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



Symposia & Meetings:

27th MGC symposium

 Thursday  21 September, 2017

Location: Forumzaal, Erasmus University Rotterdam

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.


MGC Course Programme

You can enrol now for the following courses:

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.


Course 'Technology Facilities'

21 - 24 February, 2017, LUMC, Building 3

Provisional program 2017 (based on 2016)

The course will deal with four topics:

1. Day 1 - Genomics and Transcriptomics

     Organizers: Dr. W. van IJcken, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, and Dr. H.P.J. Buermans, and Prof. Dr. J. den Dunnen, LUMC, Leiden

2. Day 2 - Proteomics

    Organizers: Dr. J. Demmers, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam and Dr. P. Hensbergen, LUMC, Leiden

3. Day 3 – Live cell imaging (half day)

     Organizer: Dr. G. van Cappellen and Prof. Dr. A. B. Houtsmuller, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam

4. Day 4 – Metabolomics

    Organizer: Prof. Dr. T. Hankemeier, Leiden Academic Centre for Research (LACDR) - division Toxicology, University Leiden


The course is meant for PhD students who just started their research or are not familiar with the different topics. One can subscribe also for individual days.

There is a minimum of 14 and a maximum of 40 places.

 The course is free of charge for all personnel from MGC institutes. Participants from outside these institutes pay €350 including lunches. Registration costs for a single day is €100.

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)

CTO program together with the department of Pathology organizes the course Modern Cancer Pathology, 4-5-6 July, 2017

Please use the following link for further information about the program and registration (which will be provided later):


Courses organized by MolMed


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:

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 fully booked

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


Galaxy for NGS – new
6 – 8 February, 2017

The course will focus on using the Galaxy platform ( to analyse data from DNAseq and RNAseq experiments and provide the scientist a platform to communicate the output of an analysis back to the research team using iReport in Galaxy. In 2017 we will add a 3rd day on metagenomics analysis. This training of is aimed at giving the clinical research scientists who is non-bioinformatician the necessary skills to understand and successfully work with next-generation sequencing (NGS) data

For more information and registration: 


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

11 – 14 April, 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:

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

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. 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: december 05, 2016