At the Department of Public Health we are dedicated to improve population health at local, national, and international level through excellent research and education. Our research is characterised as highly multidisciplinary and is focused on the development and use of innovative methods. Collaboration with and direct impact on practice and policy are at the heart of our work.

The screening research group is involved in a large number of projects investigating the effectiveness of screening to prevent cancer or death from cancer. The aim of our work is to quantify the favourable and unfavourable effects of screening for a wide range of diseases to guide public health policy and help individuals make an informed choice about screening participation. Our department has a high reputation in this field, both among national policy makers (Ministry of Health, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM)) as well as internationally (United States National Cancer Institute, European Commission.

Erasmus MC Rotterdam, Nederland
jan 29, 2021
You will be extending and further developing a world-leading computer simulation model for the evaluation of cololorectal cancer screening and use this model to predict benefits, harms and cost-effectiveness of colorectal cancer prevention. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in Europe and other developed countries. Fortunately, early detection or screening has been proven to effectively prevent colorectal cancers and colorectal cancer death. In response, many countries have decide to offer colorectal cancer screening to their population to reduce morbidity and mortality from the disease. However, screening also poses serious harms, such as false-positive test results and overdiagnosis. We therefore have the continuous responsibility to try and improve the benefits of screening and reducing its harms. As part of the Cancer Intervention and Surveillance Modeling Network (CISNET), Erasmus MC collaborates with a group of cancer modelers throughout the...