., Mali Willem P.T.M., van den Bosch Maurice A.A.J., Veldhuis Wouter B., van Gils Carla H. apr 2020, In: Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde. 164 10 p.

MRI screening in women with dense breasts

Bakker Marije F, de Lange Stéphanie V, van Gils Carla H 26 mrt 2020, In: The New England journal of medicine. 382 , p. 1282-1284 3 p.

Computer-Aided Diagnosis in Multiparametric Magnetic Resonance Imaging Screening of Women With Extremely Dense Breasts to Reduce False-Positive Diagnoses

Verburg Erik, van Gils Carla H, Bakker Marije F, Viergever Max A, Pijnappel Ruud M, Veldhuis Wouter B, Gilhuijs Kenneth G A 6 mrt 2020, In: Investigative Radiology. 55 , p. 438-444 7 p.

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