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The Centre is an initiative of the Erasmus Medical Center and the Leiden University Medical Center



Symposia & Meetings:

Each year the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association Europe Chapter holds its Annual Leadership Summit, hosting a few hundred leaders from across the healthcare sector, who gather to build business connections for a sustainable leadership advantage, learn from global thought leaders to broaden perspectives and to expand their business acumen. This year’s conference theme is: “The future is already here: opportunities and challenges for the next five years: exponential technologies, leadership and the complete digital transformation of our society and businesses.”

The Summit will take place on 26-27 October 2016 at Astellas Pharma in Leiden, Netherlands. Keynote speakers: astronaut Dr. Andre Kuipers and futurist, visionary and author Gerd Leonhard. Please find the Agenda.

For questions regarding registration please contact Ms.Xuan Shao at

Radboud Nijmegen organizes "New Frontiers in cancer research", November 24-25, 2016. Sessions will focus on the future of cancer imaging, on cancer immunology, on ‘treating the mutation, the cancer or the patient’, on prevention and patient participation and on durability of the healthcare system. Each session of the program will be of interest to both molecular life scientists and health scientists as well as to clinicians with a focus on patient care instead of research. See Flyer Radboud New Frontiers 2016 (3).pdf

3Gb-TEST Course;  Next-generation sequencing in a diagnostic setting. The 3Gb-Test Consortium invite you to participate in the NGS 2016 course in Lisbon, Portugal.

It is a 4-day course from 24th till 27th of October 2016 with focus on clinical diagnostics using exome/genome sequences, variant identification and analysis including afternoon practical sessions. See 3Gb flyer and 3Gb program.

To simplify the search for an interesting meeting: .

This website gives an overview of conferences organized in all aspects of biology. It is open source so everybody can not only find but also add their meeting. It’s launched in April, 2012 and already contains over 400 conferences, a number that’s increasing every day.

All the added meetings are categorized so you can search both by keyword and category.

PCDI - Postdoc Career Development Initiative - is an organisation that aims at improving awareness of career planning and opportunities among postdocs, PhD students and their employers. We bring together scientists, universities and key players in the life science industry.


Publieksmiddag ´Wijzer over DNA: een genenpaspoort voor iedereen´

Locatie: 'de Oranjerie' in de Hortus Botanicus, Leiden

Datum: zondagmiddag 6 november, 2016

Voorlopig programma

Inschrijving: vanwege het beperkt aantal stoelen gaarne een email naar

Er zijn geen kosten aan deze middag verbonden

MGC Course Programme

You can enrol now for the following courses:

Erasmus Optical Imaging Centre- OIC organizes the course

 "Live Cell and Super Resolution Imaging"

October 24 - 28, 2016, Erasmus MC

this is a combined course of the Medical Genetics Center South-West Netherlands (MGC) and the Erasmus Optical Imaging Centre

Registration is closed (next edition will be in October 2017)

 This five day course consists of lecture sessions in the morning and practical sessions in the afternoon. On Monday and Thursday there will also be evening sessions with a dinner. In the final session on Friday afternoon participants will present and discuss the results of their practical work. The practical sessions can be attended by a maximum of 24 participants (6 groups of 4 participants). When registering for the course you are expected to follow the complete (one week) course.

Topics: Time lapse, FRAP, FRET, super resolution, single molecule localization, PALM, STORM, GSDIM, Hyvolution, Airy scan, Rescan, Fluorescent proteins, quantitative data analysis.

More information and registration can be found on the OIC website


The course is free of charge for personnel from MGC, MolMed and ONWAR. Participants from outside these organisations pay €200 euro for this course. The lecture sessions can be attended for free.

Course 'From Molecular Pathogenesis to Targeted Therapy’

November 1 - 4, 2016, LUMC

Provisional program 2016

Registration: please, send an email to

The course gives an overview on how cells communicate with each other, how (molecular) signals (such as activated hormones, cytokines, growth factors) are transduced between cells and into cells, how these processes regulate cellular functions, how misregulated signal transduction events lead to diseases, and how insights in these processes can be translated into targeted therapies providing personalized and more effective treatments for patients with less side effects.

The course is free of charge for personnel from MGC departments. Participants from outside these organisations pay €250 euro for this course. We only have facilities to accommodate 16 participants next to the 14 FOS students. Should the course be oversubscribed, then places will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.

