Daniëlle van der Waal
Daniëlle van der Waal’s research activities are mainly focused on (breast) cancer prevention and screening, in particular individualised or risk-based screening. After obtaining a master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences (major: Epidemiology, Utrecht University) in 2012, she started a PhD project on the role of mammographic density in breast cancer screening at the Radboud university medical center. She finished her PhD thesis in 2015, after which she became coordinator of the Personalised RISk-based Mammascreening (PRISMA) study. This is a large cohort study in which extensive risk factor information is collected among breast cancer screening participants. The aim is to further optimise breast cancer screening programmes, improving the balance between benefits and harms.