Welcome to Eva Kagenaar

Today we’re welcoming Eva Kagenaar, who will be working on the SORT study at ICON. We caught up with Eva to hear more.

Eva Kagenaar

Could you give a brief introduction to yourself and your work?

Hi, my name is Eva Kagenaar. I am from the Netherlands. I joined LSHTM in December 2023 as a research fellow on the SORT project. I received my MSc in Global Health and Development at UCL and continued to work at the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute where I predominantly conducted trend research on inequalities in obesity and smoking prevalence and mortality. After that, I worked in healthcare consultancy where I mostly performed service and health economic evaluations. I am predominantly interested in conducting research on inequalities in chronic non-communicable disease with an applied focus.

What are you most looking forward to during your time with ICON at LSHTM? 

I look forward to working with the ICON team members and hopefully learning more about their expertise in cancer inequality research. In particular, I am excited to contribute to the SORT project and work closely with all team members of the project. The SORT project uses the cancer registration data to examine the inequalities, effectiveness, and cost-effectiveness of radiotherapy and surgery for early stage non-small lung cancer, oesophageal squamous cell cancer, and muscle-invasive bladder cancer. The opportunity to collaborate with experienced researchers and clinicians and apply advanced causal inference approaches to contribute to improving health outcomes is particularly exciting!

Is there something that might surprise people to know about you?

I enjoy sports and am keen to try new ones. Growing up, I competed at the national youth championships for gymnastics but had to stop because of injuries.

Do you have a favourite album, film and/or novel? 

This tends to change depending on what novel or film I have read or seen most recently. My current favourite books include ‘A Little Life’ by Hanya Yanagihara, ‘Educated’ by Tara Westover, and ‘What I Talk About When I talk about running’ by Haruki Murakami.