Workshop  ’Share your (biotechnology) research with a broad audience’

November 15 and November 29, 2016 (two afternoons only), LUMC


A training course on 'how to share your biotechnology research with a broad audience, like patients, clients, journalists or investors'. How do you go about this? What should you tell and how to make sure that the reader doesn’t lose quickly interest after the first sentences. 

In the workshop Marianne Heselmans and Astrid Smit – two experienced science journalists - provides you with tools to do this. They will teach you to understand the reader, to discover your own appealing story, to write this down in a clear way. The workshops are practical. You get started quickly, after a theoretical introduction. Smit and Heselmans prefer to work with your own texts. These may be blogs, websites, articles for specialist journals,  posters, press releases or presentations. You work on an assignment already before and also between the two workshop sessions.

Please, send an email to if you are interested to enroll in this workshop. Minimum number of participants is 5, maximum number of participants is 16.  For participants of one of the MGC departments this workshop is free of costs. Participants from outside these institutes pay 150 euro.

For more information go to



Course 'Veilig werken in Laboratoria'

21 December, 2016 in room V4-18/22, LUMC, Building 3

PhD students from the LUMC can register via 'Bedrijfsopleidingen'

PhD students from Erasmus MC can register via een email naar

Onderzoekers staan niet graag stil bij de risico’s die worden veroorzaakt door eigen werkzaamheden in het laboratorium. Deze werk gebonden risico’s worden gerelativeerd door allerlei argumenten: het zal wel meevallen, voor mij deden zij het op dezelfde manier, wij willen dezelfde techniek hanteren als de onderzoeksgroep waar wij mee samenwerken. Soms zijn deze argumenten terecht, maar het kan geen kwaad om eens kritisch te kijken naar de risico’s ervan. En daarbij gaat het niet alleen om brand of explosies. Steeds meer wetenschappelijk onderzoek toont aan dat op de lange termijn er wel degelijk schadelijke effecten zijn waar te nemen van blootstellingen die in het verleden hebben plaatsgevonden.
Deze eendaagse cursus geeft handvaten om zelf deze risico’s objectief in te schatten en met die kennis passende maatregelen te nemen volgens de arbeidshygiënische strategie. Enerzijds een opfrisser, maar anderzijds wordt het voor de cursist ook duidelijk welke technische en organisatorische maatregelen er binnen het LUMC zijn genomen om verantwoord onderzoek te doen. Waar moet een laboratorium aan voldoen? Waar kan ik veiligheidsinformatie vinden? Welke regels zijn van toepassing en waarom? Allemaal zaken die binnen het LUMC geregeld zijn, maar misschien nog niet helemaal duidelijk.

Laboratoriummedewerkers en Ondezoekers in Opleiding

De cursus start met risicoperceptie: welke factoren motiveren tot het nemen van risico’s? Daarna een goede aanpak van risico’s: als we de oorzaak niet kunnen wegnemen, wat is dan de volgende stap? Vervolgens wordt er dieper ingegaan op verschillende onderwerpen: gevaarlijke stoffen, biologische agentia, radioactieve stoffen en het milieu. De dag wordt afgesloten met een voorbeeldcasus.

This course is mandatory for all PhD students working within the MGC. This edition of the course will be in Dutch, the English version is expected to be given in spring 2017. Course is free of costs for MGC members.



Courses organized by Research School OOA (Oncology Graduate School Amsterdam)

Please check the website ( for more information and registration.

Courses organized by Research School CTO (Clinical and Translational Oncology)

25th November 2016: "Research in the Princess Máxima Center for Pediatric Oncology"

The morning Program will take place at the Pink Lecture Hall in the UMCU and is for everyone to attend (no registration required). The program in the afternoon (including lunch prior to the program) will take place at the Vredenburg/Neudezaal in the UMCU.

Please note that you have to register for the program in the afternoon, with limited places available! You can use the following link:

Courses organized by MolMed


Course and Workshop Basic and Translational Endocrinology

24-28 October 2016

The aim of this course and workshop is to offer a comprehensive, interactive introduction to the field of basic and translational Endocrinology, including the paediatric aspects. Its target audience are PhD students working in this field, who like to gain in-depth knowledge, but also MDs and others wo are interested, are welcome to register.

