Partner 4ITLR early detection screening site Ruhrlandklinik, Essen, Germany
Professor Rudolf Kaaks, PhD, obtained a PhD degree in Epidemiology at the University of Wageningen, the Netherlands, in 1994. He started his scientific working as epidemiologist at the “Preventicon” center for breast cancer screening of the University of Utrecht, Netherlands (1987-1988), then, at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) Lyon (1988-2006) where he contributed to the development of the prospective European EPIC cohort. In 2001 he became head of the Hormones and Cancer Group at IARC. In 2006 Rudolf Kaaks was appointed Professor (Chair, Cancer Epidemiology) at the University of Heidelberg and head of the Division of Cancer Epidemiology at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Heidelberg, Germany. From 2009 to 2015 he was member of the Board of Scientific Directors of the German National Cohort (NaKo). From September 2015 to March 2019 he served as coordinator of the Research Program C „Cancer Risk Factors and Prevention“, at the DKFZ. Prof. Kaaks has extensive experience with setting up and conducting large-scale prospective studies, including observational cohorts as well as randomized trials. His current interests focus on risk models for risk stratification, discovery and validation of markers of early cancer detection, and screening.
In 2018, Prof Kaaks took over the coordination of the German LUSI trial – a randomized trial for to evaluate the efficacy of LDCT screening as a means to reduce lung cancer mortality. Further relevant previous projects or activities, similar to the subject of this proposal include, in particular, the German PROBASE trial – a randomized trial for risk-based prostate cancer screening – for which the Division of Cancer Epidemiology provides methodologic support for study design and performs the all central data management. Rudolf Kaaks has also been among the initiating PIs for the set up of the German National Cohort study – a multi-center prospective cohort study of 200,000 women and men in Germany, for epidemiologic research on chronic diseases.
Professor Kaaks published 833 (inter)national publications, with 50,893 citations and an H-index of 108