Mieke Van Hemelrijck leads the Translational Oncology and Urology Research (TOUR) Team in the School of Cancer & Pharmaceutical Sciences at King's. She became a Reader (Associate Professor) in Cancer Epidemiology in September 2015. She joined the Group in August 2008 from Harvard School of Public Health to study for her PhD on 'Metabolic Syndrome and Prostate Cancer: Biomarkers and Treatment Side-effects', which she completed in November 2010. At Harvard, her Master's thesis focused on bladder cancer and smoking patterns, building on her Master's in Statistical Data-Analysis received from Ghent University in her home country of Belgium in 2006.
Mieke has an interest in clinical epidemiology of urological cancers. Since 2012, she has coordinated the King’s Health Partners' Uro-Oncology Programme, which brings together all researchers and clinicians involved in urological cancer research at KHP. In 2013, she became a Visiting Researcher at the Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, funded by a Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research Fellowship.
Moreover, she was recently awarded a donation of £500,000 to establish a bladder cancer biobank at King’s Health Partners with the aim of advancing knowledge and research in this field. Bladder cancer is a unique, challenging disease. Through a collaboration with the Bladder Cancer Prognosis Programme at the University of Birmingham, she aims to run the new Bladder Cancer Biobank at King’s Health Partners resulting in high-impact translational research. Her prostate cancer research is internationally recognised and she is currently involved in two large international Consortia: PIONEER and ReIMAGINE
Since 2008, Mieke has supervised more than 30 postgraduate and undergraduate students at King's, as well as being first supervisor currently for six PhD students in the TOUR team. Her teaching experience covers the two BSc Modules (Principles of Epidemiology and Sports, Exercise, Health, and Medicine I) hosted by the Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine. She has published more than 10 original articles, of which she is first author on over 40 and last author on over 60.