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

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. From 2014 - June 2021 Carla van Gils was 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. Since June 2021 she combines her professorship with a position as director of the Dutch Cancer Society

Side Activities

  • Director of Dutch Cancer Society (KWF Kankerbestrijding)
  • Chair of Board Gezondheidsfondsen voor Rookvrij (GvRV)
  • Member Sounding Board Oncode-PACT
  • Member of Breast Cancer Working Group European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC)
  • Consultant Bayer (February 2020 - June 2021, fees paid to UMC Utrecht)


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 (293)

Association of histological features with laryngeal squamous cell carcinoma recurrences:a population-based study of 1502 patients in the Netherlands

Ruiter Lilian N, van Dijk Boukje A C, Bruggink Annette H, Doornaert Patricia A H, Philippens Marielle E P, de Bree Remco, van Gils Carla H, Willems Stefan M Dec 2022, In: BMC Cancer. 22 , p. 1-10

The Impact of the COVID Pandemic on the Incidence of Presentations with Cancer-Related Symptoms in Primary Care

Grant Matthew P, Helsper Charles W, Stellato Rebecca, van Erp Nicole, van Asselt Kristel M, Slottje Pauline, Muris Jean, Brandenbarg Daan, de Wit Niek J, van Gils Carla H 1 Nov 2022, In: Cancers. 14 , p. 1-12

Circulating anti-Müllerian hormone levels and markers of subclinical cardiovascular disease in middle-aged and older men

Verdiesen Renee M. G., Onland-Moret N. Charlotte, van Gils Carla H., van der Schouw Yvonne T. Sep 2022, In: Maturitas. 163 , p. 38-45 8 p.

Elevated miR-29c-5p Expression in Nipple Aspirate Fluid Is Associated with Extremely High Mammographic Breast Density

Vissers Tessa A C M, Piek Leonie, Patuleia Susana I S, Duinmeijer Aafke J, Bakker Marije F, van der Wall Elsken, van Diest Paul J, van Gils Carla H, Moelans Cathy B 5 Aug 2022, In: Cancers. 14 , p. 1-15

Anti-Müllerian Hormone and Cardiometabolic Disease in Women:A Two-Sample Mendelian Randomization Study

Verdiesen Renée M.G., von Berg Joanna, Said M Abdullah, van der Harst Pim, Mahajan Anubha, van Gils Carla H., van der Schouw Yvonne T., Onland-Moret N. Charlotte 25 Jul 2022, In: Reviews in Cardiovascular Medicine. 23

The impact of the COVID pandemic on cancer diagnosis in general practice in The Netherlands

Grant Matthew, van Gils Carla H., van Erp Nicole, van Asselt Kristel M., Brandenbarg Daan, Muris Jean W. M., de Wit NJ, Helsper CW 30 Jun 2022,

The impact of the COVID pandemic on the incidence of cancer-related symptoms in general practice

Grant Matthew, van Gils Carla H., van Erp Nicole, van Asselt Kristel M., Brandenbarg Daan, Muris J.W.M., de Wit NJ, Helsper CW 30 Jun 2022,

Genome-wide association study meta-analysis identifies three novel loci for circulating anti-Müllerian hormone levels in women

Verdiesen Renée M G, van der Schouw Yvonne T, van Gils Carla H, Verschuren W M Monique, Broekmans Frank J M, Borges Maria C, Gonçalves Soares Ana L, Lawlor Deborah A, Eliassen A Heather, Kraft Peter, Sandler Dale P, Harlow Siobán D, Smith Jennifer A, Santoro Nanette, Schoemaker Minouk J, Swerdlow Anthony J, Murray Anna, Ruth Katherine S, Onland-Moret N Charlotte 11 Mar 2022, In: Human Reproduction. 37 , p. 1069-1082 14 p.

Time interval between diagnostic excision-biopsy of a primary melanoma and sentinel node biopsy:effects on the sentinel node positivity rate and survival outcomes

El Sharouni Mary-Ann, Scolyer Richard A, van Gils Carla H, Ch'ng Sydney, Nieweg Omgo E, Pennington Thomas E, Saw Robyn P M, Shannon Kerwin, Spillane Andrew, Stretch Jonathan, Witkamp Arjen J, Sigurdsson Vigfús, Thompson John F, van Diest Paul J, Lo Serigne N 5 Mar 2022, In: European Journal of Cancer. 167 , p. 123-132 10 p.

The progressive relationship between increasing Breslow thickness and decreasing survival is lost in patients with ultra-thick melanomas (≥15mm in thickness)

El Sharouni Mary-Ann, Rawson Robert V, Sigurdsson Vigfús, Witkamp Arjen J, van Gils Carla H, Scolyer Richard A, Thompson John F, van Diest Paul J, Lo Serigne N 1 Feb 2022, In: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. 87 , p. 298-305 8 p.

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