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)
  • Board member Gezondheidsfondsen voor Rookvrij (GvRV)
  • Member Sounding Board Oncode-PACT
  • Member of Breast Cancer Working Group European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC)
  • Member of the Dutch Association for Epidemiology (Vereniging voor Epidemiologie), Registration as Senior Epidemiologist (B) (SMBWO, 2001).
  • Consultant Bayer (February 2020 - June 2021)


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 (287)

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

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.

Population-based estimates of overtreatment with adjuvant systemic therapy in early breast cancer patients with data from the Netherlands and the USA

Ragusi M.A.A., van der Velden B.H.M., van Maaren M.C., van der Wall E., van Gils C. H., Pijnappel R. M., Gilhuijs K.G.A., Elias S.G. 2022, In: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment. 193 , p. 161-173 13 p.

Effect of the time interval between melanoma diagnosis and sentinel node biopsy on the size of metastatic tumour deposits in node-positive patients

El Sharouni Mary Ann, Scolyer Richard A., van Gils Carla H., Ch'ng Sydney, Nieweg Omgo E., Pennington Thomas E., Saw Robyn PM, Shannon Kerwin, Spillane Andrew, Stretch Jonathan, Witkamp Arjen J., Sigurdsson Vigfús, Thompson John F., van Diest Paul J., Lo Serigne N. 2022, In: European Journal of Cancer. 167 , p. 133-141 9 p.

Cost-Effectiveness of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Screening for Women With Extremely Dense Breast Tissue

Geuzinge H Amarens, Bakker Marije F, Heijnsdijk Eveline A M, van Ravesteyn Nicolien T, Veldhuis Wouter B, Pijnappel Ruud M, de Lange Stéphanie V, Emaus Marleen J, Mann Ritse M, Monninkhof Evelyn M, de Koekkoek-Doll Petra K, van Gils Carla H, de Koning Harry J, 2 Nov 2021, In: Journal of the National Cancer Institute. 113 , p. 1476-1483 8 p.

Reducing false-positive screening MRI rate in women with extremely dense breasts using prediction models based on data from the DENSE trial

den Dekker Bianca M., Bakker Marije F., de Lange Stéphanie V., Veldhuis Wouter B., van Diest Paul J., Duvivier Katya M., Lobbes Marc B.I., Loo Claudette E., Mann Ritse M., Monninkhof Evelyn M., Veltman Jeroen, Pijnappel Ruud M., van Gils Carla H. Nov 2021, In: Radiology. 301 , p. 283-292 10 p.

Deep Learning for Automated Triaging of 4581 Breast MRI Examinations from the DENSE Trial

Verburg Erik, van Gils Carla H, van der Velden Bas H M, Bakker Marije F, Pijnappel Ruud M, Veldhuis Wouter B, Gilhuijs Kenneth G A 5 Oct 2021, In: Radiology. 302 , p. 29-36 8 p.

Impact of the suspension and restart of the Dutch breast cancer screening program on breast cancer incidence and stage during the COVID-19 pandemic

Eijkelboom Anouk H, de Munck Linda, Lobbes Marc B I, van Gils Carla H, Wesseling Jelle, Westenend Pieter J, Guerrero Paez Cristina, Pijnappel Ruud M, Verkooijen Helena M, Broeders Mireille J M, Siesling Sabine, Oct 2021, In: Preventive Medicine. 151 , p. 1-10 10 p.

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