Imperial College London

Professor Petra H Peeters MD, PhD

Faculty of MedicineSchool of Public Health

Chair in Chronic Disease Epidemiology



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Biographical Sketch

Currently, Petra HM Peeters holds two jobs: she is professor of chronic disease epidemiology at the department Epidemiology and Biostatistics of the School of Public Health at the Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College in London, UK (2007 onwards); and at the University Medical Center Utrecht, the Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care (2010 onwards).

She finished Medical School at Radboud University Nijmegen (the Netherlands, 1984). She obtained a PhD in epidemiology at Nijmegen University (1989, thesis ‘side effects of breast cancer screening’). Subsequently (1989 to 2009) she became associate professor of clinical epidemiology at the Julius Center, University Medical Center Utrecht (UMCU). She is a member of: the EPIC (European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition) Steering Committee (1991 to date), the Dutch Epidemiology Society (1990 to date).She is a senior teacher in several (inter)national courses.

Interests and focus

Her main interest is cancer research. In her PhD thesis she assessed the side-effects of breast cancer screening in the Nijmegen screening project (1984-1989). She is the principal investigator of the Prospect-EPIC study (1990-present), one of the two Dutch cohorts (EPICnl) participating in the large scale European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition. She recruited 17,300 women into the EPIC study and collected detailed dietary and other lifestyle data (1993-1997). Blood samples were collected and stored too. KWF Kankerbestrijding (Dutch Cancer Society), Pink Ribbon, and WCRF (World Cancer Research Fund) financed several projects relating (breast) cancer to genetic polymorphisms, hormones and lifestyle. She is the principal coordinator of the EC funded PANACEA project conducted in 11 countries to study determinants of obesity. She also participates in clinical projects to improve the early detection and treatment of non-palpable breast lesions, and studies effects of physical activity programmes in healthy women and cancer patients.; UMC, Utrecht:



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