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carlijn-van-der-aalstCarlijn Van der Aalst

Wetenschappelijk onderzoeker

Erasmus MC Rotterdam








In my research, I investigate the impact of screening (lung cancer and cardiovascular disease) on lifestyle (especially smoking behavior). I conducted several sub-studies within the NELSON trial; the Dutch-Belgian randomized controlled lung cancer screening trial (n=15,822), to investigates whether lung cancer screening might be a teachable moment for smoking cessation or a “health certificate” that permits continuing/starting smoking. Thereby, I support the development of MISCAN model for lung cancer screening at our department, due to my expertise on smoking behaviour. I am also affiliated with a new large scale population-based screening trial for cardiovascular diseases (ROBINSCA) amongst 39.000 high-risk volunteers. One of the sub studies will be focused on the psychological mechanism of a teachable moment/health certificate effect.

Key publications

  • van der Aalst CM, de Koning HJ, van den Bergh KA, Willemsen MC, van Klaveren RJ. The effectiveness of a computer-tailored smoking cessation intervention for participants in lung cancer screening: a randomised controlled trial. Lung Cancer. 2012 May;76(2):204-10.
  • van der Aalst CM, van Klaveren RJ, van den Bergh KA, Willemsen MC, de Koning HJ. The impact of a lung cancer computed tomography screening result on smoking abstinence. Eur Respir J. 2011 Jun;37(6):1466-73. Erratum in: Eur Respir J. 2011 Aug;38(2):489-90.
  • van der Aalst CM, van Klaveren RJ, de Koning HJ. Does participation to screening unintentionally influence lifestyle behaviour and thus lifestyle-related morbidity? Best Pract Res Clin Gastroenterol. 2010 Aug;24(4):465-78.
  • van der Aalst CM, van den Bergh KA, Willemsen MC, de Koning HJ, van Klaveren RJ. Lung cancer screening and smoking abstinence: 2 year follow-up data from the Dutch-Belgian randomised controlled lung cancer screening trial. Thorax. 2010 Jul;65(7):600-5.
  • Van der Aalst CM, Van Klaveren RJ, Van den Bergh KAM, Groen HJM, Weenink C, Lammers J-WJ, Willemsen MC, De Koning HJ. Smoking behavioural change in male smokers of a randomized controlled lung cancer screening (NELSON) trial: 4-year follow-up.