For more information and registration:


Course Biomedical Research Techniques XV (see 2 attachments) – new

31 Oct. – 4 November 2016

This course is issued the 15th time after the big success of the previous ones and is also part of the Research MSc Infection & Immunity. The program covers:

Day 1: primers and probes, sequencing, SNP-analysis, methylation

Day 2: RNA, RNA expression arrays, RT PCR, siRNA, data mining

Day 3: proteomes, mass spectrometry; (afternoon) site visit core facilities labs genomics;

Day 4: (morning) Flow cytometry, ELISA & Cytotoxicity; (afternoon) site visits proteomics labs

Day 5: (morning) microscopy: quantitative confocal microscopy, image analysis, FRET, FRAP & computer modeling; (afternoon) Applied Molecular Imaging: MRI, CT, Nuclear, Optical in vivo
Site visits: planned on Wednesday morning & afternoon and Thursday morning. Please register during the course for the site visits: there are limited places available (max. 10/group).

More information and registration:


SNP Course XIII: SNPs and Human Diseases (see attached program) – new

14 – 18 November, 2016

The analysis of DNA variations, including Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs), is a standard research approach to understand causes of disease, in particular the so-called “complex” diseases such as diabetes, osteoporosis, cancer, Alzheimer disease, etc. The field is changing fast with large scale projects (Human genome, dbSNP, HapMap, 1000genomes, ENCODE) and novel technology being continuously introduced, including Next Generation Sequencing. The aim of this course is to give a broad introduction in SNP techniques and applications.

For more information and registration: 


Workshop Indesign CS6 for Phd-students and other researchers – new

7 December, 2016

Hands-on workshop on the Adobe program Indesign CS6. This program employs Photoshop and Illustrator and can be used to make high quality posters and even books. The Adobe programs are also freely available at the Erasmus MC on all SOM-pc‘s. These can also be purchased at a very low price via
For more information and registration:

Basic Introduction Course on SPSS – new

28 – 30 November, 2016

Popular, basic introduction course on the statistical computer program SPSS dealing in an easy-to-follow step-by-step way with several elements of SPSS. This course is meant for (PhD-)students who have no knowledge of statistics and/or SPSS. The course deals with: Summarizing and Presenting Data; Descriptive statistics; Introduction in using syntax; Inferential statistics; Comparison of two groups; Association Analysis; Practical Issues; and Regression analysis.

This course is free for all Erasmus MC PhD-students

For more information and registration:

Survival Analysis Course – new

12 and 13 December, 2016 (these dates are not definitive yet)

This course will be containing both lectures and practical exercises with SPSS. Understanding (some of) the essentials of statistical theory, choosing the appropriate statistical test given the research question and data, performing the corresponding statistical analysis and interpreting the resulting statistical output

For more information and registration:


Basic Course on R – new

19 – 23 December, 2016

Learning objectives: after following this course participants will be able to use R in their everyday data manipulation and statistical analysis tasks. Moreover, they will learn the basic structure of the language in such a way that it will become easier to follow more advanced topics such as the Bioconductor or advanced R programming. This course is not about statistics. However, since R is a statistical programming language some basic knowledge of statistical concepts is required. During the course the concepts needed will be briefly summarized


Translational Imaging Workshop by AMIE: From mouse to man – new

 7 - 10 February, 2017

The aim of this 4-day workshop is to give a broad introduction into preclinical and translational Molecular Imaging techniques and their applications in biology and medicine. Several applications in translational research will be discussed, such as multi-modality detection, imaging of cancer, and imaging of vascular diseases. In addition to the lectures presented in the programme, practical demonstrations on the different imaging devices will be given at the AMIE Facility, designed to facilitate multi-modal animal imaging. SPECT/CT (U-SPECT/CT, NanoSPECT/CT), PET (Inveon), CT (Skyscan), optical (ICIS), and MRI (7T GE/Varian) imaging equipment are housed in a single complex.
For more information and registration:


NGS in DNA Diagnostics Course

19 – 21 September, 2017

This course is intended for bioinformaticians, researchers and molecular & clinical geneticists. The mixed program will appeal to all those requiring a solid background in the application of NGS techniques for (routine) genetic diagnosis of a patient. NGS in DNA diagnostics is a course aimed at Genomic Resequencing in a Medical Diagnostic Context, i.e. to apply Next Generation Sequencing data as diagnostic tool in the hospital. Lectures will be accompanied with hands-on exploration

For more information and registration:

And some news which were sent to us:


BioSB Course Comparative Genomics: from evolution to function (3rd edition)
21 – 25 November, 2016
The course is intended for PhD students and master students in bioinformatics or geneticists and experimental biologists with a strong interest in evolution of the eukaryotes. It is especially relevant to students who want to compare various types of genomics data between species. Participants are expected to have some hands on experience with tools like blast, constructing multiple sequence alignments and phylogenetic trees, and in addition to have some familiarity with concepts such as orthology, synteny and protein domains
For more information about the course you can contact Celia van Gelder at

