The Nijbakker-Morra Foundation (NMS) was founded in 1974 by Mrs. C.M. Nijbakker-Morra. The aim of the foundation is to promote cancer research. Mr and Mrs Nijbakker decided to devote their entire legacy to cancer research, after their only daughter, Erica Joy Nijbakker, had died of cancer. The foundation is limited in size, which is one of the reasons why it spends virtually all its income on cancer research.

Professorship in Genetic Epidemology of Cancer (LMC)

Since 2004, a special chair in Genetic Epidemology of Cancer has been available at the Leiden University Medical Centre thanks to the efforts and funding of the Nijbakker Morra Foundation. On 25 May 2004, Prof. P. Devilee was appointed as a special professor for this chair. Prof. Dr. P. Devilee’s particular interest is in the relationship between genetic variation and sensitivity to common diseases such as cancer.

The curatorio for this chair is composed of:

  • Prof. Dr. G.J. Colours (LUMC)
  • Prof. Dr. G.B.J. van Ommen (LUMC)
  • Dr. C.J. van Groeningen (VUMC)
  • Dr. E.J.Th. Rutgers (NKI/AVL)

The following documents are available over this special chair:

download: Oratie Devilee
download: Jaarverslag leerstoel 2005 – kort.doc