Dr Mireille Broeders

Dr Mireille Broeders is a senior epidemiologist at the Department for Health Evidence, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Her research focuses on establishing the impact of cancer screening programmes, in particular screening for breast cancer. In 2004, she completed her thesis on the long-term evaluation of the Nijmegen demonstration programme for breast cancer screening. Dr Broeders has a special interest in observational research designs that can be used in this field of research.

As a long-standing member of the National Evaluation Team for Breast Cancer Screening, she is also involved with the evaluation of the long-term benefits and harms of the Dutch nation-wide breast screening programme. Dr Broeders further works as scientific coordinator at the National Expert and Training Centre for Breast Cancer Screening in Nijmegen. This has broadened her research interests to include the implementation and evaluation of technological developments in the breast screening programme, such as the impact of the transition to digital mammography, the effects of image processing and pain experience during breast compression. All research projects at the Centre aim at the safeguard and constant improvement of the quality of the breast cancer screening programme.

At a European level, Dr Broeders contributes, as editor and author, to the European Guidelines for Quality Assurance for Breast Screening and Diagnosis. She is also a member of the EUREF certification team (www.euref.org).

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