Courses organised by Boerhaave CME

On the 'Boerhaave CME (Continuing Medical Education)' website several courses for PhD students and other employees of the LUMC are announced:


- Introduction Genetic Epidemiology:  (once a year)


- Design, Management & Analysis of Clinical trials: (once a year)


- Advanced Genetic Association Analysis: (once a year)


- Regression Analysis: (once a year)


- Using R in Data Analysis: (once a year)


- Dealing with Conflicting Demands: (once a year)


- Repeated measurements: (once a year)


- Basic methods and reasoning in biostatistics: (once a year)



General information:

Download the booklet with the teaching programme for PhD students, version 2016-2017

For new PhD students: Download the forms for Coaching Group and Teaching Plan

Download MGC bulletin 52  (september 2015)

Website of Leiden University on teaching for PhD students: English or Dutch. [Courses on Research management; Career counseling; Academic writing; Writing grants, proposals and beyond; Faster reading and Memory-improvement; Creative thinking; Academic presentation / Presentation of academic work; Orientation in policymaking; Orientation on Management]


The MGC Instituten

Het MGC secretariaat is gevestigd op

de afdeling Humane Genetica, LUMC, Leiden.

TEL 071-5269600; FAX 071-5268284  

Directie secretaris: Dr. M.J.M. Nivard 071-5269605  



De MGC instituten:

Afdeling Humane Genetica

Leiden Universitair Medisch Centrum

Postbus 9600, 2300 RC Leiden


hoofd: Prof.Dr. S.M. van der Maarel  (voorzitter MGC bestuur)

Afdeling Celbiologie

Erasmus MC - Rotterdam

Postbus 2040, 3000 CA Rotterdam


hoofd: Prof.Dr. D. Huylebroeck (lid MGC bestuur)

Afdeling Moleculaire Celbiologie

Leiden Universitair Medisch Centrum

Postbus 9600, 2300 RC Leiden


hoofd: Prof.Dr. H.J. Tanke (lid MGC bestuur)

Afdeling Klinische Genetica

Erasmus MC - Rotterdam

Postbus 2040, 3000 CA Rotterdam


hoofd: Prof.Dr. R.M.W. Hofstra (secretaris MGC bestuur)

Afdeling Moleculaire Genetica

Erasmus MC - Rotterdam

Postbus 2040, 3000 CA Rotterdam


hoofd: Prof.Dr. J.H.J. Hoeijmakers (lid MGC bestuur)

LACDR (Leiden/Amsterdam Center for Drug Research) - Toxicologie groep

Universiteit Leiden

P.O. Box 9502, 2300 RA Leiden


hoofd: Prof.Dr. B. van de Water (lid MGC bestuur)  

  Afdeling Ontwikkelingsbiologie,

Erasmus MC - Rotterdam

Postbus 2040, 3000 CA Rotterdam


hoofd: Prof.Dr. J.H. Gribnau (lid MGC bestuur)


Andere afdelingen/groepen binnen het MGC

Biochemie, Erasmus MC (Prof. Dr. P. Verrijzer)

Bioinformatica, Erasmus MC (Prof. Dr. P. van der Spek)

Erasmus Optical Imaging Centre (OIC), Department of Pathology, Erasmus MC (Prof. Dr. A. B. Houtsmuller)

Genetische Epidemiologie, Erasmus MC (Prof. Dr. C.M. van Duijn)

Genetische Identificatie, Erasmus MC (Prof. Dr. M. Kayser)

Kinderheelkunde, Ontwikkelingsbiologie groep, Erasmus MC (Prof. Dr. D. Tibboel)

Anatomie en Embryologie, LUMC (Prof. Dr. C.L. Mummery)

 Huid- en geslachtsziekten, groep erfelijke melanomen, LUMC (Prof. R. Willemze, Prof. Dr. W. Bergman)

Klinische Genetica, LUMC (Prof. Dr. C.J. van Asperen)

Moleculaire Epidemiologie, LUMC (Prof. Dr. P.E. Slagboom)

Pathologie: moleculaire tumorpathologie, LUMC (Prof. V.T.H.B.M. Smit, Prof. Dr. P.C.W. Hogendoorn, Prof. J.V.M.G. Bovee, Prof. Dr. J. Morreau, Prof. Dr. P. Devilee)


   [n.b. verbeteringen voor deze lijst gaarne doorgeven aan het secretariaat]




























Revised: oktober 21, 2016