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Presenter: Mrs. Dr. I. Verdonck-de Leeuw

Irma Verdonck-de Leeuw (1963) graduated as a psychologist, speech pathologist, and linguist. She is professor at the Department of Clinical Psychology of VU University and the Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery of VU University Medical Center (VUmc), in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She is chair of the research program “Quality of life in Cancer” a joint venture of the VUmc Research Institutes Cancer Center Amsterdam (CCA) and EMGO Institute for Health and Care Research. The main aim of her research is to generate knowledge on quality of life issues and psycho-oncology in cancer patients and their relatives and to assess cost-efficacy of supportive cancer care. Cohort studies focus on the impact of cancer on quality of life in relation to a broad perspective of possible moderators and mediators such as sociodemography, coping style, tumour and treatment related aspects, comorbidity, and lifestyle. Several randomised controlled trials are ongoing on cost-effectiveness of supportive care. A special focus is on patient empowerment, self-management and eHealth. Irma Verdonck-de Leeuw supervises 19 PhD students and is (co-) author of more than 120 peer reviewed papers, chapters, reports and professional publications on quality of life, psycho-oncology, and voice, speech, and swallowing function in cancer patients. Currently, she is member of the Executive Committee of the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life Group(EORTC QLG), and Chair of the MASCC Study Group on Cancer Survivorship, Rehabilitation, and Quality of Life. She was board member of the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics (IALP) from 2004-2010. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007 and was treated with surgery, radiation, chemo-, and hormone therapy. She is married and has two (twin) sons (1993).


University:VU University Medical Center
Department/Institute:Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery
Address:De Boelelaan 117, room nr PK2 Z 118
City:1007 MB Amsterdam
Fon:+31 20 4442757
Fax:+31 20 4443688