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Dr. med. Rita K. SCHMUTZLER Director, Center of Familial Breast and Ovarian Cancer, University Clinic of Cologne


1978-1984 Medical School University of Bonn
1984 Doctorate from the University of Bonn
Assistant in Clinical Biochemistry, University of Bonn
1984-1985 Fellowship of the German Academic Exchange Service, Reproductive Medicine at the Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA
1985 Foreign Medical Graduate Examination in the Medical Sciences (FMGEMS) USA
1988 Federal Licensing Examination (FLEX) USA
1985-1992 Resident in Ob/Gyn, University Womens Hospital of Bonn
1989 Practical training course in molecular biology at the EMBL, Heidelberg
1989-1991 Fellowship,German Research Community, Molecular Oncology, Mount Sinai Hospital New York
since 1992 Specialist in Ob/Gyn
1994-1997 Habilitation fellowship of the DFG at the University of Bonn
since 1997 Head of the Centre for Familial Breast and Ovarian Cancer at the Universities Cologne/Bonn supported by German Cancer Aid
1998-2003 Assistant professor at the Dept. Ob/Gyn (C2), University Womens Hospital Bonn
1997 Postdoctoral lecturing qualification (Habilitation), University of Bonn
since 2003 Full professor at the Dept. Ob/Gyn (C3), Div. Molecular Gyneco-Oncology, University of Cologne
since 2012 Director of the Center for Familial Breast and Ovarian Cancer


since 2011 Head of the working group on hereditary tumors (Arbeitsgemeinschaft erbliche Tumorerkrankungen, AET) of the German Cancer Society
since 2012 Member of the ethics committee of the National Cohort supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF)
since 2012 Member of the ethics committee of the Biobank of the RWTH Aachen supported by the BMBF
since 2012 Founding member of the Adolphe-Monkiedje-foundation for the promotion of students at the University of Yaounde, Cameroun
since 2015 Member of the scientific advisory board of the Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWIG)
seit 2008 Fachkollegiatin der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft
seit 2009 Mitglied der Gendiagnostik-Kommission am Robert-Koch-Institut Berlin
seit 2009 Mitglied des Expertengremiums zum Nationalen Krebsplans
seit 2010 Mitglied der Zentralen Ethikkommission bei der Bundesärztekammer
seit 2010 Vorstandsmitglied der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Gynäkologie und Geburtshilfe


Genome-wide association analysis identifies three new breast cancer susceptibility loci. Ghoussaini M, Schmutzler RK, Easton DF. Nat Genet. 2012 Jan 22;44(3):312-8. doi: 10.1038/ng.1049.
Genome-wide association studies identify four ER negative-specific breast cancer risk loci. Garcia-Closas M, Schmutzler RK, Kraft P. Nat Genet. 2013 Apr;45(4):392-8, 398e1-2. doi: 10.1038/ng.2561.
Large-scale genotyping identifies 41 new loci associated with breast cancer risk. Michailidou K, Schmutzler RK, Easton DF. Nat Genet. 2013 Apr;45(4):353-61, 361e1-2. doi: 10.1038/ng.2563.
Kuchenbaecker KB Schmutzler RK, Chenevix-Trench G; Consortium of Investigators of Modifiers of BRCA1 and BRCA2. Identification of six new susceptibility loci for invasive epithelial ovarian cancer. Nat Genet. 2015 Feb;47(2):164-71. doi: 10.1038/ng.3185.
Michailidou K, Schmutzler RK, Easton DF. Genome-wide association analysis of more than 120,000 individuals identifies 15 new susceptibility loci for breast cancer. Nat Genet. 2015 Apr;47(4):373-80. doi: 10.1038/ng.3242.


1999 Ingrid-zu-Solms Award of the Deutscher Ärztinnenbund, DÄB
1991 Research Award of the German Society of Gynecology and Obstetrics (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Gynäkologie und Geburtshilfe, DGGG)
1991 Research Award of the Niederrheinisch-Westf. Gesellschaft für Gynäkolgie und Geburtshilfe
1998 Walter-Hohlweg Award of the DGGG
1999 Ingrid-zu-Solms Award of the Deutscher Ärztinnenbund, DÄB
2010 Gunther-Bastert- Innovation Award of the DGGG