Dieta Brandsma

Linda Dirven

Leiden, The Netherlands

Linda Dirven works since 2012 as an epidemiologist in the field of Neuro-Oncology, and currently works at the Departments of Neurology and Radiation Oncology of the Leiden University Medical Center in Leiden, The Netherlands. The main focus of her research is on clinical outcome measures in Neuro-oncology, such as health-related quality of life, functioning in daily life, neurocognition, epilepsy, and end-of-life care.

In 2012 she became an active member of the European Organisation for Neuro-Oncology (EANO) and the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) Quality of Life Group. Moreover, since 2016 she is involved in the Response Assessment Neuro Oncology – Patient Reported Outcome (RANO PRO) working group, which aim to develop outcome measures for Neuro-oncology. She is also a member of the EANO palliative care task force, which was established to advance an active palliative care culture within the neuro-oncological community. End 2015, she became a member of the EORTC Brain Tumour Group Quality of Life Committee, of which she became the chair in 2018. Lastly, in 2017 she was selected as participant for the EORTC Early Career Investigator – Leadership Program.

In the past years, she has received several grants and has been an invited speaker on international conferences. She (co-)authored over 60 publications in peer-reviewed journals, and is an Associate Editor of the journal Neuro-Oncology (impact factor 9.384).